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 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 Matthew Kasriel
Matthew Kasriel joined the Grand Chute Fire Department in 2014 and currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Operations. 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 graduate of 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, is a member of the Outagamie County Radio Operations Committee, and is the Vice President for MABAS Division 127.
Assistant Chief Kelly Hanink
Kelly Hanink began her service with the Grand Chute Fire Department in 2019 as the Assistant Chief of Training, Safety, and EMS. Chief Hanink began her fire service journey in Minnesota where she spent 10 years as a member of a combination department progressing through the ranks of Firefighter / EMT, Apparatus Operator, Lieutenant, and Assistant Chief of Health and Safety. In 2017 she moved to central Wisconsin and served as the first full-time Fire Chief for a Fire District in the Wausau area. Chief Hanink has an associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology from Hennepin Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Chief Hanink is a graduate of the Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and served as a member of the UL FSRI Technical Panel on Fire Attack. Prior to and overlapping her fire service career, Chief Hanink spent 21 years in the weapons system industry with a defense contractor as a design engineer, engineering manager, program manager, and engineering director.
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.