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James Reger

Deputy Commissioner of Fire Safety

Phone: 716-681-7111
Fax: 716-681-3645


Tiger Schmittendorf

Deputy Fire Coordinator

Phone: 716-681-7111
Fax: 716-681-3645


General Email:

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: 7/26/16 12:11

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.



Erie County Emergency Services is pleased to announce that all Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) within Erie County are using IAM Responding. Staff has worked with each PSAP to answer any outstanding issues or training requests.

Intro to 2016 Fire Advisory Board

The Erie County Fire Advisory Board is comprised of twenty-five (25) members who are appointed by the County Executive for a 2-year term, and who serve without compensation.  While our members are from fire departments in virtually every corner of the county, none of us represent just one area of the county. More importantly, you have 25 board members who are dedicated to representing our entire fire service.

County Executive Honors First Responders as part of EMS Week Celebration

“The members of emergency medical service teams are ready, around the clock, to provide lifesaving care to those in need. They are on the scene moments after disaster strikes and are on the front lines every time they are needed,” said Poloncarz. “Their efforts can mean the difference between life and death, and their sacrifice and commitment to our community are invaluable. First responders perform a difficult but vital public service, often with little recognition, and deserve more thanks than we can give for the work they do.”

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.

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.