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Recruitment & Retention Additional Resources


NOTE: Rosters are added as student registrations are compiled for the particular class. The rosters are updated periodically as registrations are received, as a course is full, or as the registration deadline has passed. Applicants do not immediately show up on rosters.

Class schedules, agendas, and prerequisites are also found here.


    Roster     Start Date Class Agenda | Class Schedule
    052103 Roster | 11/3/21 NYS Fire Police | Bowmansville - schedule
    052201 Roster | 1/18/22 NYS Fire Police | Sheridan Park - schedule
    1C2103 Roster | 10/21/21 NYS Incident Safety Officer | Swormville - schedule
    1S2102 Roster | 10/3/21 NYS IFO SCBA FF1 | Woodlawn - schedule - In Progress
    1S2103 Roster | 9/14/21 NYS IFO SCBA FF1 | Tonawanda - schedule - In Progress
    1S2104 Roster | 10/3/21 NYS IFO SCBA FF1 | ECTOC - schedule - In Progress
    1S2105 Roster | 10/9/21 NYS IFO SCBA FF1 | Harris Hill/Clarence - schedule - In Progress
    1Y2105 Roser  | 11/17/21 NYS Aparatus Operator - Emergency Vehicle / Eggertsville - schedule 
    352105 Roster | 11/18/21 NYS Confined Space Awareness - Sheridan Park - schedule
    782106 Roster | 10/26/21 NYS Apparatus Operator - Pump | Vigilant/Southline - schedule
    782107 Roster | 11/30/21 NYS Apparatus Operator - Pump  | Springville/Boston - schedule 
    792201 Roster | 02/8/22 NYS Apparatus Operator - Aerial Devices | Williamsville - schedule 
    9P2101 Roster | 11/22/21 NYS Fire Officer 1 | Kenilworth - schedule - syllabus
    9P2102 Roster | 10/5/21 NYS Fire Officer 1 | ECTOC - schedule - syllabus - In Progress
    9P2103 Roster | 11/30/21 NYS Fire Officer 1 | East Aurora - schedule - syllabus
    9P2201 Roster | 1/4/22 NYS Fire Officer 1 | Lake View - schedule - syllabus
    9Q2101 Roster | 11/10/21 NYS Traffic Incident Management | Lake Shore - schedule
    9Z2201 Roster | 1/4/22 NYS The Rules have Changed-Lightweight Wood Constr. | Sheridan Park - schedule
    ESTO2101 Roster | 10/27/21 EC Emergency Services Trailer Operations Instructor | Orchard Park - Application
    UTV2101 Roster | 10/23/21 EC UTV/ATV Safety Training | Alden - schedule
    VROL2101 Roster | 11/23/21 NYS Vehicle Rescue - Ops Level / Cleveland Hill - schedule

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For the Fire Service
  NFIRS Reporting Information - Includes Online submission 
web page icon Form 1014: FD/EMS Agency Officers List Update Form-ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM | New: 1/4/2017
web page icon Form 1050: DHSES Training & Operations Center Classroom (Only) Facility Use Request-ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM | New: 12/7/2017
adobe acrobat icon Form 1050: DHSES Training & Operations Center Classroom (Only) Facility Use Request | Last Updated: 7/28/2004 (Please use Online Submission Form Above)
web page icon Form 1060: Request for Use of Erie County Hands-on Fire Training Facilities-ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM | New 12/7/2017
web page icon Form 1002: Training Course Request-ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM | New: 9/6/2016
adobe acrobat icon NYS OFPC Training Authorization Form | Last Updated: 7/9/2015
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NYS DCJS Arson/Sex Offender Background Check Forms Package | Last Updated: 10/4/2018

TO ALL FIRE CHIEFS IN ERIE COUNTY: 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.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office provides this service, at no charge, to local fire departments as required by law. Arson and sex offender registration checks conducted by local law enforcement agencies are not valid.

This law applies to new applicants (prospective volunteer firefighters), current volunteers seeking membership in another fire company (transfers), and reinstatements to membership. Fire chiefs are encouraged to obtain parental permission before conducting any background investigations on minors.

Fire company officials should complete sections A and B, as well as fields 1 through 10 of the attached DCJS –VFF Volunteer Firefighter Inquiry Form, and should use the applicant/transferee driver’s license and another form of identification (such as a birth certificate, passport or social security card) when completing the forms.

Forms can be downloaded and completed here, available as a “fillable” form in Adobe Acrobat format which allows you to type the information from your PC keyboard directly on to the form and then print it. It’s imperative that the forms be typed or completed legibly by hand or they will be rejected, further delaying the processing. The fire chief can then sign the form and fax, mail or hand-deliver it to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office – Attention: Fire Investigation Unit. Email transmission is not permissible.

