BHR-17.63 - Labor Agreement - Portland Firefighters' Association Local 43 and Portland Fire & Rescue - Alternative Destination and Transportation Pilot Program - Letter of Agreement

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Section 1. The Council finds:

1.  The City and the Portland Firefighters’ Association Local 43 (PFFA) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016 (the 2012-2016 CBA).

2.  PFFA is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for the purpose of establishing wages, hours and conditions of employment for employees in classifications listed in Schedule A of the 2012-2016 CBA at Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R).

3.  In or about November 2013, PF&R adopted an Alternative Destination and Transportation Pilot Program (the ADAT I Program). The ADAT I Program allows PF&R personnel to provide patients with transportation by cab to an appropriate Health Care Provider other than a Hospital Emergency Department when such alternatives are available and appropriate for the circumstances. The ADAT I Program is run through Rescue 11 (R-11), Rescue 19 (R-19), Engine 19 (E-19) and Rescue 24 (R-24).

4.  On December 3, 2014, the City on behalf of PF&R and PFFA entered into a Letter of Agreement, Exhibit A attached hereto, that will expand the ADAT I Program to include R-11, R-19, R-24, Engine 3 (E-3), Engine 4 (E-4), Engine 9 (E-9), Engine 19 (E-19), Truck 3 (T-3) and Truck 4 (T-4) upon ratification by City Council (the ADAT II Pilot Program LOA).

5.  The ADAT II Pilot Program LOA provides that the expanded program will be known as the ADAT II Pilot Program and that the ADAT I Program will no longer be recognized by PF&R and Multnomah County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) after January 1, 2015.

6.  The City’s goal in entering into the ADAT II Pilot Program is to enter approximately 10 lower acuity patients per month and provide alternative transportation to an appropriate health care provider other than a Hospital Emergency Department.

7.  The ADAT II Pilot Program LOA specifies the hours of operation, length and dates of training, number of site visits and length of site visits and staffing requirements for the ADAT II Pilot Program.

8.  The parties to the ADAT II Pilot Program LOA have agreed that the ADAT II Pilot Program will last six months; at the conclusion of the six months, PF&R will evaluate whether it will adopt an ADAT Program or discontinue it. Both parties agree to bargain any mandatory subjects of bargaining if PF&R chooses to adopt an ADAT Program.

9.  In exchange for participation in the expanded ADAT II Pilot Program, PF&R has agreed to reduce the respective Company Fire Inspection Program (CFIP) workload by three inspections per company per month for Stations 3, 4, 9 and Engine 19 during the six-month pilot period. Additionally, R-7, R-11, R-19 and R-24 will not be required to conduct any CFIP inspections during the pilot period. If PF&R chooses not to adopt an ADAT Program at the end of the six-month period, the participating units and R-7 will resume their respective CFIP inspections.

10.  The parties have agreed that Fire Inspectors or “limited duty” Firefighters will complete the exempted CFIP inspections and that the inspections will not be assigned to Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV) or other companies during the six-month ADAT II Pilot Program.

11.  Both parties have agreed to hold the RRV Company Fire Inspection Grievance, City No. 2014-027, in abeyance for the duration of the ADAT II Pilot Program; both parties have further agreed that the Unfair Labor Practice complaint, PFFA v. City of Portland, UP-059-13 will not be effected by the ADAT II Pilot Program.

12.  Upon ratification by City Council by ordinance, the ADAT II Pilot Program LOA will be effective retroactive to January 1, 2015.


NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

a.  The ADAT II Pilot Program LOA between the City on behalf of PF&R and PFFA attached hereto as Exhibit A is ratified by this Council.

b.  This ordinance is binding City policy.

Link to Exhibit A - Letter of Agreement  (PDF Document, 258 kb)


Ordinance No. 186975, passed by City Council January 14, 2015 and effective February 13, 2015.

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