Meet the Dispatcher: 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

Meet the Dispatcher: Marnie Henson

Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Ventura County. My husband Steven and I live in Camarillo where we both grew up. I have 3 grown sons, 2 stepdaughters, 2 soon to be daughters-in-law, 3 grandsons and a 1 yr. old granddaughter. We stay busy!  In our down time we … Read more

Meet the Dispatcher: Ann Marie Cafuentes

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Ann Marie Cafuentes. I am a mother to two beautiful children, my son Vincent Ryu and my daughter Jade Elizabeth. I have been married to my high school sweetheart Armando for 12 years. I am a proud Filipino American and have a German Shepherd named Harley. … Read more

Meet the Dispatcher: Brittany Lavallee

Tell us a little about yourself. Hi all, my name is Brittany, my coworkers call me CLIFFY, BRL, or Lavallee. I am from Simi Valley and very proud to be a resident of Ventura County. My favorite sports teams are the Dodgers and the Rams! I enjoy paddleboarding, playing with my goddaughters, spending time with … Read more

Dispatchers Put the First in First Responder

Fire Communications Center Answered 100,348 emergency Calls in 2021 A 64-year-old man stops breathing while working out at the gym. A pregnant woman’s baby won’t wait for her to get to the hospital. A 50-year-old man collapses while hiking and his heart stops beating. In each case, the “first first-responder” was a Ventura County Fire … Read more

Chad Cook Appointed to Deputy Chief

Chad Cook

Cook was selected after a nationwide recruitment. A panel of four outside raters interviewed the most qualified applicants and concluded, “Chief Cook was the clear and obvious choice.” [Read more]

VCFD Honors Lifesaving Efforts And Excellent Public Service

CAMARILLO, Calif. – The Ventura County Fire Department honored 17 people Thursday, Feb. 10, for lifesaving service to county residents as part of the 26th Annual VCFD Awards, which also recognized firefighters and employees of the year for the agency. “Each of these people has gone above and beyond in their service to our community,” … Read more

Dustin Gardner appointed as next County of Ventura Fire Chief

Dustin Gardner

After a nationwide recruitment, Dustin Gardner has been appointed as the next County Fire Chief. Appointed by the County Executive Officer, with the concurrence of the Board of Supervisors, he will be the 12th Fire Chief in the County Fire Department’s 94-year history. He will be responsible for the protection of life and property from … Read more

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