The normal turn-around time for completed arson background checks is five (5) business days or less. The results will be mailed to the fire chief. Please allow for this lead time.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Sheriff’s Fire Investigation Unit at 667-5200 or the Fire Safety Office at 681-7111 should you have any questions or require further information.

* These forms can be downloaded, fields completed within the form, and faxed or e-mailed back to Erie County Fire Safety.

web page icon 100 Club of Buffalo Scholarship of Excellence: Deadline for submitting applications is March. | Last Updated: 10/19/18
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Erie County Fire Chiefs Memorial Scholarship Application | Last Updated 2/12/2013

The objectives of the Erie County Fire Chiefs’ Mutual Aid Organization’s Memorial Scholarship is to enhance academic achievement at the college level for all firefighters of Erie County and their immediate family. The Erie County Fire Chiefs’ will award scholarships annually for the academic year commencing in September.


Scholarships shall be awarded to any firefighter who is a member in good standing of a recognized volunteer fire company within the boundaries of Erie County and any member of a firefighters’ immediate family (husband, wife, son or daughter) who are currently, or will be, attending an accredited institution of higher learning. Eligibility will be limited to fully matriculated students. (at least 12 credit hours)


Applicants must complete all sections of the application. A letter of recommendation from the Fire Chief or President of the applicant’s own fire company must be submitted with application, on fire company stationary. A copy of your acceptance letter must also be submitted with your application for first year students. A copy of your transcript from your previous semester for those who completed their previous year.

The deadline for receiving scholarship applications will be June 1 for the academic year commencing the following September. No applications will be accepted after June 1.


Selection of the scholarship winners will be determined at a time and place designated by the Scholarship Committee. All scholarships applicants will be notified by mail of their selection or denial.

The Scholarship Committee has the right to reject any or all applications received.

Applications will only be accepted for Fire Science,EMSor other related courses.

The selection of the scholarship winners by the Scholarship Committee shall be final.

Mail application and supporting information to:

Erie County Fire Chiefs’ Scholarship Committee

122 French Oaks Lane

East Amherst,N.Y.14051

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FIREFIGHTER 1 STUDENT PACKET - The student packet for the traditional delivery of this program is under revision to incorporate the new BEFO/IFO course delivery model. Check back often for an updated version. | Last Updated: 2/1/2017

Two Week Blended Learning Firefighter 1 (BEFO / SCBA/IFO-2019 Edition) 8S19001 Boot Camp Student Packet - NEW 3/19/2019

Two Week Blended Learning Firefighter 1 (BEFO / SCBA/IFO-2019 Edition) 8S19002 Boot Camp Student Packet

NOTE:  URGENT: ALL FIREFIGHTER 1 STUDENTS MUST DOWNLOAD, PRINT AND SHARE THE STUDENT PACKET WITH THEIR CHIEF OR TRAINING OFFICER. Pay close attention to the training schedule for the date of the mandatory orientation that must be attended by each student and their chief officer.

BEFO/IFO Skill Sheets

IFO Packet Forms - Learning Agreement, Training Authorization Letter, Medical Clearance, Disability Request.


IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION regarding 2016 Firefighter 1 (BEFO, SCBA/IFO) Training Program - NEW: 10/17/2016

 web page icon Task Oriented Air Consumption Test Prep Video: Erie County Firefighter Air Consumption Test Video - 2/19/14
 image NYS OFPC Request for Training Accomodations for Disability - NEW: 10/17/2016
image STUDENT GUIDE: Fire Officer 1/Supervising Fire Officer-including Firefighting Strategy & Tactics for the First Arriving Officer (FST-FAC) | Last Updated: 2/1/2017
adobe acrobat icon 1006A-Live Fire Training | Last Updated: 4/28/10
adobe acrobat icon 1007-Explorers - Jr. Firefighters | Last Updated: 3/21/2006
adobe acrobat icon 1008-Prerequisites-Rev. 2 | Last Updated: 7/24/2009
adobe acrobat icon 1009-Facepiece Seal Protection | Last Updated: 3/21/2006
 adobe acrobat icon 1010-Personal Protective Equipment | Last Updated: 3/1/2002
adobe acrobat icon Erie County/NYS OFPC Instructor Contact Info | Last Updated:10/10/17
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Firefighter Emergency Escape Systems Online Resource

adobe acrobat icon Firefighting Essentials/BIA/Firefighter 1 & 2 Course Comparison | Last Updated: 1/25/2010
NOTE:  This document outlines equivalents between the Essentials, Basic/Intermediate/Advanced and Firefighter 1/Firefighter 2 series of firefighter training courses.
adobe acrobat icon NITTEC Flyer and Highway Safety Poster | Last Updated: 5/6/2009
adobe acrobat icon NITTEC Highway Safety Awareness Course Resources | Last Updated: 5/6/2009
microsoft word icon NITTEC Highway Safety Responder Checklist | Last Updated: 5/6/2009
adobe acrobat icon NITTEC Highway Safety Responder Checklist | Last Updated: 5/6/2009

