The Niagara Falls Fire Department, New York, USA (NFFD) protects a population of 56,000 residents and between 12-14 million visitors per year. Our response area covers approximately 17 square miles of mixed properties including residential, industrial, municipal and county buildings. We are bordered by the Niagara River on two sides, consisting of the “upper” and “lower” river. The upper river with it’s rapids provides our department with opportunities for swift water rescues as well as other potential life safety issues. The lower river and the Niagara Gorge provides us with technical rescues and wildland fire potential.
The NFFD is certified to respond to all medical emergencies experienced by our residents and visitors to Niagara Falls. These include auto extrications, industrial accidents, and general medical assistance calls. The NFFD responds an average of more than 4,000 calls per year.
The citizens and visitors of Niagara Falls are protected by a 135 person department commanded by a Fire Chief who is appointed by the Mayor. The Fire Chief is assisted by two civilian staff people and the balance are all uniformed fire personnel. We currently operate 5 fire stations and 7 pieces of apparatus staffed with a minimum of 3 personnel 24/7 with an on-duty minimum staffing of 24 firefighters and officers. In addition we also staff a Fire Prevention Division, a Training Division, and an Apparatus Division. Our apparatus is maintained by two NFFD mechanics who also act as the liaison for new equipment purchases.
The NFFD members are represented by two unions; one designated for fire fighters and one for fire officers. All members of the fire department are highly visible in the community and are regarded as community service advocates and repeatedly assist in the city when needed.
The Niagara Falls Firefighters are most proud of their annual Firefighters Christmas Toy Fund. They conduct a telethon each year, securing donations and support of individuals and businesses in Niagara Falls and the surrounding community. They then use 100% of the funds generated to help the less fortunate people in the community. During the holiday period the firefighters further assist the community in presenting a Christmas Party and Dinner for all residents of Nursing Homes in the area. Finally, year round they provide assistance to families who are the victims of fire or other disasters.
The Niagara Falls Fire Department members are committed to the life safety of the citizens and visitors of Niagara Falls and enhancing our community’s quality of life.