Alumni Updates

VCLA Alum Dustin Gardner

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Dustin Gardner

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Dustin Gardner (Cohort XXI) for being appointed as the next Fire Chief for the County of Ventura - Government.

After a nationwide recruitment, Gardner will become the 12th Fire Chief in Ventura County Fire Department's 94-year history.
“I am deeply honored to be appointed as the next Ventura County Fire Chief. I believe the dedicated people that serve the Ventura County Fire Department are among the most talented in today's fire service. We will continue to value strong relationships with our local and regional partners with an unwavering commitment to improving and enhancing our services. We will remain dedicated to creating an environment that cultivates trust, honor, and dedication with the diverse communities of Ventura County that we are proud to serve and where we call home,” said Chief Gardner.

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