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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Mayor Brown, Fire Commissioner Renaldo Appoint New Deputy Fire Commissioner

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Buffalo, NY – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo named Lieutenant David Schieber to the position of Deputy Fire Commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department (BFD). Lieutenant Schieber joined the BFD in 1991, and has worked in multiple roles, including an assignment as the Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) officer. His appointment is the latest in a series of recent BFD announcements made by Mayor Brown, which began in June, when he named BFD Battalion Chief William Renaldo as the new Fire Commissioner. A few weeks later, Ramon J. Suarez, Sr. and Shannon Street were named BFD Deputy Fire Commissioners. The new leadership builds on the Brown Administration’s continued commitment to further strengthen public safety citywide to meet the demands of a growing Buffalo.

Mayor Brown stated, “With a combined experience of nearly 120 years in the department, Fire Commissioner Renaldo, Deputy Fire Commissioners Suarez, Street and Schieber have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the residents of Buffalo. They have the tactical and administrative experience we need to continue the proud work of leading Buffalo’s bravest as we continue to grow Buffalo into a city of opportunity for all residents.”

“In his 26 years in the Buffalo Fire Department, Lieutenant Schieber has earned the respect of his fellow firefighters as a compassionate and knowledgeable leader and I look forward to working with him in his new role as a Deputy Fire Commissioner,” said Fire Commissioner Renaldo. “He is a proven leader with superior management, supervisory and technical skills garnered through his years of service with the Buffalo Fire Department, and a long, distinguished military career with the United States Air Force Reserve.”

Lieutenant Schieber graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing (BSN), launching a 30 year career as a Registered Nurse, which he worked as a second job, mostly at the VA Hospital. He is also an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor, with trauma nursing core and basic life support training.

Lieutenant Schieber was commissioned as an Air Force Officer in September 1998. He served in the United States Air Force Reserve 914th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron where he deployed overseas on multiple occasions, serving in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Germany. He has logged over 2,500 in-flight hours


providing care to sick, ill and injured service members. After rising through the ranks to Colonel he was selected to Command the 914th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, New York.  He currently commands 90+ aeromedical evacuation personnel, and   is the recipient of a number of awards and decorations including: the Meritorious Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Lieutenant Schieber was born and raised in South Buffalo, where he still resides with his wife of 34 years, Lisa A. Schieber CPA, and children.

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