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North Bay Fires: How to Help

The devastation caused by the fires in the North Bay has been heartbreaking. Many of our members are undergoing severe hardship, including firefighters and other first responders who are risking their lives to help others, even as their own homes have been threatened or destroyed.

How You Can Help

There are many known and reputable charities, such as the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of America, but many members have asked specifically how they can support the first responders. Two examples are listed below.

Go Fund a Hero Fundraising Campaign

The Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 and Santa Rosa Firefighters, IAFF Local 1401, have launched an official fundraising platform at Go Fund a Hero to assist the many firefighters and their families who’ve lost homes. 

Funds raised here will be distributed equally among those in need – currently at least 40 firefighter families affected from IAFF Locals 1401 (Santa Rosa Firefighters), 1775 (Marin Professional Firefighters), 2881 (Cal Fire Firefighters), 55 (Oakland Firefighters), 798 (San Francisco Firefighters), 1415 (Petaluma Firefighters), and several other smaller agencies and locals.

San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program Collecting Donations

You can drop off donations of diapers, new kids clothing, toys, and baby wipes at 2225 Jerrold Ave in San Francisco, or at the SF Fire Credit Union branches, which will have donation barrels available as of October 13th. These will be distributed at the emergency shelters. You can also donate money at The SF Firefighter Toy Program’s website.

Important News About the North Bay Fires

The devastating fires across the North Bay are heartbreaking. SF Fire Credit Union is here to help our members with homes lost or damaged in this disaster

Getting Help with Your Mortgage or Home Equity Line of Credit

Please contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. Once done, please follow the instructions below depending on your situation:

  • If you have a first mortgage or a first mortgage and a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) with us:
  • please call 1-888-653-7738. Please advise the representative that your home was damaged by fire, and they will route you to the team handling this situation.

  • If you have only a HELOC with us, and a first mortgage with another lender:
  • please contact the lender holding your first mortgage. They will require that insurance loss proceeds be processed through them. However, if you have any questions, please call us at 415.674.4800 or 1.888.499.3473 (FIRE) and ask to speak to our Real Estate department.

  • If you have a HELOC with us and no first mortgage:
  • please call us at 415.674.4800 or 1.888.499.3473 (FIRE) and ask to speak with our Real Estate Department


We will do whatever we can to assist you in the wake of these terrible circumstances

Data Breach at Equifax

Equifax, one of the three US credit bureaus, reported a data breach of its systems, potentially impacting approximately 143 million US consumers. SF Fire Credit Union systems were not affected. Nevertheless, we encourage our members to always take precautions to protect their data.

What Information Could be at Risk?

Information at risk includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Additionally, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 US consumers and certain dispute documents, which included personal identifying information, for approximately 182,000 consumers were accessed.

Actions to Protect your Information

Actions you can take include:

  • Monitoring your credit grade on a regular basis – currently available through Online and Mobile Banking.
  • Monitoring your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com – you can obtain one free copy of your credit report once per year for each of the three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion).
  • Placing freezes on your credit directly with the credit bureaus.

What is Equifax Doing to Help?

Equifax has created a tool on their website to allow US consumers to see if they are potentially impacted by this breach. They are also providing complimentary enrollment in an identity theft protection and credit monitoring service called TrustedID Premier, which will provide the following options:

  • 3-Bureau credit monitoring of your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports.
  • Copies of your Equifax credit report.
  • The ability to lock and unlock your Equifax credit report.
  • Identity theft insurance.
  • Internet scanning for your Social Security number.
  • These features are all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year.

In response to some initial concerns, Equifax has clarified on their website that enrolling in this service does not waive any rights to take legal action.

How Do I Know If I Am At Risk?

Please follow this link to check if your personal information may be at risk, and to learn more. You will also find the tool to enroll in TrustedID Premier if you so choose. You will need to provide several pieces of personal information to allow TrustedID Premier to verify your identity.

