VCFD Recognizes 108 Employees Who Earned Promotions


CAMARILLO, Calif. – The Ventura County Fire Department will recognize 108 employees Thursday, June 9, for earning 113 promotions over the past two and a half years. Social distancing restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic prohibited annual ceremonies recognizing sworn personnel and civilian employees who earned promotions. Thursday’s event honors everyone who earned a promotion since … Read more

VCFD Welcomes New Firefighter Trainees – Academy 59

Academy 59

The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) introduces 19 new firefighter trainees who have successfully completed 20 weeks of intense training at VCFD’s Regional Training Center in Camarillo. Under the leadership of VCFD’s training staff, the trainees of Academy 59 will enter the field this Sunday as they staff fire engines and ladder trucks throughout Ventura … Read more

VCFD Promotes Chuck Scherrei to Assistant Chief

Chuck Scherrei

The Ventura County Fire Department announced the promotion of Chuck Scherrei to assistant chief in charge of operations today. Scherrei, who was selected after a nationwide search, is an 18-year veteran of the department and worked his way through the ranks of firefighter, engineer, captain and battalion chief before receiving this promotion. Most recently, he … Read more

Simple rubbish disposal tips


Ventura County provides many opportunities and partnerships. When Justin Honsinger from @wastemanagement reached out about educating the community on some simple rubbish disposal tips we jumped right in. Batteries and electronics including vape pens do not belong in any of the trash cans, they should be disposed of at recycling facilities that can be found … Read more

Meet the Dispatcher: Amy White

Amy White

How long have you been a dispatcher? 8 years Why did you become a dispatcher? Dispatchers are a vital part of the emergency response system, and it is so important to get the right resources to the right location as quickly as possible.  It is such an honor to be the voice on the phone … Read more

Meet the Dispatcher: Heather Lam

Heather Lam

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m originally from Northern California where I attended Saint Mary’s College of California and received a degree in Psychology. I’m a mom to two amazing boys who keep me busy when I’m not at work, which usually involves watching them play soccer, rugby, or video games.   I … Read more

Meet the Dispatcher: Robert Navarro

Robert Navarro

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Robert Navarro. I have been in the fire service for 28 years. I am 47, and originally from Highland Park down in the Los Angeles area. How long have you been a dispatcher? 22 years, including 19 years with VCFD Why did you become a dispatcher? I … Read more

Meet the Dispatcher: Julie Fuchs

Julie Fuchs

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born and raised in Ventura County and currently live in Camarillo. I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Forestry and Natural Resources. My husband Brett is a middle school teacher here in Camarillo and we have been married for 25 … Read more

Meet the Dispatcher: Travis Kelsey

Travis Kelsey

Tell us a little about yourself. I am Travis Kelsey. I am married and have an 8-year-old son. My wife is Shanelle, and my son is Kolton. They are my reason for everything I do. I love playing guitar, riding my Harley (I have a 2021 Road Glide Special) and spending time with my family. … Read more

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