Meet Our Team

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Fire Chief David Endaya began his career with the Ventura Fire Department in 1996 as an Emergency Paramedic. Throughout his career, Chief Endaya rose through every rank within the department. He has served as a Firefighter-Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Training Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief. Following a recruitment process with over 25 applicants from across the country, David was selected to lead the department as Ventura's Fire Chief in 2014.

Chief Endaya holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and graduated from the four-year National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program in 2016, officially earning the lifetime designation of Executive Fire Officer (EFO).

Chief Endaya has maintained his California Emergency Paramedic license since 1994 and was an integral part of the development team responsible for the fundraising and construction of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Ventura County Government Center. During his career with the Ventura Fire Department, he was a member of the Department’s Urban Search & Rescue Team, a Hazardous Materials Specialist, a Paramedic Preceptor, a Captain on the Ladder Truck Company, and a qualified Strike Team Leader.

"The Ventura Fire Department has a dedicated and talented team of firefighters serving our community," said Chief Endaya. "I am extremely proud of the men and women who make up the Ventura Fire Family and feel immensely privileged to lead an amazing team that provides all-hazards emergency services to Ventura around the clock."

Contact Chief Endaya via email.

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Assistant Chief Kris McDonald oversees Fire Operations. Chief McDonald most recently served as a Battalion Chief and Training Chief and was responsible for managing ongoing training schedules, mobile radio communications, mobile data dispatch computers, and OptiCom Traffic Control Systems. Regionally, his specialty qualifications within California’s incident Command System include Resource Unit Leader, Task Force Leader, Strike Team Leader, and Division Group Supervisor. 

Kris was born and raised in Northern California and began his firefighting career there as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in 1994. He became a Paramedic in 1997 and was hired by the Eureka Fire Department in 1998. In 2002, Kris joined the Ventura Fire Family, hired as a Lateral Firefighter Paramedic and seamlessly moved through the ranks of Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief.

He is currently working toward Type-3 level Operations Section Chief, Plan Section Chief, Incident Commander qualifications, and his Bachelor's degree in Fire Administration.

Contact Chief McDonald via email.

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Battalion Chief Anthony Hill is currently assigned as the C-Shift Battalion Chief, overseeing the Urban Search and Rescue, or USAR, Program, the USAR Regional Task Force 7, fire apparatus and equipment purchasing and maintenance, and staff scheduling.

Chief Hill was born and raised in Santa Barbara, earned his Paramedic License from Mount San Antonio College, and was hired with the Ventura Fire Department in 1996. He promoted to Engineer in 2001, Captain in 2004, earned the Supervisor of the Year award in 2007, and promoted to Battalion Chief in 2011.

Contact Battalion Chief Tony Hill via email.

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Battalion Chief Luis Manzano is currently assigned to the B Shift, while also overseeing a variety of Department programs, including Facilities, Personal Protective Equipment, Uniforms, the Safety Committee, the Safety Review Board, and Dispatch. He also serves as our Port District and State Parks Liaison. He is also certified in Urban Search & Rescue, and Hazardous Materials.

Lou was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and has been a Ventura County resident for over 18 years. He started work in public service as a lifeguard at 18-years-old and became a Firefighter-Paramedic with the City of Ventura in 2001. He promoted to Captain in 2012 and Battalion Chief in 2022.

Lou was awarded the Firefighter of the Year award in 2011 and the Greg Andrews Safety Award in 2016.

Contact Battalion Chief Luis Manzano via email.

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Battalion Chief Jeremy Henderson is currently assigned to the A Shift, while also overseeing a variety of Department programs including Fire Investigations, Hazardous Materials, Mobile Data Computers, Opticom, Behavioral Health, and Virtual Computer Aided Dispatch management. Regionally, he is qualified as a Situation Unit Leader, holds various other incident command positions, and is a current California Registered Instructor through the State Fire Marshal. He is a co-founder and current Board Member for the Ventura Fire Foundation and earned the Firefighter of the Year award in 2016. 

Jeremy was born in Hemet, CA, and has been a Ventura resident for over 15 years. He started work in public service as a volunteer firefighter in 1998 and was hired with CAL FIRE in 2001 as a seasonal firefighter. After earning a paramedic license, he was hired as a firefighter/paramedic and later promoted to Company Officer in 2006 for CAL FIRE.  Jeremy joined the Ventura Fire Department in 2011, promoting to Engineer in 2015, Captain in 2017, and Battalion Chief in 2023.  

Contact Battalion Chief Jeremy Henderson via email.


Battalion Chief Jason Kay is currently assigned to B shift and oversees a variety of department programs including Fire Facilities, Active Shooter Training, Staffing Management, and community engagement programs. Chief Kay is a part of USAR Regional Task Force 7, with specialties in Technical Search and Heavy Equipment Rigging.  He is Truck Qualified and has certified countless personnel in truck operations over his 17 years being a Fire Captain for Ventura. Chief Kay was Firefighter of The Year in 2010, Received the Greg Andrews Safety Award in 2012 and was a Supervisor of The Year nominee for all of Ventura in 2013.

Jason is a founding member of both the Ventura Fire Department Pipe and Drums band as well as the Ventura Fire Foundation, where he currently hosts a podcast on life as a firefighter. He and his wife Stephanie have adult children who have all settled around the Ventura County area, his youngest being a Firefighter Paramedic with Ventura Fire Department as well.  

Jason was born and raised in Ventura County, starting his fire career as an explorer in 1994, then attending the Oxnard College Fire Academy, working for the US Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter and becoming a paramedic in 2000. He was hired by the Ventura Fire Department in 2001. He is currently working on obtaining his USAR Task Force Leader and Strike Team Leader Certifications.

Contact Battalion Chief Jason Kay via email.

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Brett Reed currently serves as Ventura's Fire Marshal. As the Fire Marshal, Reed oversees community risk reduction programs which include development plan review and inspections, California mandated hazardous materials enforcement, mandated and existing occupancy inspections, the Fire Hazard Reduction Program (FHRP) and defensible space inspections, and the fire department's involvement in supporting and ensuring fire safe special events.

Contact the Fire Prevention Division at 805-658-4717. Contact Fire Marshal Brett Reed via email.

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Heather Ellis currently serves as the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Administrator and oversees EMS education, infection control, EMS supply and policy oversight, narcotic management, and public education.

Heather was born and raised in Mooresville, Indiana, a small community outside Indianapolis, and lived there for 47 years. She holds an Associate's degree in Paramedicine, a Bachelor's degree in Nursing, is a nationally registered Paramedic, and is a certified Firefighter in the state of Indiana. Heather is also a certified Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor, and a CPR Instructor.

Prior to moving to Ventura in 2015 to accept a position with the Ventura Fire Department, she served in many roles as a firefighter-paramedic, Healthcare Emergency Coordinator for an Indiana hospital, Governor-appointed member of the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission, and as a Paramedic Program Director.

Throughout her career, Heather has been recognized by the American Red Cross for Acts of Heroism, earned the Brown Township Paramedic of the Year, was a 2014 and 2015 Indianapolis Salute to Nurses Nominee, and he 2021 City of Ventura Employee of the Year.

Contact EMS Program Adminstrator Heather Ellis via email.