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Tom Schultz



Fire Chief (Ret.) 34 Years of Fire Service Experience
Garden Grove Fire DepartmentFire Chief

  • President of the Orange County Fire Chief’s Association
  • Fire Chief representative for OCFCA Emergency Medical Services Committee
  • Planning, budgeting, and assuring the department meets the operational and administrative needs of the communities
  • Communities and Governmental affairs at the local, regional, and state level
  • Comprehensive administrative and management skills including strategic planning
  • City’s management team to effectively work through city-wide issues and challenges
  • Management of all emergency and administrative services
  • Extensive Experience in Organizational Change Management

Fullerton & Brea Fire Departments
Deputy Chief of Operations

  • Facilitated the integration of both departments’ management teams into one
  • Worked extensively with labor group to update and modify operational and administrative policies.
  • Management of the department’s budget, grant programs, and EMS activities
  • Management of the “Emergency Operations Program” (EOC)
  • Personnel management (labor relations and negotiations)
  • Hiring of entry-level firefighters and non-safety personnel              

Instructor Experience

  • 30 year faculty instructor & associate instructor-Santa Ana College
  • Chief officer & fire officer series (CSFM) instructor
        • Company Officer
        • Chief Fire Officer
        • Executive Chief Officer
        • ICS 200. 300. 400
  • Leadership and management course instructor


Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Studies
Associates Degree in Public Fire Service

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