Command Staff

Fire Chief Jeremey Criner

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

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 in 2015. Chief White oversees the Department's Operations Division and serves as the ISO Program Manager.

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.




SSFD Finalized

Deputy Fire Chief John Vanatta joined the Siloam Springs Fire Department in January 2017. Prior to moving to Siloam Springs, Chief Vanatta worked as a Battalion Chief in Clinton Township, Michigan, where he was selected as Firefighter of the Year in 2015. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Chief, attaining the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. In 2008-2009, he deployed to Iraq as the military civil affairs liaison to the Iraqi Fire Service. Chief Vanatta retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 2013.

His primary responsibilities include oversight and management of the Fire Department's Training Division. This includes curriculum development, instruction, and coordination with outside entities. Chief Vanatta also serves as the Department's Health and Safety Officer as well as Accreditation Manager.

In 2016, Chief Vanatta was one of 20 fire chiefs from across North America selected by the International Association of Fire Chiefs to participate in the Fire Service Executive Development Institute. He has attended several courses at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff & Command. Chief Vanatta’s academic achievements include an Associate of Fire Science degree from Macomb County Community College, a Bachelor of Leadership from Baker College, and a Masters of Science in Technology Studies from Eastern Michigan University.


Battalion Chief Don Lawson

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 Jorgenson

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.  



SSFD Finalized
Currently Vacant. Promotional testing for this position will occur in the 4th quarter of 2017.

EMS Director Brent Ford

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.      



Fire Marshal Dustin Kindell joined the Siloam Springs Fire Department in March 2005. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as Lieutenant, Captain, Fire Prevention Specialist, and was promoted to Fire Marshal in October 2016. Fire Marshal Kindell is a licensed paramedic and holds numerous fire service certifications.

His primary responsibilities include oversight and management of the Department's Fire Prevention Division; including fire investigations, fire code review/enforcement, and life safety inspections.

Fire Marshal Kindell serves on the executive board of the Arkansas Fire Marshal's Association alongside fellow fire marshals statewide to improve fire codes and safety standards for all residents. He started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in Oklahoma before moving to Arkansas.