Personnel: Combination Fire Department
The career division is comprised of 25 members including the Fire Chief and all Command Officers. This division is divided into a 4-platoon system and is responsible for maintaining and operating all apparatus, equipment and facilities. Career personnel are also responsible for handling all emergency medical service requests. A career Captain is assigned as a Municipal Training Officer (MTO) and is responsible for the department’s required training program. Another Captain is assigned as the Fire Prevention Officer who is responsible for all fire-safety programs including building inspections, elementary school fire prevention education and code enforcement. Career personnel are hired through the New York State Civil Service competitive exam process. With the exception of the Fire Chief, all career firefighters are members of the Tonawanda Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association Local 859 AFL-CIO. Follow us on Facebook at City of Tonawanda Professional Firefighters, on Intagram @ctfd859, or Twitter @ctfd859. Email us any non-emergent questions at email@example.com
The volunteer division is comprised of 4 separate fire companies; Union Hook & Ladder Company #1, National Hose Company #1, are located at 44 William Street. Delaware Hose Company #2 and Niagara Hose Company #3 are located at 74 Wheeler Street. Each of these companies have been in existence for well over 100 years, all having their beginnings dating back to the 1800’s before a paid staff was established. Each company is steeped in rich history and many pictures, documents and artifacts from early last century still exist. Today, less than 15 Volunteer Firefighters and Fire Police Officers are currently on the department roster. Volunteer firefighters are mainly responsible for firefighting and rescue operations but many become involved with fire prevention activities, disaster preparedness and the Fire Police Unit. Volunteer personnel must first be interviewed, undergo a thorough background check, demonstrate reading and math skills as well as pass a physical agility exam before being accepted into the department where they are then voted into membership to a company. After being accepted, volunteers are required to attend Probationary and then Basic Firefighter training. All volunteer members must then train regularly throughout their active membership. Within the volunteer ranks are 3 captains and 4 lieutenants - firematic line officers assigned to enhance the “span of control” within the Incident Command System structure utilized by the department. The Fire Chief, based upon their skills, leadership abilities and knowledge of department operations, selects these officers. The department is currently seeking people interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter must be in good physical condition, possess a valid NYS driver’s license and have no criminal history background. If interested, please print your name and phone number in the “Persons interested in becoming a Volunteer Firefighter” folder located at Fire Headquarters in the Alarm Room and a department official will contact you.