An Update From The California And Nevada Credit Union League

This issue goes beyond SF Fire Credit Union. The California and Nevada Credit Union League is working closely with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to monitor this situation and potential impacts on members. They have provided the following update as of today:

  • Chairman Jeb Hensarling has indicated he will hold hearings, and we expect other committees to follow suit
  • There is a lot of speculation about how this breach will impact public policy. This includes new legislation and security requirements, third-party supervisory authority reviews, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule
  • CUNA has requested a detailed briefing with Equifax regarding the breach and consumer notification and protection efforts

25th Annual Old-Timers' Night Dinner

The 2017 Phoenix Society of San Francisco invites you to join us at our 25th Annual Old-Timers’ Night Dinner

Honoring Retired S.F.F.D. Veterans:

CAPT. Greg Stewart – FF E29, Lt E1, T1, E35, E7, T7, E11, T11, E32, E21 Swing, E33, Capt. Radio, R48, E9, Lt. Fireboat, E18, Capt Support Services, BOE, Airport

FF Jim Gallagher – FF T13, Old E19, E14, T14

DEP. CH. Joe Asaro FF E33, E40, E29, Lt. E43, Capt. Rescue 1, T12, E5, T1, T15, E20, E15, T-BAT, 5,6,9,10 Asst. Ch. Training, ADC Training, Deputy Chief CD3

DEP CH. Ray Balzarini – FF E7, Rescue 1, Lt. Training, E1 Swing, Capt. Airport 1 & 3, Bat. Chf. BAT 1 & 3, ADC Airport, DC CD2,

ASST. CH. Jack Hickey – FF Sal. 1, Old E6, T5, Lt. Rescue 2, E38, E36, Capt. E36, Bat. Chf., BAT 2, Hazmat, Asst. Chf BFI

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Spanish Cultural Center- Patio Español
2850 Alemany Blvd. at Farragut Ave., San Francisco

No-host Cocktails: 6:00pm – Dinner: 7:00pm

Dinner Choices: $55 per person
New York Strip Roast with Mushroom Sauce or
Poached Salmon with Champagne Sauce or
Breast of Chicken with Sherry Cream Sauce

Vegetarian & Children’s Meals: $35 per person

Reservations needed! Deadline: Friday, Oct. 27th
Call early to arrange a table for your group (up to 10 per table).

For phone reservations call Phil Reid after Sept. 30th at: (415) 285-7392

Fallen Firefighters: We Will Remember

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San Francisco lost a dedicated firefighter on August 23rd, 2017, with the passing of Perry Choy (pictured left). His passing is a great loss to the SFFD family. We honor him and send our deepest condolences to his family.

We also mourn the loss of Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel (pictured right). Chief Smerdel died in the line of duty on September 10th, 2017, a loss to the community and to all who knew him. We honor him and send our deepest condolences to his family.

Run Wild San(ta) Francisco

Register now for the Run Wild San(ta) Francisco 5K and Kids Dash – the original SF Santa Hat Run.

Sunday, December 3rd at Crissy Field, San Francisco (East Beach)
Register at www.RUNWILDSF.com

Schedule:
6:30AM – Check in Opens
8:00AM – 5K Race Start
8:30AM – Post Race Festival Opens
9:00AM – Kids 100 Yard Dash
9:15AM – Awards Ceremony

This event benefits the San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program.
BRING A TOY and/or MAKE A DONATION
The San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Program will be onsite race day accepting donations of new unwrapped toys. Racers are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or two on race day to donate and/or to make a donation when you register. Any donation above your entry fee will be given to the San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Program and is 100% tax deductible.

11th Annual Johnny V. Memorial Toy Run

Wind & Fire MC – Barbary Coast Chapter – San Francisco

presents “The 10th Annual Johnny V Memorial Toy Run”
4th, 2017*
2225 Jerrold Street, San Francisco, CA

Registration: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Donation: $25 (Rider $5)
with New Unwrapped Toy

A run dedicated to benefit, “Local798’s”, San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, In Memory of (Firefighter, Brother, Toy King) John Voelker, “Johnny V”

Disaster Relief: How Our Members Can Help

The news and images from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been heartbreaking. In true credit union spirit, many members have asked how they can help.

There are many channels for providing aid. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of disasters to solicit funds under false pretenses. It is important to verify that any organization you help is legitimate. Consumer Reports and Charity Watch are two examples of organizations that provide evaluations that could be helpful to you.

One great way of supporting Firefighters and other first responders is to donate to the International Association of Fire Fighters Foundation at www.iaff.org

Other examples of ways to contribute include:

  • Donating money or blood to the Red Cross.
  • Donating money to the Humane Society of America

Additionally, the National Credit Union Foundation has activated an online disaster relief system, CUAid.coop, to raise money for credit union members, employees, and volunteers in the disaster areas. You can find information and donate at cuaid.coop.