County Fire Coordinator
The County Fire Coordinators Office coordinates, maintains and administers a number of programs and services for meeting the needs of local fire departments and emergency medical service (EMS) agencies.
Specifically, the Fire Coordinator’s Office:
Maintains the County fire radio system, consisting of three communication towers located in Duanesburg, Glenville, and Niskayuna with 26 frequencies.
Administers the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) Outreach Training Program with a staff of seven instructors and one Chief Deputy -Training. This program offers a wide variety of training courses geared to ensure the safety of personnel through courses in fire ground operations and tactics.
Maintains a staff of ten Fire Investigators, consisting of one Chief Deputy and nine Investigators to determine origin and cause of fires within the county (except the City of Schenectady). The staff is also instrumental in helping firefighters from various county fire departments obtain first hand knowledge and experience in on-scene fire investigations in order for them to obtain certification as fire investigators.
Administers the Hazardous Materials Response Team that have expertise and equipment to mitigate and advise on public safety in the event of a hazardous materials spill or release.
Administers the County Fire Mutual Aid program to meet the needs of the local fire service and to assist, advise and coordinate fire department response.
Administers the County Mass Casualty Incident response plan in the event of an incident involving multiple injuries to assist, advise and coordinate EMS agency response.
Maintains a Communications and Command Vehicle (C-100) that is available to respond to major fires, haz-mat /WMD incidents, mass gatherings or other type situations that may require a field command operation.
The Fire Coordinator acts as a Regional Fire Administrator upon activation of the State Fire Mutual Aid Plan directing resources and advising New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control of available resources.
Works closely with the Office of Emergency Management to ensure a well-planned and coordinated approach to natural or manufactured disasters with the ultimate goal of minimizing the loss of life, property, and disruptions to government and businesses in the community.
130 Princetown Plaza
(518) 370-3113 (p)