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Reinstate AFPD Battalion Chief Antonio Moreno

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We, the undersigned, are asking the Amador Fire Protection District Board of Directors (consisting of all five members of the Amador County Board of Supervisors) to reinstate Antonio Moreno to the position of Battalion 20 Chief. We believe that removing Antonio from this volunteer post is an incredible disservice to the public safety of our communities.

Antonio has been a dedicated public servant to the communities of Plymouth, Fiddletown, River Pines and Willow Creek for 37 years as a volunteer member of our local fire services. He has responded to hundreds of calls including wildland fires, structure fires, medical aids, vehicle accidents and more. Antonio’s experience and training as a paid firefighter in neighboring El Dorado County, combined with his understanding of our area’s geography and his relationships with local residents and business owners, make him a uniquely qualified individual when it comes to keeping our communities safe. Antonio has saved countless lives, and comforted many during the worst imaginable circumstances.

We believe that Antonio’s passionate support of the existing volunteer program is sincere and that his concerns about changes in the structure of that program should be considered. It is also our belief that although he may disagree with the direction that the department is moving, his difference of opinion does not warrant dismissal, let alone notification of that dismissal while responding to a call for medical assistance, with no explanation given.

The undersigned recognize that the business of fire protection is not easy and that the challenges facing our fire protection district can be complicated. We respectfully request that you reinstate Battalion Chief Antonio Moreno as we believe his input, experience and continued service are important to both finding solutions to AFPD’s challenges and the wellbeing of our communities.

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