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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 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.

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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The Fire Training Schedule has been updated. | As of: 4/22/16 14:10

Applications are being accepted now. Please download the new version of the Standard Training Course Application (Print Version) or the Fillable Version. All Firefighter 14-hour Orientations are held at the Training & Operations Center.


Alerting Update#4: Legislature Approves Project

We are pleased to announce that our proposal to move forward in contracting with the selected vendor for our new two-way alerting system was approved by the Public Safety Committee on April 7 and by the full legislature on April 14, 2016. The chosen vendor is: based in Syracuse NY.

FASNY's RecruitNY Campaign Kicks off in Erie County

FASNY, Local and State Fire Officials Kick Off 6th Annual “RecruitNY” campaign in Erie County


ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Emergency Services Commissioner Dan Neaverth, Jr. represented County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz in joining with Getzville Senior Captain/Recruiter Daric Will, President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (“FASNY”) Robert McConville, and local volunteer firefighters at the Getzville Volunteer Fire Company to kick off the sixth annual “RecruitNY” campaign with a call for new volunteer firefighters to join the ranks of those already serving their communities across Erie County. 

MEDIA ADVISORY: RecruitNY Kick-off Press Conference 4/18/16 11am at Getzville VFC



(Erie County, NY – April 15, 2016) As part of a statewide effort to increase volunteer firefighters in New York, the RecruitNY statewide campaign will kick off with a news conference Monday April 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Getzville Volunteer Fire Department.


Once all of the approvals are in place, we will issue a formal announcement and details as to what additional information we will need from your agencies next. Implementation will take place on a phased PSAP by PSAP basis, with a pilot project starting with East Aurora Fire/Police Dispatch in the upcoming month.


We anticipate Public Safety Committee approval to advance our vendor recommendation to the full Erie County Legislature as early as next week. In the meantime, we need you to start doing some homework on your end as we prepare for implementation together.

Training Resources for Chiefs & Training Officers

The “Best Practices” document provides sound, reasonable guidance to fire departments across the state as they develop their training protocols to not only comply with the state Public Employee Safety and Health directives, but, more importantly, to identify what training their firefighters need to complete based on their assigned task. 

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.

Exciting News for Erie County Emergency Alerting System Users

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.

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.