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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The City of Cortland Fire Department engages in year round community education, prevention and safety programs that include:  

Groups of all ages tour the fire station to learn about the fire department and techniques to improve fire safety.  Groups can also learn how to use fire extinguishers on our state-of-the-art simulator.  Whether your preschoolers need to learn “Stop, Drop and Roll” or seniors want to improve fire safety in their homes, our firefighters can provide an educational program or tour to suit your needs.

Fire Safety Programs
Throughout the school year, the Cortland Fire Department provides fire safety programs to Cortland Central School District classes, preschools and daycare programs.  Our offerings range from individual classroom programs to large-scale events featuring Scorch the Fire Dog.  Our “Breakfast with a Firefighter” program gives kids an opportunity to sit with and talk to firefighters in a very “unofficial” way and lets them know that, in an emergency, the folks in uniform are who you should get to for information and safety.

Guest Speakers
The Cortland Fire Department also provides speakers for a range of topics that may interest your organization.  Recent events include presentations for SUNY Cortland Career and Volunteer Day Events, the YWCA Girls Day Out, Model Mom’s and Women Working Together.

CPR & First Aid Courses
Each month the staff from the fire department presents
Community CPR and First Aid Courses.  These are a no
fee opportunity for community members to learn life saving
techniques based on the American Heart Association guidelines. 
These courses are offered at the Armory on Wheeler Avenue.

Annual Open House
The largest event that the City of Cortland Fire Department hosts on-site is its Annual Fire Department Open House.  This event is always held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week in October.  Our firefighters provide educational opportunities, demonstrations and fun events like the Junior Firefighter Combat Challenge.  Activities change each year but the Auxiliary is always there with popcorn and cider for this family-oriented event!

Call 607-756-5612 to request a tour or educational program!


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