Matthew Schofield, Fire Chief

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Matthew Schofield has served as the Fire Chief since 2014.  He is an Executive Fire Officer (EFO) as conferred by National Fire Academy and a fully credentialed Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence where he also serves as a peer assessor.   Chief Schofield is a certified Fire Instructor, Inspector and Investigator. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from William Woods University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Missouri. He serves as a Task Force Leader for Missouri Task Force 1 with federal Urban Search & Rescue deployments that include: New York City on 9/11, the Columbia Shuttle disaster, multiple hurricanes and various state deployments. He lives with his wife and two sons in Jefferson City and enjoys hunting, hiking and canoeing.   

From the Chief
The fire service is a dynamic and demanding career path. Our selection process is competitive, the introductory training is difficult, and there will be new challenges daily.

Our department is committed to ongoing preparation in order to maintain a strong mental and physical edge. Long, intense work days and sleepless nights occur more often than not. You will find that firefighting is the perfect combination of hands-on, blue-collar grit and tradition combined with cutting-edge technology. You will see heartache as you help people through their most traumatic moments, but few careers are as personally rewarding.

Through faithful service, you will develop a bond with fellow firefighters that is forged by the reality that your lives depend on each other. Ultimately you will have worked for a noble cause and dedicated yourself to the service of our community.

Matthew Schofield, Fire Chief, Jefferson City Fire Department

Contact Information
Phone: (573) 634-6401