I am proud to present the 10th District Newsletter on behalf of the more than 44,000 professional Firefighters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Guam.

In just a couple of weeks, we will be hosting the 2nd Annual 10th District Partnership Education Program (PEP) training event to be held at the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown Los Angeles. I hope to see everyone there as the IAFF provides critical leadership development training along with discussions on best practices in the fire service.
Last month, the California Professional Firefighters hosted their 2018 convention, also in Downtown Los Angeles. This was a spirited convention with notable speakers, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In the end, a new President and Secretary-Treasurer were elected to lead the CPF in the coming years, and I want to wish Brian Rice and Mike Lopez all the best as they assume these new positions. I also want to wish Lou Paulson and Lew Stone all the best and thank them for their years of service to the CPF and to our Firefighters.

It is my honor to serve as your IAFF Vice President for the 10th District. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or comments.

In Solidarity,
Frank Lima
10th District Vice President
International Association of Fire Fighters
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 2:00PM, the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) was marked with fire alarms in community fire stations across the United States and Canada ringing simultaneously.

One hundred years ago, the IAFF was established to give fire fighters a greater voice to make sure their communities stay safe and fire fighters stay safe in a deadly profession. Over those 100 years as the IAFF has grown stronger it has lead dramatic improvements in fire safety including better sprinklers, improved smoke alarms and public education.

The IAFF has made the job of firefighting safer, leading the way in providing a greater understanding of the hazards of fighting fires including deadly cancers and post-traumatic stress, spearheading improvements in treatment and prevention and forcing lawmakers across two nations to change laws to protect their firefighters.

The Centennial Celebration will continue at the 54th Convention in Seattle, Washington on August 6-8, 2018. For more information, visit  convention2018.iaff.org

For a detailed history of the IAFF from founding to present day, visit  100years.iaff.org .
In early May, the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) hosted their biennial convention in Downtown Los Angeles at the J.W. Marriott. Several hundred Firefighters from all over California attended the convention where history was made when for the first time in over 40 years a new President and and Secretary-Treasurer were voted into office to replace the incumbent officers.

On behalf of IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger and the entire IAFF leadership team, I would like to congratulate newly-elected CPF President Brian Rice and Secretary-Treasurer Mike Lopez. Brother Rice and Lopez will be leading the CPF at a critical time in California history as voters will soon be electing a new Governor and the attacks on organized labor and public employees will continue to ramp up.

The IAFF has a long history of working closely with the CPF to benefit the professional Firefighters in the State of California and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in the days to come.

Nearly 10 years after withdrawing from the California Professional Firefighters (CPF), Orange County Professional Firefighters Local 3631, representing more than 1,000 Firefighters covering 23 cities and the unincorporated areas of Orange County, voted in March to re-affiliate with the CPF. Their re-affiliation with the CPF took place starting May 6, once the recent CPF convention in Los Angeles concluded.

This is an excellent step in the right direction both for Local 3631 and the CPF as the brothers and sisters of the OCPFA voted to once again join the California statewide Firefighter association as full members.

Special thanks goes out to the Executive Board of Local 3631, led by President Baryic Hunter. With a new leadership team in place at the CPF and the re-affiliation of more than 1,000 professional Firefighters from Orange County, the future looks even brighter for the CPF as they will continue to be the voice for our Firefighters in the CA State Capitol fighting for legislation and funding that benefits our First Responders throughout California.

Congratulations on this successful action that will benefit all Firefighters in California as the CPF will only become bigger and stronger in the years to come.
The IAFF continues to monitor and support the disaster relief efforts taking place in on the islands of Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii after a series of natural events ravaged the region. IAFF 10th DVP Frank Lima and HFFA President Bobby Lee visited with members who were among those stranded due to the mudslides.

On April 14th on the island of Kauai, Hawaii Firefighters joined the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Guard, and police to evacuate the over 270 people from their homes after over 49 inches of intense rain fell over a 24-hour period. The unprecedented rains caused massive flooding and mudslides that washed away roads, bridges, and a portion of Hawaii Route 56. Dozens of homes were damaged and at least four homes were washed away in the wake of the rains.  The storm has proven to be one of the most devastating to hit the Islands, ravaging parts of North Kauai with floods and landslides and leaving remote communities isolated for weeks. 

Hawaii Governor David Ige declared a State of Emergency immediately after the floods and the Hawaiian legislature approved $125 million in disaster funding, including $100 million for Kauai. As the long road to recovery continues on Kauai, the Hawaii Firefighters are there to help with recovery efforts and restore services to hundreds of displaced residents.   

