Tiger Schmittendorf
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    Rescue Me(theme song)The Von Bondies - C'Mon C'Mon

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Profile Information

What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Volunteer Fire Department
Job Function
Fire Chief/Commisioner
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Erie County Department of Emergency Services-Fire Safety Division
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
My Training:
Nationally Certified Fire Instructor
About Me:
Tiger Schmittendorf serves as Deputy Fire Coordinator in the County of Erie Department of Emergency Services which manages three training facilities, 45 fire instructors and the training of 97 fire departments and 5,000+ firefighters.

He is a Nationally Certified Fire Instructor and a firefighter since 1980.

Schmittendorf brings 15 years of experience in engineering, sales and marketing management to marketing the product he loves: the fire service. He specializes in recruitment and retention, marketing, training and management consulting for counties and fire departments around the country.

He suffers from an extremely dry sense of humor and routinely makes an ass of himself, often in public.
Day Job:
Deputy Fire Coordinator
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I grew up across the street from the firehouse and was a part of it from age 8. I couldn't wait to become our department's first junior firefighter when I turned 17 and then an active firefighter a few months later when I turned 18.

I proudly enjoy helping people but any firefighter who tells you they don't love it for the adrenaline rush... is lying.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
In addition to the great experiences I've enjoyed as a volunteer firefighter, I've been blessed to be able to make a career of it. There isn't anything I'd rather do. This is the best damn job in the world.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters.

I believe the survival and success of the Volunteer Fire Service relies on our ability to create more opportunities, for more more people, to volunteer less time.

Welcome to My World:

Here's my definition of brotherhood in the fire service:

"It doesn't matter that we wear different patches on our left sleeve. What's important is the fact that we wear the same patch on our right sleeve: the red, white and blue one - the one with the stars and stripes.

That's what brings us together and keeps us together. No one can ever take that away from us.

The fire service is what's right about America."

- Tiger Schmittendorf, February 25, 2005

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Tiger Schmittendorf's Blog

Joining Forces

Posted on March 25, 2012 at 10:54pm 0 Comments

Bunk-In or Just Bunk?

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 11:26am 3 Comments

Recruitment Effort Goes Statewide in NY

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Not Your Typical "Truckie"

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 12:24am 0 Comments

A December to Forget?

Posted on December 29, 2010 at 8:00am 1 Comment

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At 7:33am on January 1, 2011, Hondo said…
I hope that you have a Healthy, Happy & Safe 2011.

Stay Safe
At 4:56am on September 11, 2010, lutan1 said…
Tiger, given your PIO experience, I'd welcome some feedback and input on this discussion-

Curious to know your thoughts...
At 2:24pm on September 9, 2010, Justin Scott said…
just stopping by to say hello. stay safe
At 5:51pm on July 3, 2010, Hondo said…
Hope that things are well....Enjoy your 4th.

Stay Safe
At 8:48pm on December 31, 2009, Kirk D. Baughman said…
great photos. Did you do all the work your self?
At 2:56pm on December 28, 2009, Norman E. Flanders said…
Hi Tiger, Thanks for the invite.
Stay safe, train often and share knowledge.
At 8:00am on December 5, 2009, Hondo said…
Hey There! I hope that things are going well for you. I haven't been on the site much as of late. Lot's of studying for my EMT class. Only 2 weeks left. We have our "hands on" final on the 12th and our written final on the 17th. Man this has been a long class!

Stay Safe
At 1:51am on October 19, 2009, Justin Scott said…
just stopping by to say hello, be safe out there brother
At 5:37pm on October 18, 2009, Scott Runkel said…
Hey Tiger,
I know your very busy so I'll keep this short. I plan on having an informational meeting about Hancock Hope at my Fire Department's station (Alplaus, located within Schenectady County, Town of Glenville) within the next month or so to discuss the next trip to West Hancock next July/August. I also have a lot people interested in joining Hancock Hope, who may not be able to go on the trip, and will be providing them with as much info as I know. I was wondering if you'd be in the area or be willing to be our guest speaker. I know I had talked with Dan Mackajena (old HH president) about 2 years ago about coming out here and doing the same thing, but then he resigned, so it all fell through. Anyways, it would be on a weekend, mostly likely a Saturday or Sunday in November, with a Power-Point presentation of HH's Mission statement, pictures that I've taken during my trips to WHFD, and some other things. Also Lunch will be provided. Let me know if your interested and if so, what weekends would work well with you.
I appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you.

Lt. Scott G. Runkel
Town of Glenville Fire District #2
Alplaus Station
At 12:32am on October 18, 2009, Bradley c1507 said…
a friend of mine showed me a video of the pipes and drums it was so awsome to see and hear them preform it was breath taken by the way how is the dennis allen project doing ? god speed and peace be with you my brother

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