Public Information Officer Biographies

​​​​​​​Mark VanAcore

Mark Vanacore

Mark Vanacore was born and raised in New York City where he served as a volunteer firefighter for the Highland Engine Company.  He was also a professional firefighter at the West Point Military Academy. 
Mark relocated to the valley in 1990.  He was hired by the Phoenix Fire Department in 1996.  He served as a Captain beginning in 2003 and has worked his way around the department where he is currently a Public Information Officer. 
Mark teaches an Advanced Cardiac Life Support and a Pediatric Advanced Life Support class here in the valley.  He lives there with his wife and three children and enjoys playing live m​usic and several sports.

Ben Santillan
Ben Santillan grad​uated with honors from Trevor G. Browne High School and got his Fire Science Technology degree from Glendale Community College.  He completed the Phoenix Fire Academy in 2003.  In 2005, he became an engineer.  Ben has worked throughout the organization including on the Haz-Mat team.  Ben is a CPR instructor and was recently promoted to captain.  He is now one of three Public Information Officers for the department. 
Ben is married and has three beautiful children.

 Aaron Ernsberger

​Aaron Ernsberger is a third generation Phoenician.  He attended college courses at Mesa Community College and went to New Mexico State University where he obtained a business degree.  Aaron attended the Phoenix Fire Training Academy in 1998.  When he graduated from the academy, he began his career at Station 11 and continued to work there for eight years.  He was promoted to captain in 2006.  Since then, he has worked at Station 7, Ladder 11, and in research and development.  In November 2014, he was made a Public Information Officer.
Aaron is married and has one child -- a daughter.  He enjoys team roping, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
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 Brian Scholl

​Brian Scholl, Fire I​​nspector II, began his career with the Fire Prevention Division of the Phoenix Fire Department in 2002.  Brian's passion for the safety o​f the community and first responders is what drives his commitment to provide comprehensive information and assistance during the inspection process for new construction, general fire inspections, complaint investigation, and hazardous materials incidents.  Brian is working to complete his fire and Engineering Technology Degree at Eastern Kentucky University.  He is a Lead Trainer for the extensive inspection training program in Fire Prevention.  Brian is also assigned as the Public Information Officer for Fire Prevention.  As Fire Prevention PIO, Brian informs and educates the public through the use of print, internet, social, radio and television media.