City of Elmira Fire Department

Mission Statement

The Elmira Fire Department is committed to serving the citizens of Elmira in a professional manner. We accomplish this with a highly trained staff prepared for fire response, emergency medical assistance, fire prevention activities, code enforcement, and inspection services. We treat all members of our community with respect and dignity in all of our daily operations.

Chief's Welcome

The Elmira Fire Department provides public safety services to the citizens of our city. In addition to fire suppression, we also offer fire prevention education programs to many groups in our community. These fire prevention programs reach out to business and industry, institutions, schools and target all age groups. Our code enforcement duties work together with fire prevention programs to reduce the conditions that can result in loss by fire.

The emergency medical and rescue response we provide has become well known to the residents of Elmira. Each piece of fire apparatus is equipped with basic life support and early defibrillation equipment. Every member of this Fire Department is prepared to deliver highly skilled emergency medical and rescue services whenever they are needed. Our hazardous material emergency spill response unit is the only one of its kind in this section of New York State. We provide this service throughout Chemung County with the cooperation and the assistance of the other fire departments in the county.

When city residents are suddenly confronted with an unexpected emergency, the Fire Department usually represents their only resort in dealing with the situation. Elmira firefighters have made a commitment to education and training to the highest of standards. This helps us to respond and assist citizens facing a true emergency in the most effective manner.

As chief, I am very proud of the interest and dedication exhibited by the personnel of the Elmira Fire Department. I believe their continued enthusiasm has the potential to make this organization one of the finest, most productive and efficient municipal Fire Departments in New York State.

Fire Chief: Patrick Bermingham

Chief Patrick Bermingham is the fourth of five generations in his family to serve in the Elmira Fire Department. He follows in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Daniel, his grandfather John, his uncle Thomas, and his father John. His great grandfather Daniel lost his life in the line of duty in 1939 at a blaze at State Street and E. Second Street. His son joined the department in 2009, making five generations of Berminghams dedicating their lives to protecting the City of Elmira in the Fire Department.

Patrick is a graduate of the class of 1975 from Notre Dame High School. After High School, he attended Corning Community College and received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He joined the Elmira Fire Department in 1981 and became an EMT in 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1993. In 2003, Pat was promoted to Captain and then promoted to Deputy Chief in 2005. Pat succeeded Gary Blitz as the 13th Fire Chief of the Elmira Fire Department in June of 2009. He has served as a member of the HazMat Team, completed FDNY's First Line Supervisors School, and attended the WMD Incident Command School in Anniston Alabama.

Off duty Chief Bermingham spends a lot of time with his four grandchildren. He enjoys cooking, reading, gardening and traveling with his wife. He also spends a great deal of time at their cabin hunting and relaxing.
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Fire Dept. Directory

EMERGENCY - Dial 911

A building is on fire
You smell gas in a structure
Accident with injuries
A life is in danger

Communications Center - (607) 735-8600

You need FD assistance

Administration - (607) 737-5700

Fire Chief's Office
Policies and Procedures

Training/Safety Office - (607) 737-5708

Firefighter Training

Fire Marshal’s Office - (607) 737-5797

Fire Station Tours
Classroom Visits


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