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Daniel J. Neaverth
Commissioner of Emergency Services

James M. McCullough
Deputy Commissioner
Fire Coordinator

Tiger Schmittendorf
Deputy Fire Coordinator

Phone: 716-681-7111
Fax: 716-681-3645

24 Hour Dispatch: 716-898-3696

"24 Hour-a-Day Coordination of Emergency Fire Services"

The Fire Safety Division operates from the Emergency Services Training & Operations Center in Cheektowaga, NY. The facility is in operation an average of 14 hours a day - 6 days a week and hosted over 1,200 training events last year. The Fire Safety Division serves as a resource center for the County's 97 fire departments, operating the Cheektowaga facility and two other field training centers in Amherst and Orchard Park where some 4,000 fire fighters train annually.

The Fire Safety Office provides coordination to the county fire departments through the training and preparation of firefighters to meet the requirements of their job and needs of their customers - the residents, businesses and visitors to Erie County's towns and villages.

The Fire Safety Staff consisting of the fire coordinator and deputy fire coordinator, review and update the County Mutual Aid Fire Plan and respond to major fires and other incidents across the county's 1,000+ square miles to assist with resource management and command post operations.

They also manage the delivery of training programs for the 5,000+ firefighters who serve Erie County. Training is conducted by certified County and State Fire Instructors at one of the three county training facilities or at local fire stations. In fact, the Fire Safety Office acts as the coordination point for all Public Safety related training. Additionally, the division's web site, e-mail and phone number act as the clearinghouse for all recruitment inquiries for the county's 100+ volunteer emergency services agencies.

Whether you're a fire fighter or you want to be one - we hope this web site provides you with the information you're looking for, or at least points you in the right direction. Let us know what you think.

Stay safe. Train often.

Erie County Division of Fire Safety
Department of Emergency Services
Training & Operations Center
3359 Broadway - Cheektowaga NY 14227
716.681.7111 - FAX.681.3645 -

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The Fire Training Schedule has been updated. As of: 10/08/15 10:30

Applications are being accepted now. Please download the new version of the Standard Training Course Application. All Firefighter 14-hour Orientations are held at the Training & Operations Center.


Fire Grant Workshop at Fire Academy-Tuesday 9/1/15

Congressman Brian Higgins invites local firefighters, emergency medical personnel and others interested in learning more about federal fire grant opportunities to an upcoming workshop at 6pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center.

FEMA Continuity of Operations (COOP) Exercise for FDs

TRAINING INTENDED FOR: Fire Chiefs, Fire Company Presidents and Corporate Officers, Administrators, Directors and Fire District Commissioners PLEASE FORWARD TO THE APPROPRIATE PARTIES IN YOUR ORGANIZATION FEMA Region 2, Erie County Department of Emergency Services, and the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) would like to invite you to attend a fire service Continuity of Operations (COOP) Tabletop Exercise (TTX) for Erie County area and New York Fire Services and supporting agencies. The TTX will be on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 6p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Erie County Department of Emergency Services, Training & Operations Center, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga NY 14227. Light refreshments will be available. As a senior leader directly responsible for overseeing effective COOP/Continuity of Government protocols for your agency, you are encouraged to extend this invitation to three or four of your internal and/or external partners with a stake in your program.

Highway Safety Exercise for First Responders

HIGHWAY SAFETY/TRAFFIC CONTROL TRAINING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center 3359 Broadway – Cheektowaga NY Course#: 510-15001TTX Part 1: Monday – September 21, 2015 – 6:30-10pm Classroom presentation on safe and effective traffic control tactics using the NITTEC First Responder Checklist as a template AND tabletop exercise using a realistic topographical display board (see image below) Part 2: Thursday – September 24, 2015 – 6:30-10pm Hands-on tactical traffic control scenarios utilizing the roadways around the training center


The training schedule has been updated at to reflect these course announcements: 


  • 0515002 Fire Police at Chaffee-Sardinia
  • 0515003 Fire Police at Highland
  • 0515004 Fire Police at Patchin
  • 1S15008 Firefighter 1 at Langford as host for Helmuth/Evans-South Fire Control fire companies
  • 1515002 Accident Victim Extrication Training at Holland
  • 510-15001TTX NITTEC Highway Safety Classroom, Tabletop Exercise and Hands-on Training at the Training & Operations Center

New Volunteer Firefighter Arson/Sex Offender Background Check Package released

New York State Executive Law §837 (effective April 1, 2000) requires that applicants for membership to volunteer fire departments undergo a non-fingerprint criminal history check against the State’s criminal history files maintained by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to determine if they stand convicted of the crime of arson in New York State. Effective December 2, 2014, this law was updated to include convictions which require registration as a sex offender only. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office provides this service, at no charge, to local fire departments as required by law. Arson and sex offender registration checks conducted by local law enforcement agencies are not valid. This law applies to new applicants (prospective volunteer firefighters), current volunteers seeking membership in another fire company (transfers), and reinstatements to membership.

Erie County Health Provides Ebola Guidance for First Responders

Erie County is committed to keeping first responders informed by posting and distributing the most up to date information on the Ebola situation: 

You will also find additional information on the CDC and NYS Health Department websites.