Buffalo Fire Department

Buffalo has several firehouses which are well over a century old. Councilmember Chris Scanlon is arguing 14 out of 20 fire houses don't have the facilities for the increasing number of women in the Fire Department.


Underground electrical fire closes downtown streets

Apr 12, 2015
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An underground electrical fire at Franklin and Tupper Streets in downtown Buffalo resulted in the closing of streets and evacuation of buildings on Sunday afternoon.

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The Buffalo Fire Department's Haz-Mat team was called to The Buffalo News building Monday afternoon after an envelope with white powder inside was delivered to the newspaper's offices.

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Icy roads caused problems for area drivers this weekend.

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Buffalo Fire Marshals are looking for the cause of yesterday's four-alarm blaze that leveled a warehouse on the city's east side and spread to several neighboring buildings.

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First responders were called to the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo Wednesday to investigate a suspicious envelope with a white powdery substance inside. The Buffalo Fire Department responded to the scene in hazmat suits around 12:30 p.m.

Riverside man charged in Grant Street fires

Oct 4, 2014
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City of Buffalo Fire Marshals are charging a Riverside man in connection with the series of fires set along Grant Street, early Thursday morning.

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New York State's two US Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand, have announced funding for improvements to a pair of Western New York fire departments.

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All of the Buffalo Fire Department's first response apparatus have been outfitted with kits of the life-saving overdose drug Narcan. Shortly after its rollout, the drug was used to save the life of a man overdosing on heroin.

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The City of Buffalo has requested, and received, the resignation of a deputy fire commissioner based on what it calls a failure to rein in overtime costs.

Fatal fire highlights importance of smoke detectors

Mar 25, 2014
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In light of the fire that claimed the life of 7-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago in the city on Sunday, Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield is reminding people to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home.

Officials identify young victim of Fillmore Avenue fire

Mar 24, 2014
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Seven-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago died in a fire at 1400 Fillmore Avenue Sunday. Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said the cause of the blaze is still undetermined and the investigation is ongoing.

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Today marks the anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the history of the Buffalo Fire Department. Thirty years ago tonight, a propane tank explosion inside a warehouse at North Division and Grosvenor streets, killing five Buffalo Firefighters.


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Buffalo has come up with a low-tech way to help the first fire fighters arriving at a burning building.

North Division fire destroys two homes

Nov 4, 2013

The smell of smoke permeated throughout downtown  Buffalo early Monday morning after firefighters battled a three-house fire on North Division Street.

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The Buffalo Fire Department has ten new vehicles at its disposal, continuing the city's effort to upgrade and augment its fleet.

All-female fire crew assembles in South Buffalo

Aug 24, 2012

It's a rarity for the Buffalo Fire Department: an all-female crew assigned to the same truck. 

The Buffalo News reports that it happened on Thursday, when the scheduling unintentionally resulted in four women working on Engine 4 in South Buffalo.

The department is only 5 percent female and there are usually no more than two women on the same schedule at once. 

Lieutenant Kate Keane and firefighters Sue Farry, Michelle Burke and Debbie Ernest all have been firefighters for more than a decade.

A lawsuit against the Buffalo Fire Department that claimed racial discrimination has been dismissed.  

The 14-year-old lawsuit was filed by 17 former and current African-American firefighters.  It accused the city of discriminating against African-American employees based on promotional and disciplinary policies.

U.S. District Judge John Curtin issued the dismissal, saying the suit failed to state its case against the fire department.   Curtin said there was a lack of evidence to support the claims.

Authorities are still seeking clues to the identity of the man killed in Friday night's fire on Sycamore Street.

The building was an abandoned residence and all of the utilities had been disconnected. The cause of the fatal fire is still under investigation. Commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department, Garnell Whitfield, warns that winter weather drives many people, homeless or otherwise, to use heat sources that might not be all together safe.