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: 4 Courses Added–1 Course AT RISK
COURSE STATUS UPDATES: The training schedule has been updated at www.erie.gov/fire to reflect these course announcements:    AT RISK:
  • 1Y07002 Apparatus Operator-EVOC starts at U-Crest on 3/21/17 at 9am. This is a DAY SHIFT course that will run from Tuesday through...
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.
Our Volunteers. Their Stories.
We're building and celebrating three key campaigns concurrently at iVolunteerFIRE.org under the tab of "Our Volunteers. Their Stories."
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."
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...


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.