Meet Assistant Chief John Schneider

Assistant Chief John Schneider is a motivated, personable fire service professional with a successful 18-year track record in both fire district operations and various other firefighters’ leadership positions. He began his career with the City of Ferguson Fire Department in 1996 and joined the Metro North Fire District in 2002. He held several different positions with both agencies and was also the Political Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Professional Firefighters of Eastern MO until December 2013.

His position with Wentzville Fire Protection District will include assuming the duties of the Fire Chief in his absence, assisting in preparing and administering the District budget, management of all employees (staff, firefighters, reserve), assisting with input during disciplinary action, terminations, promotions, and hiring of new employees. Educating and informing the public through community relations and speaking engagements, building relationships with local businesses, local and state elected officials, and attending civic community meetings will also fall under his responsibilities. The Assistant Fire Chief will respond to emergency situations, operate within the Incident Command System, develop policies and standard operating procedures for emergency and routine situations, solicit, negotiate, and manage contracts as they pertain to the business of the District.  Additionally, he shall develop the long term plans and goals of the District and attend and conduct training, as necessary, to enhance the professional development of the members of the District.

Assistant Chief Schneider has two children, one son and one daughter and resides in the City of Wentzville.

Professional Experience:

  •     Fire District Pension Trustee
  •     Member of Fire District Budget Committee
  •     St. Louis County Fire Academy Board of Director
  •     Campaign Manager/Treasurer for successful Capital Improvement Bond Initiatives
  •     Member of Planning/Building Committee for new fire station/administration building construction
  •     Member of City of Dellwood TIF Commission
  •     Initiator and coordinator of a FEMA funded smoke and carbon monoxide District detector program
  •     Member of City of Dellwood and City of Moline Acres Community Picnics Committees
  •     Chair of Missouri Association of Career Fire Protection Districts Training Conference Committee
  •     Recipient of North County Incorporated "Thirty Leaders in Their Thirties" Award (2010)
  •     Recipient of "Engine Company Award" Greater St. Louis Area Fire Chief's Association (1999)
  •     Manage investments and banking operations
  •     Process payroll and tax filings
  •     Oversee the management and financial operation of buildings and facilities
  •     Worked with insurance brokers and bankers to develop customized Fire District products
  •     Member of Missouri Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems
  •     Member of Government Finance Officers' Association
  •     Assisted in lobbying state-level elected officials regarding fire districts’ needs


Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science (2011)   -   Columbia Southern                          University (Currently enrolled in Bachelor of Fire Science program)

     Greater St. Louis County Fire Academy graduate - August, 1995

     Christian Brothers College High School graduate - May, 1993


  •      MO Fire Officer I and II
  •      MO Firefighter I and II
  •      EMT State of Missouri
  •      Hazardous Materials Technician
  •      FEMA ICS 100, 200, 300, 400
  •      MO Fire Instructor I


  •      Report Preparation
  •      Budget Preparation
  •      Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  •      HR Management
  •      Development of Business Relationships
  •      Banking operations and accounts management


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