Fire Chief Jeremey Criner joined the Siloam Springs Fire Department in August 2016. Prior to moving to Siloam Springs, Chief Criner worked as the Assistant Fire Chief in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. Prior to that, he spent several years working for the Rogers (AR) Fire Department.
His primary responsibilities include executive management and oversight of the entire Fire Department; including the EMS, Training, Operations, and Fire Prevention divisions.
Chief Criner is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Administration and Technology from Northwest Arkansas Community College and a Bachelor of Fire Science degree from Columbia Southern University. Chief Criner has been credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Training Officer (CTO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Professional Credentialing. He also has been awarded Member status with the Institute of Fire Engineers.
Deputy Fire Chief Travis White joined the Siloam Springs Fire Department in 1995. Chief White was promoted to Captain in 2002, Battalion Chief/Training Officer in 2012, and Deputy Chief/Training Officer in 2015. Chief White oversees department operations along with fire and rescue training.
Chief White started as a volunteer with Highfill in 1985 until leaving as Assistant Fire Chief/Training Officer in 1998. He served as an adjunct instructor with the State for many years.
He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Administration and Technology from Northwest Arkansas Community College. Chief White was voted Officer of the year in 2015 by Siloam Springs Fire Department Members.
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Battalion Chief Don Lawson joined the Siloam Springs Fire Department in January of 1998. Battalion Chief Lawson has risen through the ranks, being promoted to Captain in 2005 and to Battalion Chief in January 2016. Prior to joining Siloam Springs Fire Department he spent time as a volunteer with the Gallatin Fire Department which he joined in 1985 and rose to the rank of Fire Chief, a position he still holds.
Battalion Chief Lawson is currently the "A" platoon supervisor and is responsible for the daily operations of that shift which includes training, scheduling, EMS response, fire response, Haz-Mat incidents, fire prevention presentations, special operations including auto extrication, swift water, confined space, high angle rescues and other special needs that arise.
Battalion Chief Lawson has completed the National Fire Academy Chief Officer course and Advanced Fire/Arson Investigation course. He is currently a Paramedic Instructor, authorized to also teach Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. He has been an Arkansas Fire Academy Adjunct Instructor for several years. Battalion Chief Lawson also served on the Benton County 911 Board for seven years.
Battalion Chief Donny Jorgensen has been with the Siloam Springs Fire Department since 2002. Chief Jorgensen was hired as a firefighter/EMT and has worked his way up through the ranks. He promoted to Captain in 2012 and to Battalion Chief in 2015. Chief Jorgensen currently serves as Battalion Chief for "B" Platoon.
Chief Jorgensen has an associate degree of applied science from Tulsa Community College.
He started his fire service career as a volunteer at Kansas (OK) in 1991 where he worked his way up to Chief. He still volunteers at Kansas, holding the rank of Captain.
Battalion Chief Jon Martin started at the Siloam Springs Fire Department in August 1991 as a part paid firefighter. He received his Paramedic certification in February of 1993 and started full time at Siloam Springs Fire Department in April 1997.
His primary duty is to manage and oversee "C" Platoon, which includes staffing, incident response, and training.
He is a trained Fire Investigator and is currently preparing to enroll in classes to obtain a bachelor degree in Fire Science Administration from Columbia Southern University.
EMS Director Brent Ford joined the Siloam Springs Fire Department in January 2002. Director Ford promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and served as the paramedic supervisor for the department until promoting to EMS Director in 2011. He started his career in the fire service in 1992 and earned his paramedic certification in 2000.
His primary responsibilities include the administration of the fire department’s EMS program; encompassing EMS training, EMS protocol development, and adherence.
Director Ford is licensed as an Arkansas and Oklahoma EMS instructor and is certified as an instructor for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, American Heart Association in several disciplines, and is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Educators.