Billy Schmidt
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Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
Job Function
Battalion Chief / Division Chief
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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
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Billy Schmidt's Blog

We Want To Be Everywhere

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 8:02am 0 Comments

Yes, as chief officers we want to be everywhere. We manage multiple fire stations and lead teams of firefighters and officers. We want to visit every station and listen to all of their stories, suggestions, and yes, criticisms. We want be at the fires, the bad motor vehicle accidents, and maybe even some of the medical calls. We want to get things done for them that will help them do their jobs. We want to help them grow. But we can’t be everywhere. Or can we?…


What's Working? What's Not?

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 6:46am 0 Comments

Start, Stop, Continue is a well-known method for feedback that many organizations and teams use to gauge effectiveness. You simply ask:

  • What can we start doing that will make us more effective?
  • What can we stop doing that makes us less effective?
  • What can we continue to do that’s providing value to…

Your Fire Department is Your People

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:33am 0 Comments

… Not your fire trucks, fire houses, not your service. It’s your people. Often we forget this.

Photo by Artie…


Can Your Administration Team Hit The Target?

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 8:20am 0 Comments

By Billy Schmidt

Are you building your fire department administration strategically? How do you find and position the cornerstone members who will ignite interest, introduce new ideas and development, and achieve a dynamically talented team? Can they hit the target?

Your fire department’s administrative team is just as important, if not more, as…


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At 3:15pm on November 25, 2011, Joyce said…

At 2:18pm on November 23, 2011, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…

Billy, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.

Chief William Sharp

Brookings Fire / Rescue


At 12:07pm on November 23, 2011, Dave Galka said…

welcome to the nation Billy, stay safe


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