Los Angeles (CA) County Fire Department to Partake in Workplace Trauma Discussion

On the heels of this month’s Agua Dulce (CA) station shooting that left one victim dead and another seriously injured, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors scheduled a motion to address workplace trauma within the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).

The board is asking “the Fire Chief to work in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, Directors of Personnel, Mental Health and other relevant County Departments to explore the feasibility of developing a mechanism to address workplace trauma,” officials noted at last week’s meeting.

The motion includes:

  • Creating a unit consisting of a culturally competent Lead, Assistant and Contracting Clinician to develop enhanced proactive and reactive strategies to address workplace trauma or potential workplace trauma.
  • Revamping an internal Peer Support Counselor program to strive for the 10% industry standard.
  • Possess sufficient staff, training budget, logistical, and training support needed for response and training.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the fire department’s grievance and internal and external complaint process.
  • Accepting recommendations wherein personnel feel comfortable in voicing concerns regarding investigations, managers, supervisors, peer-to-peer, and receiving timely feedback.
  • Developing a plan to offer Department Funded Mental Health Visits to employees and their immediate families with vetted Culturally Competent Clinicians.
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