James H. Reger, Deputy Commissioner Fire Safety
Email: james.reger@erie.gov

Tiger Schmittendorf, Deputy Fire Coordinator
Email: tiger.schmittendorf@erie.gov

Deborah Howell, Administrative Assistant
Email: deborah.howell@erie.gov

General Email: fire@erie.gov

The Fire Safety Division operates from the Emergency Services Training & Operations Center in Cheektowaga, NY. The Fire Safety Office coordinates the recruitment, training and mutual aid operations of our county's 97 fire departments to assist them in serving the needs of the residents, businesses and visitors to their communities.


What's Happening in Fire Safety
TRAINING: BEFO Courses Announced
CHANGED: 1S16008 Interior Firefighting Operations/SCBA-Firefighter 1 originally scheduled at Newstead has been moved to the Training & Operations Center to accommodate students from across the county. The schedule has not changed and this is now an open enrollment course (no seating preference given to any area or organization). There are still several openings and we hope to maximize...
Erie County to Host Fire Service Instructor 1 Course
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a regional delivery of the Fire Service Instructor 1 training course and national certification exam at the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center from March 14-26, 2017.
Update your Fire/EMS Agency Officers List Online
It’s imperative that we have cell phone numbers, email addresses and other pertinent contact info for each member of your leadership team as we may need to contact these individuals in an emergency, or non-emergency related to projects, programs or issues affecting your agency and our emergency services community.
Our Volunteers. Their Stories.
We're building and celebrating three key campaigns concurrently at iVolunteerFIRE.org under the tab of "Our Volunteers. Their Stories."
NYS DOL Issues Clarification on Bail-Out Training
"There is no requirement that the firefighter training under 800.7(g) include bailing out of a window at any significant elevation."
Get Prepared with the new ReadyErie App

Unveiled September 22, 2016 – The new “ReadyErie” app is available for free and is designed for the iPhone, iPad, android and iOS systems.

Among other uses, the multi-purpose app will allow users to receive critical information and emergency alerts through push notifications, locate Erie County’s emergency shelters, view up-to-date evacuation...


As previously shared, the Firefighter 1 course no longer exists as a single course in its entirety, effective September 1, 2016. The New York State OFPC Firefighter-1 certification will now be delivered in two (2) separate courses:

BEFO w/HMFRO: ALL students must begin with Course#1R-Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations with Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (Most often...

Now you can submit Training Course Requests online!

Submitting our new online form, you will receive a copy of the submitted training course request to the email you provide. As an option, you can even have a copy sent to another chief or training officer in your department.


Phone: (716) 681-7111
24 Hour Dispatch: (716) 898-3696
Fax: (716) 681-3645

Erie County Division of Fire Safety
Department of Emergency Services
Training & Operations Center
3359 Broadway
Cheektowaga, New York 14227