Jim Schmidt

Emergency Management
Title: Director
Phone: (316) 733-9796

Jim came to Butler County Emergency Management in 1992 when Butler County Emergency Management became a stand alone agency.

Jim brought 22 years of emergency services experience with him when he became the Director. Jim began his emergency services career as a reserve police officer for the Wichita Police Department in 1970. He worked as a patrolman and one of the first EMTs certified in the State of Kansas, in the City of Kingman from 1971-1972. Upon returning to Wichita, he began working at the Metropolitan Ambulance Service until 1975. In 1975, he became one of the first 6 EMTs to begin the first day at the new Sedgwick County Ambulance Service (now called Sedgwick County EMS). In December of 1975, Jim graduated with the first class of MICTs from a KU / Wichita State joint paramedic training program. In 1988, he went to work at Collins Ambulance as sales / management tech support for nationwide dealerships.

Jim's Disaster and Volunteer experience include:
  • Current volunteer with the Rose Hill Fire Department
  • Current volunteer in missions member with First United Methodist Church in Wichita
  • Current member of the South Central Kansas Incident Management Team
  • Responded as a paramedic to the "singing Christmas tree" disaster in December 1975 where 75 persons were injured
  • Volunteered with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department as a deputy and part of the original "fraud squad" with the County Attorney's office
  • Past volunteer firefighter with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Fire Reserve
  • Responded as part of a four-man advance team to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in Coastal Mississippi
  • Participates in numerous mission trips with FUMC
In his free time, he enjoys gardening and yard work, spending time with his family, fishing, and joining in church activities. Jim is also an avid do-it-yourself person, undertaking projects both at home (remodeling) and as part of the work team trips.

Jim and his wife Annette have been married over 30 years. Their children include daughters Amanda (deceased) and Stephanie, and sons Jeremy and Malachi.

Jim quips, "I consider Emergency Management to be the culmination of years of work in the emergency services world. It is a fantastic vocation where you get to use all of your education and experience, work with fantastic and talented individuals, and really enjoy the job. You don't make loads of money in this occupation, but you do get rich in satisfaction and knowing that what you do will benefit persons for years and years to come." 

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