The End of an Era

Eden Prairie Firefighter Chuck SchaitbergerFire Inspector Chuck Schaitberger is retiring Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, and will officially sign off at 3:30 p.m. Chuck has served in the roles of firefighter, lieutenant, assistant chief and fire inspector throughout his 42 years with the Eden Prairie Fire Department.

Each firefighter has a badge number when they are sworn into service. Chuck wears badge number 20. When we sign in our newest recruits in June they will receive badges 327-339. This speaks volumes about Chuck’s legacy within the Fire Department and the number of firefighters he has mentored throughout his career.

Chuck joined the Fire Department as a paid-on-call firefighter Nov. 11, 1973. He started working for the City of Eden Prairie full time in December 1984, while maintaining his volunteer position on the Fire Department. He worked as an animal control officer from 1984 to 1985 and in the Public Works Department in 1986 and 1987. Chuck moved to a full time position with the Fire Department in 1987 as our first fire inspector, and has continuously served in that role since.

As fire inspector, Chuck has worked as fire safety public educator, fire investigator and development plan reviewer, along with his role as a firefighter and EMT. He has worked with countless government and private organizations who serve our community through social services, providing a fire safe environment and needed resources to all who live in Eden Prairie.

Chuck¬†helped establish the nationally recognized Safety Camp program in 1989 and has participated in each of the 26 years since its inception (read more about Chuck’s contributions to Safety Camp here). He taught fire safety to three generations of Eden Prairie students, including some of our current firefighters. He has working knowledge of nearly every building in the City from his 29 years of building plan reviews and fire safety inspections. His dedication to customer service and educating business owners and residents about keeping their properties fire safe is the reason that Eden Prairie has a remarkably low fire rate.

In his retirement, Chuck has plans to get some projects done at home and spend time volunteering at a nearby hospital.

Thank you Chuck, you will be missed!

One Comment

  1. Marlene Hecker Lawson
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Chuck, for helping to build a fine suburban fire department, and for all the good you have done for the neighbors of Eden Prairie. My father, Harold Hecker, also loved this community as EP Lions president, and neighbor to your father, Harold. ‘Enjoy your retirement!