January 1, 2023
As we begin 2023, I want to thank the membership for their unwavering dedication to the residents of Orange County. I would also like to thank the outgoing executive board for their hard work and dedication over the past two years. You should be proud of your accomplishments and excellent service you have delivered to the members.
With a new year, comes a new board representing Local 3631. We thank you and your families for the hard work and dedication you put in every day.
Traditionally, a new year means reassessing our goals. First and foremost is securing a contract that recognizes the sacrifices you have made over the past two years. We will also work to build better communication with our membership and foster new relationships with the OCFA board of directors and executive management.
Your L3631 board has a tremendous amount of work ahead of us and will need your support to push L3631 into the future. Looking back at the recent election we can see how capable this membership is. With minimal engagement, we were successful in getting multiple firefighter friendly candidates elected. The next election will be here before we know it, therefore, we will continue our commitment locally to build relationships with new and current elected officials. With your help our future looks bright.
As the OCFA board meets for the first time at the end of January, they will have nine new members on their twenty-five member board. For weeks, the executive board has been working diligently to ensure the new members that are assigned understand the difficult working conditions you have endured. We have been building relationships with these new members and hope to achieve success with their support.
The strength of our local stands with its members. As we move forward, the engagement of every member is going to be required to secure a contract. Let’s remember the hard work of those before us. I look forward to seeing you at the Fallen Firefighter Relief Fund event in Dana Point on January 8th and the first general membership meeting of the year on January 26th.
Stay safe and take care of each other,
Chris Hamm, President
OC Firefighters, L3631