Jim Schultz is the Assistant Fire Chief for the McAllen Fire Department and has been in the fire service for 28 years. He holds Master Level Certifications through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in Structural Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer as well as the Hazardous Materials Technician certification.
He represents the McAllen Fire Department in a number of associated committees and groups such as Chairman of the Hidalgo County Local Emergency Planning Committee, City of McAllen Ambulance Advisory Committee, South Texas College Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Fire Science Degree program, the Hidalgo County Fire Chief's Association, and the Texas Fire Marshals Office Fallen Fire Fighter Investigation, Non-Metro Team.
He attended the Texas Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) - Fire Chief's Academy in 2011-2012 and presented on the phenomenon of Hazmat Suicides as his class project. His presentation was published in the Texas Fire Chiefs Magazine in the spring-summer issue of 2013. He received the Certified Fire Executive (CFE) certification from the TFCA.
Jim also attended the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer program at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University in 2015. He was received the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) certification from A&M University.
Chief Schultz graduated from the Texas Municipal League Leadership Academy in the summer of 2017 and is now a TML Leadership Fellow.
He was one of 20 Chiefs from across the nation that was selected to attend the 2018 Fire Service Executive Development Institute, which is sponsored by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and is facilitated by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
He serves as the second in command of the McAllen Fire Department, the largest fire department in Hidalgo county. The Department consists of 176 certified firefighter with 17 civilian support staff. The City of McAllen has a population of approximately 142,000 and is covered by 7 fire stations with one combination suppression/ARFF station.