Inspector of the Year (volunteer/paid-on- call): Gil Schaefer
The 2015 WSFIA Inspector of the Year (volunteer/paid-on- call) goes to Gilbert (Gil) Schaefer of the Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department in Muskego, located in southeast Waukesha County.
“Gil has been an active member of the Tess Corners Fire Department for over 41 years and has served as a firefighter/EMT since July 1974. He started fire inspecting in January of 1999 and continues to play a major role in our inspection department,” wrote Asst. Chief Mike Wojnowski in nominating Schaefer.
Wojnowski notes that on average Tess Corners inspects approximately 1,500 facilities a year and continues to increase with the growth in the community.
“Gill is the type of man who the younger inspectors admire and will look to him for assistance with inspection questions,” Wojnowski wrote. “Since beginning his career as an inspector, Gil has attended most, if not all, Area 1 meetings and the state inspector conferences.”
Schaefer was on hand to accept his honor on Oct. 29 at the 2015 WSFIA Annual Fire Prevention Professionals Conference in the Dells.
“I do want to thank you for this. I deeply appreciate it,” Schaefer said. “It’s been fun doing fire inspections.”
Schaefer acknowledged that sometimes there have been challenges in his work, but said “I enjoy what I’m doing or I wouldn’t be standing here right now.”