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City of Cortland

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August 13, 2020 @ 5:15 PM Fire Commissioner's Meeting Public Access was canceled.  Next meeting will be at Fire HQ, Apparatus Bay, 21 Court Street, Cortland NY 13045.  All social distancing and health guidance rules will be followed.

Webex links

Draft Minutes September Fire Commission Web Meeting


Firefighter Exam has been rescheduled for October 10, 2020.

Exam Application must be received at Cortland County Civil Service 60 Central Ave. Cortland NY 13045 by September 10 @4:30 PM.  Applicants should check Minimum Qualifications in the description. Applicants must have been legal residents of Cortland County, Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Madison, Onondaga, Tioga, or Tompkins for at least one month immediately preceding the date of examination. Fee waivers may be available.  Contact Cortland County Civil Service Personnel.  Entry Level salary $40,070. Firefigher training provided after hire.  EMT must be obtained to be eligible for later interview but not necessary to sit fo the examination.  Consider crossfiling for exams in other counties or municipalities. Ask Civil Service early about this option to take a test at one site and have applications/tests in additional sites.

Firefighter Description link. Firefighters serve the community using a wide range of skills.  Cortland Firefighters are Firefighter with Emergency Medical Technician(EMT) certification providing fire and emergency medical services to the City of Cortland.  Additional training includes Hazardous Materials, code Enforcement, Confined Space Rescue and Rope Rescue.  If you have an interest in this exciting career we encourage you to take the Civil Service Examination on October 10, 2020.  Contact Cortland County Civil Service for additional information.

City of Cortland by Executive Order of the Mayor is limiting gatherings to no more than 25 people.  Please plan your events accordingly.

CoVid19 and the Cortland Fire Department


Executive Order 205 is in effect for travel in NY please check the links below to access updated information on the NY State website for travel advisories

Click here to find out more! NYS Links

Local information

Covid 19 and the Cortland Fire Department

Special thanks to all those who donated PPE to the first responders of Cortland County and to the many who have offered support and encouragement as we serve during the health crisis.

During this time the CFD is taking measures to keep community and staff safe. Here is a link we are building to provide information.  We have divided the staff into teams working from 3 sites in the City to limit exposures.  The teams respond in vehicles specifically equipped to manage a potential Covid 19 response.  We are working with the Cortland County emergency operations center to ensure efficient operations in the City of Cortland.  Police, Fire and EMS agencies are working together to provide Cortland citizens efficient care and support.  Please help us by following the current Governer's guidelines, social distancing, hygiene and checking on relatives or neighbors who may need assistance.  Together we can make a difference.

During this time the staff of the Code Enforcement office, Fire Department and Police Department are doing all they can to adhere to the Governor's guidelines and keep the City of Cortland a safe place for all.  This means that there are mandates for acting on gatherings, work, assembly and certain manufacturing to stop the infraction.  Please make yourself aware of the current Executive Orders and your responsibility.  Here is a link to a page for New York State information.  You will find links and abbreviated updates.


A little taste of Cortland Fire

Volunteers in the City of Cortland Fire Department serve in many diverse roles, and use their talents in many aspects of fire department activities. Their commitment to serving the community is what binds the membership, which is comprised of individuals of all ages, experiences and backgrounds. However, because not everyone has a special interest in each aspect of the fire department, our structure allows folks to explore the areas that interest them most.

Cortland Fire Department

21 Court Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Station 2 
19 S Franklin St 
Cortland, NY 13045

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