Just weeks later on May 4th, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake on the Big Island led to a series of major eruptions at the Kilauea volcano that sprayed smoke and hot lava across neighborhoods over weeks that damaged at least 82 structures and closed major roads. Hawaii Firefighters, assisted by the Hawaii National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and Police, led major evacuation efforts of approximately 2,000 people from the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions in Puna on the island’s southeastern corner. As Hawaii continues to grapple with these major incidents, Firefighters remain on the frontlines to protect life property in the region.

For current alerts and hazards from the USGS, click  HERE .

For a list of Federal Resources for Hawaii Families impacted by Natural Disasters, click  HERE .


Thomas Fire
Over 8,500 Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions mobilized to battle the Thomas Fire, the largest wildfire in California history. Nearly 282,000 acres burned across large parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, destroying 1,063 structures, damaging 280 others, and costing more than $177 million over eight long days. Strong Santa Ana winds combined with hot, dry air were the largest contributors to the fire's rapid expansion that forced over 104,607 residents to evacuate.  
Montecito Mudslides
Adding to the devastation, heavy rains pelted the scorched hillsides in January 2018, creating flash floods and massive mudslides that destroyed 129 homes and damaged 307 more in the Montecito area. In total, 21 deaths were attributed to the debris flow from the fire and mudslides. More than 1,250 Firefighters from California and other states, along with the California Conservation Corps and California National Guard, were dispatched to Santa Barbara County for search and rescue operations.
Tragically, Cal Fire San Diego Engineer, Cory Iverson, died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation while fighting with a Strike Team of five engines providing mutual aid near Fillmore during the Thomas Fire. One other Firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries and one 70-year-old woman died in a car accident during the evacuations.

Fallen firefighter Cory Iverson honored at San Diego service

San Diego firefighter's widow gives birth to their baby

Photo by Matt Hartman
Photo by Matt Hartman
The 10th District will host an IAFF District Partnership Education Program (PEP) Event on Tuesday, June 19th and Wednesday, June 20th at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, CA. All PEP workshops are designed to be interactive, engage students, and will be delivered by IAFF PEP instructors who have a vast amount of knowledge and experience with union skills. The various tracks include: Leadership, Health & Safety, Negotiations, Secretary-Treasurer, and Union Administration. Click  HERE  for more information.

The Professional Firefighters of Arizona (PFFA) held its 52nd annual convention in Tucson, Arizona. The Arizona affiliates held a three-day convention and IAFF Partnership Education Program (PEP). Over 250 Sisters and Brothers from across the State convened for education and solidarity. Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona President Bryan Jeffries presided over the Convention with his Executive Board.

The past year for the PFFA was highlighted with another successful year at the Arizona State Legislature. The legislative team, led by Director of Legislative Affairs Mike Colleto and Phoenix Fire Captain and Director of Government Affairs Chuck LeVinus, was successful in increasing the PTSI benefits covered by employers, improving military leave for members who serve our country. 

Goodyear Fire Captain, 10th District State Representative and PFFA Representative Steve Gilman, assisted nearly 30 Locals from across the State in successfully obtaining their first Memorandum of Understanding. This is an enormous victory in a Right-to-Work State. 

Glendale Fire Captain and PFFA Executive Vice President Joe Hester laid out an extensive plan for the next fiscal year and legislative cycle for the PFFA. Pension funding through creative partnerships will lead the priority list for the PFFA.

Team 10th was there in force with the DVP and all of the DFSRs in attendance. District Vice President Lima gave a passionate recap of the past year for the district and highlighted the various achievements our Locals and Chapters throughout the 10th have achieved. DVP Lima also proudly announced his intent to run for re-election in 2020. 

District Field Service Representative and newly-elected California Professional Firefighters President Brian Rice spoke about the unification of the 10th District. Brian also provided an inspirational push to stay driven to improving the lives of our members.

Finally, the Convention was topped off with a motivating speech by Local 493 member, Glendale Firefighter, and Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. Daniel gave an update on his journey through the fire service, City Council and his challenging campaign to become Mayor of the 5th largest City in America. Daniel asked for a call to action to support his endeavor to become the first IAFF big-city Mayor.
With the recent announcement that the current Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Greg Stanton, is stepping down to run for a seat in the United States Congress, Vice Mayor Thelda Williams will serve as the interim Mayor until a new Mayor Pro Tempore is elected at the City Council meeting on June 11th. The person will occupy the Mayor's seat until a new permanent Mayor is elected by the voters on November 6, 2018.

