Assistant Fire Chief Mike Schnurle, who joined the Ithaca Fire Department on October 27th, 1980, retired this week after 36 years of service. IFD officials say Schnurle was one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the department.
“He was a strong advocate of EMS in the fire department and was on the cutting edge, holding advanced certifications in the field for many years,” according to a statement from the Ithaca Fire Department announcing his retirement.
After his promotion to Lieutenant in April, 1986, Schnurle was responsible for training of new members of the fire department. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in February, 2001.
In addition to his 36 years with Ithaca Fire Department, Schnurle has served the community as an emergency dispatcher for Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.
“His programs included the latest in firefighter training and the understanding of the long history and deep tradition of the fire service,” a balance that made him a respected leader and trainer. He “ran a well regimented recruit training program and turned out some impressive firefighters,” according to IFD.