Joe Schumacher is FCSN’s state director for Virginia and a member of FCSN’s education committee. Joe is an engine captain with the City of Fairfax (VA) Fire Department and has been with the City of Fairfax for 33 years. He has been a career firefighter for the past 28 years; he was a volunteer firefighter for five years. Joe is an active member of his IAFF local and a member of the National Capitol Region Incident management team, where he serves as a safety officer.
“I lost both of my parents to cancer, and I am a two-time survivor myself,” Joe said. “I have seen more and more firefighters getting cancer, and I want to help prevent other firefighters from having to endure a fight against cancer. I received a great deal of support during my battles with cancer. I hope to be able to pay it back by being there for my brother and sister firefighters and their families as they take on the fight of their lives.”
Joe also works with the National Capitol Area Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where he served as an Honored Hero in 2014. In his spare time, Joe enjoys swimming, road biking and hanging out with his wife, two grown children, and his friends.