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adobe acrobat icon SEFU-Storm Emergency Fire Unit Specifications | Last Updated: 8/28/2011
NOTE:  These specifications are provided for purposes of staffing and equipping Storm Emergency Fire Units (SEFU) for deployment to appropriate incidents.
web page icon NIMS Integration Center | Last Updated: 3/22/2006
NOTE:  Click this link to learn more about and get answers to more frequently asked questions about the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
adobe acrobat icon 1039-Fire Radio Policy | Last Updated: 12/13/2010
adobe acrobat icon Erie County Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan-Adopted 5/27/10 | Last Updated: 12/16/2010
adobe acrobat icon NIMS "Five Most Frequently Asked Questions" | Last Updated: 3/21/2006
web page icon NYS NIMS Implementation Strategy | Last Updated: 3/12/2007
adobe acrobat icon SPCA 2012 Resource Guide for Horse Related Accidents | Last Updated: 3/5/2012
NOTE:  The SPCA's 2012 resource guide for horse accidents includes resources for temporary emergency stabling, transportation, referral centers, deceased animal removal and cremation services. Please share this information with all dispatch centers and appropriate agencies. Should there be need for correction or further clarifications please contact: Erie County SPCA Educational Farm Sheila M. Foss, Farm Manager (716) 629-3511 Patricia Burg, Assistant Farm Manager (716) 629-3529 Fax - (716) 875-8100 VISIT TODAY!

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Recruitment & Retention





FASNY's "Is there a FIRE in You?" Recruitment Campaign


"Make Me a Firefighter" – Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Campaign created by the National Volunteer Fire Council

image FASNY's "Is there a Fire in You?" Recruitment Campaign
image FASNY's "Is there a Fire in You?" Recruitment Campaign Resources
image FASNY's RecruitNY Volunteer Fire Department Open House Weekend Resources
National Volunteer Fire Council | Last Updated: 3/31/2005
image NVFC's 'Make Me a Firefighter' Nationwide Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Campaign
image NVFC Volunteer Fire Department Recruitment Resource Portal
web page icon Fire Services Guideline for Implementing and Supporting a Fire Explorer Post
adobe acrobat icon Recruitment Inquiry Form | Last Updated: 7/28/2004
adobe acrobat icon Volunteer Bill of Rights | Last Updated: 7/28/2004

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Additional Resources
adobe acrobat icon JOB SPECIFICATION: County Fire Instructor | Last Updated: 6/16/2017
adobe acrobat icon NYS Volunteer Firefighter Tax Exemption Form IT-245  | Last Updated: 1/15/2008
NOTE:  NYS Department of Taxation and Finance has issued Form IT-245 for tax exemption claim for volunteer firefighters and EMS providers. Instructions are attached to the form.
web page icon NYS Volunteer Firefighter & EMS Worker Benefits Law (VFBL) Guide
adobe acrobat icon FDID Number Listing-Agency Check List | Last Updated: 2/11/2010
adobe acrobat icon Fire Department Identification Codes (FDID) | Last Updated: 7/28/2004
microsoft word icon Recommended Fire Service Funeral Practices | Last Updated: 3/21/2006

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1014-Officers List Update Form150105.pdf51.82 KB
Accommodationsfordisability.pdf154.14 KB
Fire Officer 1 Student Guide2016-161220.pdf406.48 KB
Fire Service Instructor 1 Student Guide170112.pdf1.08 MB
Job Specification-CFI-170616.pdf32.17 KB
Erie County Fire Instructors-PUBLIC.doc69.5 KB
1006A-Live Fire-2009 Minimum Staffing.pdf11.91 KB
1010-PPE.pdf7.24 KB
1060-Hands-on Training Facility Use Request-2017.pdf32.88 KB
Erie County Chiefs Scholarship Application.pdf1.52 MB
Fillable NYS Fire Authorization letter.pdf137.09 KB
OFPC Cancer Bulletin 061418.pdf540.6 KB
Arson Background Checks.doc66.68 KB
erie-county-fire-stations.jpg48.77 KB
Microsoft Word - 1063-Emergency Services Training Course Application 180814.pdf100.2 KB
BEFO_IFO Skill Sheets 2018.pdf692.27 KB
Fillable IFO Course Packet 2018.pdf501.36 KB
Fire Chief- Survey Letter _ County Fire Coordinators.pdf370.54 KB
Fire Service Personnel-Survey Letter County Fire Coordinators.pdf364.94 KB