He said. She said.

Whadayacrazy? Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what other folks have to say about my work:

6/1/09

Tiger Schmittendorf was the keynote speaker at the 55th Annual Convention of the New York State Association of Fire Police in Syracuse, on May 2, 2009.

Schmittendorf’s topic, “Incident Management in the Fast Lane” discussed how traffic control is one of the most dangerous jobs at the fire scene. If one thing was accomplished that day, it was that Tiger Schmittendorf put out a WAKE UP call to the convention attendees.

It was a shame that more Fire Chiefs were not in attendance to be reminded of the importance of their Fire Police units, and the fact that they can’t continue to operate on minimal dollars in their annual budgets year after year.

It was a great address by this well spoken, enthusiastic and informative fire service leader.

Also, congrats to our own Onondaga County Volunteer Fire Police Association Committee for hosting the convention for the second consecutive year!  Good job General Chairmen Jeff Martin and Bob Beamish!

- Past Chief Gordy Kotars – Taunton Fire Dept., Syracuse NY

 1/10/09

Last year I decided to sign up for our county’s honor guard. In our area, when a firefighter dies for whatever reason the family may request the honor guard to attend the calling hours.

The duty requires Class A uniforms, and consists of standing guard on either side of the casket; opening the doors of the funeral home for guests; standing on either side of the entrance hallway, inside or out; and so on.

It impresses the guests and the family is always extremely grateful.

I sometimes wondered why I chose to do this. Recently I found the answer: http://tigerschmittendorf.com/2009/01/thats-why/

Asst. Chief Joe Stoltz – Bristol Volunteer Fire Department NY 

1/5/09

Tiger -
Great article in the FASNY magazine this month. You and I (and hopefully more) share the same beliefs! I think that you have hit “it” out of the park. I would like to post your resolution on our wall in our fire department and was wondering if you would mind. Also, if you could send the resolution electronically it would be great!

I always enjoy reading your articles and look forward to each month’s issue just to read it!

Thank you.

Chief Kevin Murray – West Valley Volunteer Hose Co.

 
12/13/08

Hi Tiger:

Just wanted to pass along a great big “THANK YOU” for all your efforts in helping the folks at Doyle 1 Fire Company (Cheektowaga NY) develop an outstanding Recruitment Campaign. Not only have you helped us develop some great, inspiring artwork and recruiting materials but you have done an excellent job of educating us in how to “get up on our feet” and develop some very productive efforts all the while making it a lot of fun!

I would highly recommend anyone looking to create an exciting and effective Recruitment campaign to contact Tiger. He will definately help you to get things going and help you to find the funds to do it.

Mike Mazurowski – Doyle 1 Recruitment & Retention Team

11/21/08

Hey -
It’s been a while since we connected but I may be hitting you up for some help. I am starting a cadet program in our district and may need some advice. You are my fountain of knowledge. You have a lot of great information. Thanks.

Barbara Nelson – Stayton OR Volunteer Fire District

11/20/08

 

Tiger,

 

 

11/19/08

Hi Tiger:
Great presentation in Albany. Thanks.
George Davenport/Onondaga County Recruitment and Retention

11/7/08

Tiger:

Great job. These are the memories that will occupy your mind in those moments when you ask yourself “Why do I need this?” And what you discover is that you don’t need it as much as “it” needs you and more like you.

This one moment in time would put the exclamation point on many careers. With yours, it is another in a long list of moving tributes to the human spirit and the bonds that define the brotherhood.

Never for a minute minimize what you do for our fire service. Leaders lead. Leaders set the example for others to follow. They inspire and they provide the motivation and support needed to complete new challenges.

Art Goodrich – Chief Reason – Woodhull IL

10/28/08

Tiger -

Super job on the presentation at the FASNY Conference. I really liked how you involved the attendees as well as the presentation itself. Top Notch!

Chief Jim Brunelle Jr. – Kingsbury NY Fire Department

10/12/08

Hello -

I am from the Lawrence Road Fire Company in Lawrence Township New Jersey. I am reaching out to you as a fellow firefighter because I have read your blogs about recruitment and have thought they were very informative. I am coming to you with our problem of membershipto get any ideas that you think would make our efforts better. Any tips you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your time.

Yours Truly in the Fire Service,

Keith Kent – Lawrence Road Fire Company – Lawrence Township New Jersey

07/26/08

Thanks Tiger -
You did an excellent job at our graduation ceremony. It’s very appreciated.
Dave Stachelski – Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association

05/27/08

Good morning Tiger, 
 
My husband is a volunteer fire fighter in Chemung County NY. I am currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in management. Part of my degree requirements is a final project with an organization. I am working with my local volunteer fire departments and retention and recruitment strategies.

I have found your monthly articles in The Volunteer Firefighter extremely useful and informative. I am writing to you to ask for assistance, I have put together a survey for volunteers to complete.  Would you be willing to look it over? Any help from you would be most appreciated.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!!
 
Christina Morrison

Thank you for making our 2008 Legislative weekend conference one of our most successful events to date. The feedback on the value of your talk was uniformly outstanding. More importantly however, is that I can confirm that you have inspired attendees to make a commitment and take action to achieve their recruitment and retention goals.

Our conference attendees were unanimous in their genuine praise of your delivery style and insights into the issues faced by the volunteer fire service as it pertains to finding recruits and keeping them. Your “conversation” was inspirational and motivational, but in a practical way with a very hands- on and pragmatic approach.

Not only do you have vital information to share with the fire service, but you bring passion to the stage and more importantly, you balance the strength of your message with authenticity and a warm generosity that was greatly appreciated by the attendees.

Thanks for making me look good!

Mary Ellen Shea
Training and Education Planner
The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York

 

 

 

 

 

Tiger Schmittendorf was the keynote speaker at the 55th Annual Convention of the New York State Association of Fire Police in Syracuse, on May 2, 2009.

 

Schmittendorf’s topic, “Incident Management in the Fast Lane” discussed how traffic control is one of the most dangerous jobs at the fire scene. If one thing was accomplished that day, it was that Tiger Schmittendorf put out a WAKE UP call to the convention attendees.
It was a shame that more Fire Chiefs were not in attendance to be reminded of the importance of their Fire Police units, and the fact that they can’t continue to operate on minimal dollars in their annual budgets year after year.

 

 

It was a great address by Tiger and he is a well spoken, enthusiastic and informative fire service leader.

 

 

Also, congrats to our own Onondaga County Volunteer Fire Police Association Committee for hosting the convention for the second consecutive year!  Good job General Chairmen Jeff Martin and Bob Beamish!

- Past Chief Gordy Kotars – Taunton Fire Department, Syracuse NY

  

1/10/09

 

 

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