Letters to the Editor

Deputy Chief Salvador Flores has been harassing individuals, he recently told our only female FF that women do not belong in the military or the fire service because they talk back.

In the past he has called her useless and weak. He has gotten away with things like this in the past due to constant intimidation to our reserve firefighters. In the past he was accused of harassing FF Randal Andres (currently working for NAF El Centro fire department) with a barrage of black jokes. Also, FF Duarte (currently with Calexico FD) was told he was useless and that he needed to get the **** out of his department. He never spoke due to constant threats, we recently found out because he was hired with the City of Calexico. The county has allowed him to get away with other instances.

Deputy Chief Flores also teaches at IVC fire academy where he is supposed to be inspiring and teaching young women in our mostly male dominated workforce.

Jose Velasquez

Heber, CA

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