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Chief Tiger Schmittendorf

Chief Tiger Schmittendorf

From the specialist in volunteer firefighter recruitment comes: — your free clearinghouse for recruitment and retention resources.

Blogs, toolkits, news, resources, discussions and more — all compiled in one place. offers a comprehensive guide to survival and success in today’s volunteer fire service.

While focusing primarily on volunteer firefighters, we’re confident you can find resources here that are applicable across the entire fire service.

The intent of this site is to act as a clearinghouse, a one-stop shop — for all things R&R related. Thus, our goal is to help you ensure the survival and success of the volunteer fire service in your neighborhood and our nation.

Pull up a chair and join the conversation as more resources roll out all the time. We welcome your feedback and inquiries.

Stay safe. Train often.

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Tiger Schmittendorf shares more than 25 years of experience as a specialist in the field of volunteer recruitment and retention, leadership and organizational management. He created a recruitment effort that doubled his own fire department membership and netted more than 700 new volunteers for Erie County, NY.

He is an author, presenter, instructor, emergency manager and leader in the emergency services community. To take advantage of the opportunities he offers, click: or visit his blog at