Jim Schmidt’s career in the fire and emergency medical services began in 1979 as a cadet at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, Wisconsin. Shortly after graduating from FVTC, Jim started working for the City of Kaukauna Fire Department. In 1982, the City of Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department (MFRD) hired Jim as a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He worked his way up the ranks as a Deputy Chief responsible for Response/Personnel Management, the Fire Investigation program, and Special Operations Training & Response (Hazardous Materials, Elevated Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue).
In 2007, Jim was promoted to MFRD Fire Chief and was very active in a number of local, state, and national initiatives. Since Jim’s retirement from the MFRD in 2013, he has joined the Town of Rock Volunteer Fire Department as Safety Officer/First Responder and has assisted a number of Central Wisconsin Fire Departments by mentoring new Fire Chiefs. Jim has been Interim Fire Chief, conducted operational reviews, assisted with the hiring of full- and part-time Fire Chiefs, and assisted in the consolidation of two fire departments. Jim started a consulting business specializing in mentoring upper level management personnel, and became a State Representative for the Wisconsin Technical College System Fire Service Training section.
Jim has also been involved in a number of building projects. He oversaw the construction of a regional training center in Marshfield, was the primary owner representative of Wisconsin’s first Gold LEED Certified fire station in Marshfield, a new fire station design for the Rothschild Volunteer Fire Department, and a new Municipal Complex in the Town of Rome which included a new fire station. The Marshfield Fire Station was honored with Fire Chief Magazine 2011 Station Style Honorable Mention.
Jim is excited for the opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the fire and emergency medical services by assisting them with realizing their dreams of building a new and improved “second home”.