Chief Tim Sendelbach
Chief Tim Sendelbach is a 24-year fire service veteran and Editor-in-Chief of FireRescue Magazine. Like many others, Tim’s roots in the fire service started with his Dad, a fire chief in his hometown of Wilder, Kentucky.
Here, Tim shares stories of his upbringing in the American Fire Service along with photos and reflections on the influence his father and the tragically historic Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire had on the start and success of his career.
Young Tim Sendelbach with his dad, Chief Ed Sendelbach
Tim’s dad, Ed Sendelbach, served with the Wilder Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years and was chief of the department and one of the first chief officers on the scene when the Supper Club fire broke out.
Tim relates, “Following in my Dad’s footsteps, I began my career as volunteer with the Wilder Volunteer Fire Department at the age of 16. I served with Wilder for seven years before leaving my hometown to become a Firefighter/Paramedic in Kansas City, Kansas. I also served with the Southgate Volunteer Fire Department for 4 years.” The Supper Club fire was in Southgate’s response area.
As Tim recalls in the attached editorial piece titled Lasting Impressions: “I watched the Beverly Hills Super Club Fire with my Mom from our back porch, live and via TV – as we had a small TV on the porch at the time of the fire.” But as the editorial points out, that fire and his father were not the only influences he’s had in his successful career.
Tim went on to serve as Chief of Training for Savannah (GA) Fire & Emergency Services, as Assistant Fire Chief in Missouri City, TX and is the immediate past president of the International Society of Fire Services Instructors (ISFSI). In addition to his responsibilities at FireRescue Magazine, Tim is currently serving in the North Las Vegas NV Fire Department as an assistant to the Fire Chief responsible for strategic planning, accreditation, ISO, emergency management and homeland security.
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