Assistant Chief, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service – Christian Schmidt serves as an Assistant Chief with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) where he is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction within the emergency medical services, fire suppression and communications divisions. He began his career in 1993 with the City of Winnipeg and has since worked in many roles during his career with the service including Paramedic, Communications Officer, Staff Inspector, Project Manager and Superintendent. In November of 2007 Christian was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service provides EMS service to the citizens of Winnipeg under a contract agreement with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Christian is a co-chair on the WFPS/WRHA Joint Operations Committee (JOC) that guides the high quality care and programs delivered by the members of the service. In addition, he also co-chairs a JOC group with the Winnipeg Police Service and is a member of the EMS Network of Manitoba which represents all EMS services in the Province of Manitoba. Recognizing the importance of strong relationships, he works toward building and fostering strong and productive relationships with partner agencies and community groups.
Christian has participated as a member of the EMSCC Leadership Development committee and has previously served as a member and board member sponsor on the EMSCC Performance Measures committee.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba and has completed the department CMA accredited Advanced Care Paramedic Program and NFPA Fire Fighter certification.