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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
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The Fire Training Schedule has been updated. As of: 07/28/15 15:10

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.


TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Several New Courses Added

Applications are being accepted now. Please download the new version of the Standard Training Course Application from As always, the training schedule is a “living document” with frequent updates. PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE COURSES WILL BE FORTHCOMING SOON

CHIEFS & TRAINING OFFICERS: County Training Cancelled 7/27 & 7/28

ATTENTION CHIEFS & TRAINING OFFICERS: All outdoor fire training scheduled for Monday-7/27/15 and Tuesday-7/28/15 at Erie County's Amherst, Cheektowaga and Chestnut Ridge Fire Training Facilities has been cancelled due to the forecasted heat index, per Deputy Commissioner McCullough. Please notify all appropriate parties.

TRAINING: Five New Courses Added

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

  • 1S15007 – Firefighter 1 hosted by the East Amherst Fire Company for the fire departments under Amherst Fire Control. The 14 hr. Orientation is scheduled for the weekend of Saturday-August 8 and Sunday-August 9 at the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center in Cheektowaga.

    Chief or Training Officers are required to accompany their recruits for only the first two (2) hours of orientation on Saturday-August 8. The remainder of the class will then shift to Monday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings.
  • 1C15001 – Incident Safety Officers starts at Lake View on June 8.
  • 1Y15001 – Apparatus Operator-EVOC starts at the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation on May 12.
  • 9N15001 – Engine Company Operations starts at South Wales on June 22.
  • 9P15001 – Fire Officer 1 starts at Kenmore on September 8. 


TRAINING: Rosters Posted for Summer-2015 Firefighter 1 Boot Camp

TRAINING: Rosters Posted for Summer-2015 Firefighter 1 Boot Camp More than 60 applications were received for the 24 allowable seats in this Firefighter 1 Course. Thus, the course was split into two classes of approx. 24 students each. One class will be hosted at the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center in Cheektowaga for the students from fire departments in Cheektowaga and North. The second class will be hosted by the Newton-Abbott Volunteer Fire Company in Hamburg for the students from West Seneca and South.

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.

2015 Firefighter 1 Student Packet Released/One Course Correction


1S15003 - Firefighter 1 hosted at Newton Abbott for the fire departments under Hamburg Fire Control: There are no Saturday sessions as listed in error.


Please share the following and attached with all students (and chiefs of students) preparing for or enrolled in an Erie County Firefighter 1 Course:

First Round of Firefighter 1 Courses of 2015 Released

Major changes to the Firefighter 1 curriculum for 2015 have been shared at county meetings and other venues throughout this past fall. A summary of those changes is attached and included in the revised Firefighter 1 Student Packet 2015 which will be distributed under a separate email. The new Firefighter 1 (and Firefighter 2 and BEFO-Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations courses) curriculum are based on the IFSTA/Brady Essentials of Firefighting and Fire Department Operations-6th Edition.

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.