John Vanatta Jr., MS

Siloam Springs Fire Department

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Siloam Springs Fire Department
Bronze Most Valuable Member


I am a newly appointed Deputy Chief with the Siloam Springs Fire Department. I expect to be assigned primary responsibility for departmental training.

I retired in January, 2017 from the Clinton Township Department of Fire Rescue EMS at the rank of Battalion Chief. My experience includes serving as a paramedic, fire instructor, and company officer. As chair of the Apparatus Committee, I completed the specifications for apparatus and equipment totaling almost $2.5 million. I also served as the Team Leader of the Macomb County Hazardous Materials Team, which included members from 9 departments.

Prior to becoming a firefighter, I enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve, serving as a combat engineer through the the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. I transferred to Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF), and over the next five years, I built and equipped an ARFF unit from scratch. We were mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served in North Carolina. After deployment, I was promoted and assigned as Company 1st Sergeant. I was promoted to Master Gunnery Sergeant in 2008 and deployed to Iraq, where I conducted an evaluation of the Iraqi Fire Service on behalf of military civil affairs and the US State Department. After my return from Iraq, I served as an Operations Chief and provided input to ARFF policies and equipment until retiring in 2013.

My military and fire service careers provided me with a wealth of experience and education in leadership and administration. I lead by example, am physically fit, and passionate about mentoring and succession planning. A lifelong learner, I recently completed a master’s degree and regularly attend seminars and training. I am a member of the 2016 Fire Service Executive Development Institute sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. My future goal is to obtain a Fire Chief’s position, and I look forward to the opportunity to lead a progressive and innovative Fire & EMS department.