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CoVid19 and the Cortland Fire Department

During this time the CFD is taking measures to keep community and staff safe.  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 hospital to create a drive through testing facility and 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 the Executive orders page

Coronavirus - Covid -19: News and Information

Updated Information from the Governor's Office @

March 22, 2020

NYS is on PAUSE:  What does this mean?  The Governer's office has put out guidlines to help keep New Yorkers safe using 10 Easy Steps.  More Here

March 21, 2020

By March 22, 2020 at 8 PM 100% of all non-essential personnel are to be sent home.  Services that require clients and providers to be in contact less than 6 feet will be closed.  Examples of this are barbers, hairdressers, nail design services etc.

Link to essential personnel listing

March 19, 2020

Retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys to close by 8 PM in

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania


March 16, 2020 @8 pm

all Bars, Theaters and Restaurants in NY, NJ and CT will be closed. 

Restaraunts will be able to provide delivery and take out services

More information

Department of Health Alert: Effective March 13, 2020 @ 5 PM


NYS Department of Health has directed that any gathering with 500 or more participants be cancelled or postponed.  Included in this guidance but not limited to are the following:  theater, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, restaurants, bars, gaming establishments and fitness centers. 

Events with less than 500 people may only operate at 1/2 of the maximum capacity.

• Promote messages that discourage people who are sick from attending or visiting

• Review existing plans and procedures and consulet state and local officials for local prepardness and response capabilities

• Use alernative event delivery

• If a small event has in person participation, use procedures for community containment strategies

• Train all staff on proper hand and respiratory hygiene


Link here to the full guidance document from NYS Department of Health




Cortland Fire Department Firefighter Exam POSTPONED Information will be posted as it becomes available

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 April 25, 2020.  You can find a description of the work and the exam requirements for "Firefighter, City of Cortland".  Applications for testing close April 8, 2020 @ 4:30 PM.  Click here for test application Contact Cortland County Civil Service for additional information.


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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