John Vanatta, most recently of Chesterfield Township, Michigan, began his employment with the City of Siloam Springs as the Deputy Fire Chief on Monday, January 9, 2017. He is currently focusing on creating a training program for the year and working to discover what trainings the individual fire fighters need for career development. The Siloam Springs Fire Department employs forty-eight full time and twenty-one part-time fire fighters each of whom require daily, weekly and monthly training in order to meet legal, State and National Fire Protection Associations requirements. Vanatta will continue to expand job duties as Chief Criner deems appropriate.
Deputy Chief Vanatta retired from his position as Battalion Chief in Clinton Township, Michigan, but wanted to continue to his career in fire service. “I’m excited to have an impact on the (younger) fire fighters’ careers down here”, says Vanatta. “Everyone in Siloam Spring has been so kind from the beginning of the interview process, and I’m eager to start my life with my family in this great community.” He also brings with him experience as a retired Marine, where he performed air craft rescue and firefighting. In 2008, Vanatta also served as a liaison between the Marine Corp and the Iraqi National Fire Department, assisting with supplies and policies.
His wife of twenty-six years, Tammy, will be joining him in Siloam Springs, along with his youngest son, Matthew. John, his oldest son, will be attending the Fire Academy in Michigan this summer. In his free time, Vanatta enjoys reading and history, collecting fire memorabilia and identifies as a long-suffering Lions fan but adds he will adopt the Razorbacks with pride.