As many of you know, our friend and colleague, Firefighter Daniel Valenzuela, who is currently serving as a Phoenix City Councilmember, is running to become the first Latino Mayor of the 5th largest city in the U.S. Daniel has been serving as a Council Member in Phoenix since 2012. He will continue to focus on public safety, innovation, education, and health.
While many police officers have made the change to become elected officials in their respective cities, very few Firefighters have entered the political arena - especially at this high of a level. With Arizona being one of several states left in the country that has "Right to Work" laws that harm labor unions and working families, the potential election of a true friend and Firefighter in Daniel Valenzuela will be an incredible victory for our brothers and sisters in Arizona and it will send a strong message to the rest of the country that Firefighters are united and ready and willing to support one of our own.

Please do what you can to support Brother Valenzuela in this critical election. For more information, visit  www.danielforphoenix.com .

In March, local Firefighter unions from across the U.S. and Canada gathered at the 2018 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The Legislative Conference is a vital part of the International Association of Fire Firefighters' (IAFF) advocacy on a federal level on behalf of our members in the professional fire service.

This year's Legislative Conference focused on several federal issues that directly impact our jobs, health, and overall safety. Firefighters engaged in lobbying key local Congressional Representatives on the importance of the continuation of critical federal grants that aide local fire departments and promote safe fire ground staffing, including the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) grants, the creation of a National Cancer Registry to gather data from across the nation on cancer in the fire service, and the importance of supporting collective bargaining. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and for standing in solidarity with your fellow brothers and sisters in the fire service. 

Watch clips from the conference  here .
IAFF Executive Board and Trustees at the 100-Year Anniversary.
DVP Frank Lima, GST Ed Kelly, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and UFLAC Local 112 President Tony Gamboa at the Creek Fire Command Post in Southern California.
10th District Field Service Representative Team: Brian Rice, Tony Butch, Diego Arencon, and Frank Lima. Congrats to Tony Butch for accepting the position of Deputy Chief for the Tempe, Arizona FD. Thank you for your service to 10th District!
Proud to support Congressmember Lucille Royal-Allard, a longtime friend of our Firefighters.
Congrats to Brother Frank Ramagnano, President of Toronto Firefighters L3888, for being elected to the NCPERS Executive Board.
DVP Lima, L798 President Tom O’Connor (who gave an outstanding presentation), and GST Kelly at the IAFF Cancer Summit.
IAFF 10th District Legislative Conference with special guest US Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii.
Surprise, AZ merged into Phoenix Area Firefighters Local 493.
New Mexico and Hawaii Firefighters attend the IAFF ALTS Conference.
Firefighter-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom with Lorenzo and Nonno Frank.
Team 10th District visits Tucson Fire Station 10 with Local 479 President Campbell.
District Field Service Representatives 
I would like it to take a moment to inform you of a change in Team 10th. DFSR Tony Butch from Arizona, Local 493 will be stepping down from his position as DFSR and Glendale Chapter Vice President. Brother Butch will be taking a position with the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department as a Deputy Chief. Brother Butch will continue to fight for the members and team 10th, but just in a different capacity. Thank you, Brother Butch, for your efforts and service to the 10th District. 

Brian Rice
California Professional Firefighters

Diego Arencon
Albuquerque & NMPFFA - Local 244 NM

State Service Representatives
Bryan Jeffries
Professional Firefighters of Arizona out of Mesa - Local 2260

Josh Campbell
Tucson Fire - Local 479
(520) 889-2831

Bill Whitaker
10th District PEP Instructor
Phoenix Fire - Local 493

Shon Buford
San Francisco - Local 798

Jeff DelBono
Alameda City - Local 689

Tony Spitaleri
Retired President
Palo Alto Fire - Local 1319

Tim Strack
Riverside City Fire - Local 1067
(951) 237-8518

Robert Sanchez
Albuquerque & NMPFFA - Local 244
Robert Lee
Hawaii Fire Fighters Association - Local 1463

Andy Fukuda
Hawaii Fire Fighters Association - Local 1463

Aaron Lenchanko
Hawaii Fire Fighters Association - Local 1463

Stephen Gilman
United Goodyear Firefighters Association – Local 4005

Baryic Hunter
Orange County Firefighters Association – Local 3631

Derek Robinson
Kern County Firefighters - Local 1301

Hunter Clare
United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association - Local 493

Patrick Ferguson
Five Cities Professional Firefighters - Local 4403

Standing Committees

David Gillotte
Los Angeles County Firefighters - Local 1014

Derek Robinson
Kern County Firefighters - Local 1301

Cristian Cruz
Albuquerque, New Mexico Local 244

Kevin Burkhart
United Emergency Medical Professionals of Arizona- Industrial I-60

David Bautista
Orange County Firefighters – Local 3631

Anita Paratley
San Francisco Firefighters - Local 798

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