Interior/Exterior Firefighters

Interior Firefighter Training

Volunteer members who meet the annual health requirements and fitness standards may participate in interior firefighting operations. Due to the hazardous nature of these operations, firefighters require specialized training to meet city, county and state regulations. This includes Firefighter I and II, which teach the basic firefighting techniques of using turnout gear and self contained breathing apparatus as well as tools and equipment integral in firefighting tactics. Students will learn the aspects of teamwork, motivation and safety in live fire evolutions under the supervision of NYS certified instructional staff. In addition, candidates will complete the following courses: Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, Firefighter Survival, Truck Company Operations, Courage to Be Safe and CPR. At the end of the training program successful candidates participate in a graduation ceremony open to family and friends.

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Exterior Firefighter Training

Volunteer members who do not want to engage in interior firefighting operations, but are still interested in fire ground operations can serve as exterior firefighters. While exterior work is risky and physically demanding, exterior firefighting does not include training in interior techniques or self contained breathing apparatus. Candidates learn tool and scene safety, fire behavior and development, fire extinguishers, hose practices, water supply, ground ladder operations, and ropes and knots. Candidates complete the NYS Certification for Scene Support Operations under the instruction of NYS certified instructors.


Cortland Fire Department

21 Court Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Station 2 
19 S Franklin St 
Cortland, NY 13045

In Emergencies

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