Volunteer Opportunities

Scanned from a Xerox multifunction device001Volunteers 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.

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Cortland Fire DepartmentThe City of Cortland (NY) Fire Department has two fire stations staffed around the clock.

Our Headquarters, located at 21 Court Street, is a historical building built in 1914. We believe it is the second oldest continuously working firehouse listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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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.



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