"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 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.erie.gov/fire
Applications are being accepted now. Please download the new version of the Standard Training Course Application. All Firefighter 14-hour Pilot Orientations are held at the Training & Operations Center.
As you read the following important reminder from WNY Stress Reduction Program President Tom Luka; please join us in thanking and congratulating Kathy Goeddertz as she retires from Erie County EMS at the end of the September. Kathy has served as the coordinator for this valuable program for many years and has dedicated herself to helping those who help others. We wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement.
From: Goeddertz, Kathleen Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:58 AM Subject: WNYSRP Narrative 2014
WESTERN NEW YORK STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM
As fall approaches, we often reflect on events of the past summer. Fun vacations, family times, and other enjoyable events. We also remember significant events of the past which were a lot more somber. The 13th anniversary remembrance of the 911 attacks, and the crash of flight 3407 in Clarence to name a few.
There are also the everyday calls that Police Fire, and Emergency Medical crews respond to. Many are routine, some significant, and some which can expose us to cruel and unforgiving situations. As Emergency responders, we develop our own coping mechanisms to deal with these situations. Occasionally, the memories of these calls may be tough to shake off, and we experience what is known as “CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS". It is caused by a challenging event that has the potential to create significant distress, and overwhelm a person’s normal coping mechanisms, and ability to function. This can happen at the scene, or be delayed for hours, days or longer. It does not have to be a catastrophic event causing this; it can just be something about the call that is significant for that individual.
TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Training Schedule Updated – Course Changes
The training schedule has been updated at www.erie.gov/fire to reflect these course changes:
Truck Company Operations at Akron is cancelled.
Scene Support Operations-18 HR PILOT course 1R18-14002 scheduled to run on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Training & Operations Center has been cancelled and replaced with 1R14002 Scene Support Operations-Original 27-hour SSO course.
The new course will run on Mondays and Wednesdays starting:
Unit 1: Monday 10/20/14 – 7pm
Unit 2: Wednesday 10/22/14 – 7pm
Unit 3: Monday 10/27/14 – 7pm
Unit 4: Wednesday 10/29/14 – 7pm
Unit 5: Monday 11/3/14 – 7pm
Unit 6: Wednesday 11/5/14 – 7pm
Unit 7: Monday 11/10/14 – 7pm
Unit 8: Wednesday 11/12/14 – 7pm
Unit 9: Monday 11/17/14 – 7pm
If you originally took Firefighter 1 Orientation, were unsuccessful in the Air Consumption Test and need to complete remaining 18-hours of Scene Support Operations, you have two options: