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Erie County NY is proudly protected by some 5,000 volunteer firefighters and first responders serving in 94 Volunteer Fire Companies and 5 Volunteer EMS Units — and we’d like you to join our ranks.

That’s what this site is all about. If you think you can Fight Fires and/or Save Lives: VOLUNTEER TODAY!

  • Volunteers provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and/or Fire Protection in your community (Outside of the Cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna).
  • There are 94 volunteer fire departments and approximately 5,000+ volunteer fire fighters in Erie County.
  • Paid fire departments serve the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna and the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport Fire Department.
    • The City of Tonawanda is served by paid staff and supplemented by volunteer firefighters. This is referred to as a “combination” fire department.
    • The Village of Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department is supplemented by paid apparatus operators during certain daytime hours.
  • No previous emergency services experience or training is required to volunteer.
  • Some fire companies offer limited forms of membership such as EMS Only, Fire Police Only, Fire Fighting Only, Specialized Rescue Only or Corporate/Associate Membership – while others require that you participate in all emergency services functions that the fire department performs.
  • Some fire companies offer a Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) which rewards members for years of service.
  • Many fire companies offer a Firefighting Explorer Post program for youths age 14-18 and/or a mens/ladies auxiliary.
  • Most fire departments offer FREE training, personal protection equipment, pagers, uniforms, and/or other department apparel.
  • All Fire Companies in Erie County Want Additional Volunteers.


Looking for more info on what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter? Click here.

Learn more about joining the volunteer fire service by contacting your local volunteer fire department, completing our simple contact form, by calling our Erie County Volunteer Firefighter Hotline at 716.601.3021 or by sending an email to

PLEASE NOTE: This web site and recruitment campaign is a collaborative effort between the Erie County Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Organization and the Erie County Department of Emergency Services on behalf of our county’s 94 volunteer fire departments and is funded by a SAFER grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. [Grant# EMW-2008-FF-00784]

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