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TRAINING: Course Cancellation/New Announcements

The training schedule has been updated at www.erie.gov/fire to reflect these course announcements:

ALERTING PROJECT UPDATE#5

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.”

Celebrate EMS Week with Us!

Called to Care is the theme of EMS Week 2016 (May 15-21) and we want you to help us celebrate all the great people engaged in Emergency Medical Services by joining us for a press conference and reception on Monday May 16th at 2pm at the Training & Operations Center in Cheektowaga.

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: IamResponding.com based in Syracuse NY.

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

ERIE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS SOUND THE ALARM FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS

ELECTED LEADERS, STATE & LOCAL FIRE OFFICIALS TO 
KICK-OFF 6TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN

(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.

ALERTING SYSTEM UPDATE#3

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.

EMERGENCY RESPONDER ALERTING SYSTEM UPDATE#2

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.