Fire Department Directory
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Training/Safety Office - (607) 737-5708
Communications Center - (607) 735-8600
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Fire Marshal’s Office - (607) 737-5797
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Administration - (607) 737-5700
Fire Chief's Office
Policies and Procedures
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.
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.
In May of 2016, Chief Joseph J. Martino succeeded Chief Patrick P. Bermingham as the 14th Fire Chief of the Elmira Fire Department. Chief Martino is a graduate of the class of 1990 from Horseheads High School. He also attended Corning Community College and Elmira College.
Joe joined the Elmira Fire Department in 1997; attending Basic Training at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls. Joe was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, Assistant Fire Marshal in 2011 and then Fire Marshal in 2012. He is a Certified Code Enforcement Officer, Certified Fire Investigator and completed the First Line Supervisor Program through the New York City Fire Department.
Off duty, Chief Martino enjoys spending with his family, history, sports, hunting and traveling.