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Firefighters' Ball and Awards Ceremony

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May 22, 2023
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Firefighters' Ball and Awards Ceremony


The Firefighters' Ball and Awards Ceremony was a huge success honoring Ventura City firefighters and providing fire families a night of fun and camaraderie. 
Highlighting the Ball were the Department's annual awards - 
  • Captain Austin Araiza received the Firefighter of the Year award for his exceptional work in arson investigations, training new team members, and ensuring the correct use of protective gear.
  • Engineer Zach Benner was recognized as the Paramedic of the Year for delivering high-quality care and serving as a leader among peers.
  • Captain Christopher Pironti received the Greg Andrews Safety Award for his commitment to workplace safety and support for the Peer Support Team.
  • Luis Martinez was honored as the Fire Prevention Employee of the Year for his dedication to customer service and producing quality work.
  • The Matthew Clapsaddle Career Achievement Award was created to honor fallen Firefighter-Paramedic Matthew Clapsaddle, and it was presented to Firefighter-Paramedic Ryan Howard for his support to the Clapsaddle family and his role in the Peer Support Team.
  • Additionally, Captain Shawn Hughes, Captain Kyle Tong, and Administrative Assistant Kris Edwards received the 3rd Alarm Award for their exceptional support to the department. 
After the awards, guests enjoyed dancing, casino games, and a raffle.

The Ball was possible due to generious support from sponsors. These organizations and individuals support firefighters and their families, please support them back -

Rincon Property Management

Crowne Plaza - Ventura Beach*

Ventura City Fire Department*

Adventist Health Simi Valley
California Oaks Property Management
Dupont Personal Protection
Firefighters First Credit Union
Jaguar Land Rover Ventura
Ventura County Credit Union
Bulldog Liquidators - Camarillo*
Ryan Cullom Photography*
Shift Wellness/Sage Retreat*
Tony's Pizzaria*
AMR Ventura County
Flying Embers
Mission Bank
Performance Wellness and Injury Prevention
Pinnacle Training Systems
Schneiders & Associates
South Coast Fire Equipment
Ventura Toyota
Andria's Seafood*
Bristol Hospice Ventura*
Jennifer Clapsaddle*
Finney's Crafthouse*
Fire Axe USA*
Flying Embers*
Amy Fukutomi*
Ronda Holden & Priscilla Holmes*
Hudson Textile and Threadworks*
Li Mor Cakes*
Newbury Park Bike Shop*
Pier Into The Future*
Las Posas Country Club*
Chris Ryan Photography*
Snapper Jack's Taco Shack*
Ventura Harbor Sportsfishing*
Ventura Land Trust*
Ventura Spirits*
Karen Waln Pottery*
The Wharf*
Yolanda's Mexican Cafe*
* - indicates an in-kind donation of goods or services.

Firehouse Roundtable Podcast




Chief Endaya recently joined the Firehouse Roundtable podcast to discuss the Department's future, changes in the fire service over the last 20 years, the role of first responders, and firefighters' mental health.
Another recent show featured Aaron Foster, District of Columbia Firefighter and host of the First Responder Financial Freedom podcast, who shared strategies for successful real estate investing.
Finally. our most recent episode (released today!) features Captain Kyle Tong, who talked about how he went from teaching snowboarding to five-year-olds to becoming one of the youngest fire captains in Ventura City history, as well as his success in securing nearly $8 million in funding for the Department.
Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform, or listen by clicking the button below. 
Upcoming epsiodes include Madeline and Erin Hoffman (daughters of Captain Thom Hoffman), Firefighter Fenton, and Mynda Ohs, PhD.
"2-OUT" refers to the firefighting policy of 2-In/2-Out. For interior structure fires, at least two personnel must stand by outside the fire area prepared to rescue the inside firefighters. Dedicated to enhancing the lives and providing assistance to firefighters and their families, Ventura Fire Foundation stands 2-Out for fire families.
Ventura Fire Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization
EIN 47-1336798
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