New Simi fire chief comes from family of firefighters

  • Source: Simi Valley Acorn
  • Published: 04/13/2018 07:23 AM

If the talk around the kitchen table is about vehicle extractions and turnout gear, it might just be dinner in the Spykerman household. John Spykerman, a new Ventura County Fire Department division chief, is from a family of firefighters. His father and uncle were battalion chiefs for VCFD, and his sister and brother-in-law are firefighters for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. His son works for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The 28-year VCFD veteran took over when Division Chief Ted Smith retired last month. Spykerman said his family was a big part of what inspired him to become a first responder. “It’s about the camaraderie and it’s about being able to help the citizens,” the 53-year-old said. “It’s challenging, and every single day there’s something different.”


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