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 ANNOUNCEMENT: Blended Learning Two-Week Firefighter 1 Boot Camp



We are no longer accepting applications.

2017 Erie County

Blended Learning Two-Week Firefighter 1 Boot Camp...

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Four (4) New Courses Added


Please start to submit your firefighters' applications immediately. Whether hosting independently or for your entire fire control/chiefs association, course hosts have one week after the course is announced to submit applications for their firefighters. Seats will be filled on a first-come/first serve basis after that time. Failure...

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...

Our Volunteers. Their Stories.

Our Volunteers. Their Stories.

We're building and celebrating three key campaigns concurrently at iVolunteerFIRE.org under the tab of "Our Volunteers. Their Stories."

NVFC Launches Volunteer Spotlight Videos

Learn more about our 5,000+ Erie County Volunteer Firefighters and EMS personnel at: iVolunteerFIRE.org

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.

NYS Weekend at National Fire Academy Announced

The Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention & Control will host its 32nd annual New York State Weekend at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland: May 20-21, 2017.

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."


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.