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

"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 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: COOP Planners Train-the-Trainer Workshop

The Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planner’s Workshop is to provide COOP training for Continuity Planners at the Federal, State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal levels of government with special attention to Fire/EMS/LE and other public safety agencies and organizations. Federal Continuity Directive (FCD) 1 directs the Federal executive branch departments...

TRAINING UPDATE: Course Status Updates & Firefighter 1 Course Clarification


The training schedule has been updated at www.erie.gov/fire to reflect these course announcements: 



  • 0516005 Fire Police at Bowmansville starts 11/15/16...
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