Fire Chief Timothy Bantes
Timothy Bantes has served as the Fire Chief since 2007, and joined the Grand Chute Fire Department family in 2005 as the Assistant Chief of Training. Chief Bantes has over thirty years of diverse experience in fire and emergency medical service delivery, having progressed through the fire service ranks as a Firefighter, Paramedic, and Lieutenant. He holds an associate degree in fire protection from Fox Valley Technical College, and was recognized as the "Fire Chief of the Year" by the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association in 2018. Chief Bantes’ passion, leadership, and advocacy for public safety extends beyond the boundaries of Grand Chute, where he has been elected by his peers to represent them as the current 1st Vice President of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association, as well as the President of the Outagamie County Fire Chiefs Association. Additionally, Chief Bantes serves on the Wisconsin Technical College System Fire Service Advisory Committee on Education and Training, the Fox Valley Technical College Fire Protection Advisory Committee, and was recently appointed by the Governor to a seat on the State of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Board.
Assistant Chief Michael DeBruler
Michael DeBruler joined the Grand Chute Fire Department in 2000, serving as a Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Assistant Chief of Training and Safety before being appointed as the Assistant Chief of Operations in 2016. Prior to his arrival in Grand Chute, Chief DeBruler served as a Firefighter in the State of Indiana. He holds an associate degree in project management from Central Nine Technical School, and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati. Chief DeBruler was recently accepted into the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and serves as the President of Outagamie County MABAS Division 127. As a member of the Outagamie County Radio Communications Committee, he was instrumental in the implementation of the 800 MHz radio system.
Assistant Chief Matthew Kasriel
Matthew Kasriel joined the Grand Chute Fire Department in 2014 as the Division Chief of Fire Prevention, and was promoted to Assistant Chief of Training and Safety in 2016. Before moving to Grand Chute, Chief Kasriel served as a Lieutenant in the Training Division of a Fire Department in the Denver Metro Area of Colorado, and previously progressed through the fire service ranks as a career Firefighter, Engineer, and Lieutenant with a Fire Department in the State of Kansas. He holds a bachelor's degree in fire protection and safety engineering from Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University, and is dual credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Kasriel is a current participant in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and an Adjunct Instructor with the Fox Valley Technical College Fire Protection Program. He serves as the CFAI agency accreditation manager, holds a seat on the Fox Valley Technical College EMS Advisory Board, and is the organization representative for MABAS Division 127.
Assistant Chief Brian Schommer
Brian Schommer joined the Grand Chute Fire Department in 1988 as a Paid-on-Call Firefighter, and was hired as one of the first full-time employees in 1990. Throughout his nearly 30 year career with Grand Chute, Chief Schommer served in almost every capacity within the organization including Fire Inspector, Lieutenant, and Captain before being promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention in 2017. He holds an associate degree in fire protection from Fox Valley Technical College, numerous State of Wisconsin Certifications, and is dual credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer and Fire Marshal through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.