#25: Tiger Schmittendorf — Helping the Heroes Who Help Us

June 19, 2021


National First Responders Day on October 28th recognizes the heroic men and women who make it their business to take immediate action when disaster strikes.

This hits home with me because my brother, Tiger Schmittendorf, is a first responder.

Tiger served the Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (Buffalo, NY) for more than 20 years before retiring as deputy fire coordinator, where he headed recruitment, training and mutual aid operations.

In addition to his 40+ years as a volunteer firefighter, he was a co-founder and former Managing Editor of “The Firefighter Newspaper”  which will celebrate 30 years of publication in 2021. 

The best way I know to honor him is giving him the chance to tell his story; to explain why he fights hard for and supports other responders, and how his actions are changing lives everywhere.

Watch this incredible and powerful interview below.


More About Tiger

Tiger Schmittendorf  is Vice President of Strategic Services for First Arriving, a full-service marketing team supporting the public safety community. He served the Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (Buffalo, NY) for more than 20 years before retiring as deputy fire coordinator in 2018.

There he was responsible for the recruitment, training, and mutual aid operations of the county’s 97 fire departments and 6,000+ firefighters.
He created a recruitment effort that doubled his own fire department’s membership and helped net thousands of new volunteers countywide.

A frequent presenter on leadership, incident management, connecting generations, and recruitment and retention, he is a nationally certified fire instructor and has been a firefighter since 1980.

Connect with him at  tiger@firstarriving.com or visit his websites: tigerschmittendorf.com, FireRECRUITER.com, RuntotheCurb.com and Soldierfirefighter.com.

Connect With Tiger

Tiger has many resources available for support and information.  Keep connected with him through these sites and on social media.

Tiger’s Website:  tigerschmittendorf.com

“It’s not about us.
It’s about those we serve: Our neighbors and our friends.
It’s about those we serve with: Our brother and sister firefighters, and partners in public safety.
It’s about those who allow us to serve: Our predecessors. Our leaders. And our families.”
– Tiger Schmittendorf

Follow Tiger on Social Media

Seeing in Color Again: seeingincoloragain.com

Tiger created  this website for two of his friends who have survived meth addiction, PTSD and suicide attempts

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