IAFF Welcomes New California Local

October 4 • 2021

La Habra Heights Local 5349 is the newest California affiliate to join the IAFF.

La Habra Heights is a small city located inside Los Angeles County, California. The fire department serves the city and answers automatic aid calls with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

As the demand for service has increased over the years, the La Habra Heights Fire Department has progressively evolved from a volunteer department to a combination fire department. Now with four career members of the department, it was the right time to organize and join the IAFF.

“We wanted to establish ourselves as a union and soon hope to negotiate adding more career members to our department,” says Local 5349 President Ryan Jorgensen. “Local 5349 members are also looking forward to tapping into the education and training the IAFF has to offer.”

Joining Jorgensen on the Local 5349 Executive Board are Secretary Robert Montaghami and Treasurer Michael Sokoloff.