Director, Great Lakes Division

Timothy L. Schabbel, CFO, EFO, CHPP
Fire Chief, Clay Fire Territory (Ind.)

Chief Timothy Schabbel

Timm Schabbel has been in the fire service since 1985, including serving over 20 years as Fire Chief of the Clay Fire Territory. Clay Fire is an internationally accredited fire department located adjacent to the University of Notre Dame in St. Joseph County, Indiana. 

Chief Schabbel holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in fire service management.  In addition, Chief Schabbel completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Notre Dame, earned an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and completed the Executive Leaders Program at the United States Naval Postgraduate School. 

Chief Schabbel is an Executive Fire Officer (EFO) graduate and has received Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. 

Chief Schabbel continues to serve on numerous state and national fire service boards and committees. In 2007 Chief Schabbel received Indiana’s first “Fire Chief of the Year” award by the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association and received the 2008 Gary Briese Safety Performance Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety and Survival Section. Additionally, Chief Schabbel received the IAFC Great Lakes Division President’s Award in 2021. 

 
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