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L. Scott Gribbons, Board Chair Firefighters First Credit Union


A Message from the Chair…


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HE GOOD OL’ DAYS . . . Many of us remember the good ol’ days back when we fought fire in our comfortable dun-


garee jeans, no donning of the breathing ap- paratus and face piece at every fire (breaking our backs and limiting our visibility). No hoods either . . . we could use our ears as heat sen- sors, and let’s not forget about those great open cab rigs and open air tiller buckets allowing us to maintain greater visual awareness. Being an LAFD firefighter was much simpler and life was good!


The Credit Union was great too.


We had simple savings accounts . . . noth- ing fancy. All of us received the same rate on our loans (no matter how good or bad our credit was) and Mary at the front desk always remembered my name when I walked in the door. Today, we are mandated to wear full


turnouts, B/A’s and hoods. We’re fully en- capsulated and at times it’s uncomfortable


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and more difficult to communicate. Our rigs all have fully enclosed cabs making its difficult to view overhead hazards and upper floors. Change was painful and we resisted it. However, along the way some interesting things have occurred. We ex- perienced fewer and less severe burns and we didn’t expose ourselves to toxic smoke nearly as much as before. And those open cabs were great – until we got a move-up in pouring rain at 2 am - wearing soaking wet turnouts all day and night was com- mon.


Today, the staff at the Credit Union


is still great, but it’s not Mary and they may not know my name. Things have changed and we have resisted it. Howev- er, along the way some interesting things have occurred. I rarely need to drive to the Credit Union because today I can execute almost all of my banking online or through


my mobile app whenever I want. I get an even lower rate on my loans because I take pride in having good credit. I use my ex- clusive firefighter Credit Union Visa card, my check is directly deposited into my account, and I transfer funds within my account and even to my friends with ease and from wherever I happen to be - work, home or on vacation in Hawaii. I have ex- clusive access to a professional financial planner and it’s free . . . and much more. Yes, change is inevitable . . . and we


may resist it initially, but with good plan- ning, good things will happen. Until then, let’s try to remember that today is the good ol’ days of 30 years from now.


L. Scott Gribbons Board Chair


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