John Whisenant Serving Since 2003
Fire Chief John Whisenant joined the Beaver Lake Fire Department in 2008. He began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department, located in Western Benton County (AR). After attending the Arkansas Fire Academy in 2005, Whisenant accepted a position as a contract firefighter in Iraq in 2006. Chief Whisenant spent four years between 2006 and 2011 serving in Iraq, promoting through the ranks of Driver Operator and Fire Prevention Officer. After returning home from Iraq in late 2011, Chief Whisenant began working for Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport as a dispatcher and eventually as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter/EMT.
Since joining the Beaver Lake Fire Department in 2008, Whisenant promoted to Captain/Training Officer in 2013, Interim Fire Chief in 2014 and after a regional candidate search, was appointed Fire Chief in 2015. His primary responsibilities include executive management and oversight of the entire Fire Department including Training, Operations, and Fire Safety/Education.
Chief Whisenant is a credentialed Certified Fire Executive (CFE) through the Texas Fire Chief’s Association. He has been an ambassador for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire Rescue International (FRI) conference, A fire service textbook validation member with the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). Chief Whisenant is a member of the IAFC, NW Arkansas Metro Chiefs Association, Benton County Fire Association, and is a 2003 Arkansas Boys State Alumnus.
Jon Wright Serving Since 1985
Deputy Chief of Operations Jon Wright, joined the Beaver Lake Fire Department in 2015. He was promoted to Captain/Training Officer in 2016 and Deputy Chief in 2017. Deputy Chief Wright began his fire service career in Texas in 1985, and was a volunteer Assistant Chief for the Hwy 94E fire department outside of Rogers, AR.
Deputy Chief Wright duties include oversight and management of the departments training and operations. Jon holds a Degree in Speech Communications. He currently serves as a Firefighter/EMT with the City of Bella Vista (AR) Fire Department where he is currently enrolled in the Paramedic program at NWACC.