Buffalo Fire Department

Buffalo Fire Department

Two alarms were called out to a fire that engulfed two houses on Hopkins Street near South Park Avenue on the city's south side at around 9 a.m. Monday.

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The Buffalo Fire Department is getting some help from FEMA. 

 

City officials announced Wednesday they’ve received a $322,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to obtain new equipment and training for firefighters. The funding is part of more than $33.6 million awarded to 166 fire departments nationwide by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

 

Thomas O'Neil-White

A gas leak in downtown Buffalo Friday lead to the evacuation of several buildings and shut down a section of Swan Street. The leak occurred around 10:30 a.m. National Fuel was conducting maintenance work outside of 284 Main Street when they cracked an old gas line.

Many thoughts moved through the mind of Father Paul Seil Monday as he followed news of the fire which engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He's familiar with the iconic structure, having visited five times over two decades, most recently in January. "I concelebrated mass there once," Seil told WBFO.


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Buffalo Firefighter Eric Whitehead is continuing to recover from third degree burns he suffered while battling a house fire in January. But he’s focusing on the future and getting back to work.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

History made within the Buffalo Fire Department is being recognized. It now has its first-ever African-American female Lieutenant.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Buffalo Fire Department is a little larger Tuesday, with the swearing-in of a new recruit class, as they head for the training academy.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Some much needed repairs are on the way for the Buffalo Fire Department's Edward M. Cotter. At 118-years-old - it's the oldest active fireboat in the world and it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The former federal courthouse in downtown Buffalo is again active, serving as the new home of both the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments. A dedication ceremony was held Thursday morning, beginning with the police department formally decommissioning its longtime home just a few blocks away.


Remembering 9/11

Sep 11, 2018
Chris Caya WBFO News

Ceremonies were held across the region Tuesday to commemorate the 17th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. In Buffalo, fire fighters held a large American flag from the pedestrian bridge over the Sqajaquada Expressway, in Delaware Park.

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The Buffalo Fire Department is bidding farewell to its longtime chaplain, Father Joe Bayne, who served in the role for over 13 years.

City of Buffalo

Buffalo has a new fire commissioner as the Common Council Tuesday approved Mayor Byron Brown's recommendation to bring retired battalion chief William Renaldo out of retirement to take the job.

Mike Desmond/WBFO

Leaders of the Buffalo Fire Department were joined Wednesday by high-level city officials in welcoming the newest class of firefighter recruits. By adding 66 firefighter recruits, the number of sworn personnel in the department stands at 680.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A 21-year member of the Buffalo Fire Department is its new Commissioner. Vincent Muscarella and new Community Services and Recreational Programming Commissioner Otis Barker were the two first-timers among nine department heads confirmed Tuesday by the Buffalo Common Council.


All aboard the Cotter for a special family reunion

Aug 18, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of a family with roots in South Buffalo and with the Buffalo Fire Department gathered Friday aboard the city's vintage fireboat. The tour is intended to not only celebrate the family's heritage but raise awareness that the ship is in need of upgrades.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says it will be at least a month before a formal search process starts to replace Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, who retired last week citing family obligations and health issues.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

After learning about the long-term health effects that touched numerous firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attacks in New York City, lawmakers including Senator Charles Schumer are pushing for passage of a registry that they say will help identify and prevent cancer risks for other firefighters nationwide.


Chris Caya WBFO News

The City of Lackawanna has lifted a state of emergency that was declared 12 days ago during the massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant. Officials who toured the site Monday are still waiting for the final price tag. 


Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Within days, the City of Buffalo will own the the former Dillon Courthouse across Niagara Square from City Hall. The Common Council approved the deal Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski declared a state of emergency in his city during the noon hour, calling for the evacuation of residents living near the site of a former Bethlehem Steel building where a fire continues to burn since Wednesday.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Fillmore Avenue travelers Thursday were dealing with a fine dust on the street, with some probably wondering what it is. The answer: kitty litter.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The SolarCity complex in South Buffalo is getting intense attention from the Buffalo Fire Department, looking for safety in construction and operation in the future.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Activities are back to normal at one of Buffalo's most popular waterfront attractions. But for several hours, Canalside was closed to the public after the discovery of what was described as a "suspicious package."

Dave Kaz/Buffalo Fire Department

Three people escaped an early-morning house fire on Moselle Avenue between East Ferry and Box in Buffalo. One of the three had to be rescued and is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Former East side church building catches fire

Apr 24, 2016
WBFO News file photo / WBFO News

A fire on Sunday afternoon at the former Trinity Baptist church has resulted in the emergency demolition of a portion of the building.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Two adult males died in a fire early Friday morning at 90 Humber Avenue. One of the men was a father who reentered the burning structure in an attempt to rescue his children.

USCG Sectr Buffalo Website

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Black Rock Canal off of the I-190 following a report of persons in a boat in the water.

Niagara Falls, Ontario Public Library

On Oct. 5, 1960, an enormous explosion and fire broke out in the Maple Leaf Mills grain elevator, the largest in Canada, at the entrance to the Welland Canal in Port Colborne. Two days later the catastrophic blaze was still out of control when the city of Port Colborne, which did not have a fireboat of its own, requested assistance from the Buffalo Fire Department.


Two Buffalo firefighters were injured late Saturday night when their rig collided with a car downtown.

Firefighters in Buffalo were called out early Sunday morning to a home on Camp Street that was engulfed in flames.

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