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Firefighters back Berger

Posted: October 30, 2009 1:43 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2009 1:43 p.m.
The Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014 has endorsed Mike Berger for seat No. 1, of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, which governs College of the Canyons.

Dave Gillotte, president of the 3,200-member firefighters' organization, said the firefighters are proud to support Berger's candidacy.

"Commitment like Berger's is key to ensuring a better protected community through better trained and educated firefighters and paramedics," Gillotte said.

Berger, a strong proponent of local professional firefighters, has pledged that if elected he will continue to support the instructional service agreement through which College of the Canyons trains Los Angeles County firefighters.

Additionally," he said, "I would strive to support the important partnership between the college and the Fire Department's Del Valle Regional Training Center."

Gillotte said Berger has been a strong supporter of all issues related to the efficient and trendsetting college program, in his support for the Fire Science and Affiliation programs that are important to the group's membership.

As well as providing training for Los Angeles County firefighters, COC is an important provider of public safety and law enforcement training in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Berger has also been endorsed by the SCV Congress of Republicans; Assemblyman Cameron Smyth; City Councilwoman Laurene Weste; Councilman Bob Kellar; Councilwoman Marsha McLean; the COC Faculty Association; the college's California School Employees Association; Bill Kennedy; SCV Chamber of Commerce president; Bruce Fortine, COC trustee; Ernie Tichenor, COC trustee; James M. Gibson, Castaic Union School District superintendent; Gloria Mecado-Fortine, William S.Hart Union High School District trustee; Dennis King, Hart district trustee; and many other community leaders, businesses and supporters.


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