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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
716.681.7111 - FAX.681.3645 -

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Exciting News for Erie County Emergency Alerting System Users sticky icon

We are pleased to share that we are in the final stages of evaluating modern third-party solutions that will far exceed the capabilities of our current system while providing a similar level of reliability as a secondary means of emergency alerting. We plan to procure and implement this system by the end of Q1-2016.

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The Fire Training Schedule has been updated. | As of: 1/29/16 08:55

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 Tips: Preparing for Success in Firefighter 1

We instructors are excited to start your new members into the fire service and we are all dedicated to their safety, wellbeing and the opportunity for them to succeed. While ultimately it is up to them, their commitment and attitude – chiefs, training officers and fellow firefighters play an important role in helping them determine and improve both their capabilities and limitations in performing the tasks and duties of a firefighter.

TRAINING SCHEDULE: 8 New Courses Added

The training schedule has been updated at to reflect the status of each currently scheduled training course. More courses will be scheduled soon.

You must check the web site for the appropriate course roster to determine if you are registered for the class you applied for. We do not send out individual course registration confirmations. Rosters will be posted in the order of the class start date.

TRAINING: Initial Winter/Spring Schedule Announced

The training schedule has been updated at to reflect that twenty-eight (28) new courses have been added as the initial offering for the Winter/Spring 2016 semesters.

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.

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.