City of Amsterdam Fire Department

Chief: Michael Whitty

Phone: 518.843.1312

The City of Amsterdam Fire Department was founded in the early 1800ís and has been a fully career department since 1907. The department consists of 33 sworn members providing emergency response 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The duties of the department include fire suppression, fire education, enforcement of State and City codes, Advanced Life Support emergency medical services, heavy rescue response, water response, etc. The area protected includes residential, commercial, mixed occupancy, seven schools, industrial sites, two hospitals, waterway, railroad and roadway, including a section of the NYS Thruway. Department apparatus include three Class A pumpers, two quints (104' elevating aerial platform with pump, and 75' heavy-duty ladder with pump), one utility truck, light emergency services vehicle and a command vehicle. All responses are made from Fire Department Headquarters, located in the Public Safety Building. Current ISO rating is a 4.

The department has 14 members certified as EMT-D and 17 EMT-Paramedics. Fire safety education classes and demonstrations are provided to school children, senior citizens, industrial and commercial employees and civic groups. Smoke detectors are made available and installed by department members to all that request them.

Code enforcement duties include enforcement of the NYS Fire Prevention and Building Code, fire safety inspections of all commercial and industrial buildings, multiple dwelling, and places of assembly.

The members of the department are highly trained and motivated to provide a safe environment to all the citizens of our City.

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