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Command Staff

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Chief of Department: Wayne C. Friedman

Deputy Chief: Michael Ten Kate

Volunteer Deputy Chief: Charles Sherman

Deputy Chief Charles Sherman has been involved in the fire service since 1980, serving as both a volunteer and career firefighter. Chief Sherman was as a volunteer firefighter in the Homer Fire Department for several years before joining the Cortland Department as a career firefighter in 1988. He was promoted to Fire Captain in 1997, and then to Assistant Chief in late 1999, where he served the department until his retirement in 2010.  During his career he was an Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Response Technician, and a NYS  Level II Fire Investigator.  Upon his retirement, he joined the Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company # 3 of the Cortland Fire Department, where he has served as Secretary, Vice President and currently is President of the company. Sherman held the rank of Lieutenant of the Fire Investigation Division until he was elected 2nd Assistant Chief, and now currently holds the rank of 1st Assistant Chief in the department.  After retiring from the career service, Chief Sherman worked as the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist and then the Fire Marshal for the Oneida Indian Nation, before moving to his current position as the Fire and Building Safety Coordinator at Ithaca College.  Chief Sherman is a member of numerous fire service groups, and a life member of the Homer Fire Department.


Volunteer First Assistant Chief: Scott Fairbanks 

Assistant Chief Scott Fairbanks has been in the service of the City of Cortland since 1992. He began as a member of Orris Hose Company #2 and has been involved in many aspects of department operations and company administration. Serving as Company 2 Assistant Foreman, Foreman, Property Clerk, Treasurer and Representative to the Board of Engineers he experienced all aspects of Company Administration. He was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2004. In 1996 he took on public relations responsibilities as the Parade Lieutenant designating staff to represent the Department at off site functions. He served as a Fire Police Lieutenant with duties including oversight of securing emergency scenes, personnel assignments and training of members. He was Fire Policeman of the Year 2010. He has served as leadership on the Board of Engineers as Vice President and President responsible for continuity of companies within the department. He continues in his 21st year of service as the 1st Assistant Chief.


Volunteer Second Assistant Chief: William Buttino


Cortland Fire Department

21 Court Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Station 2 
19 S Franklin St 
Cortland, NY 13045


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