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Welcome to the Erie Fire Department

Anthony Pol
Chief
Tony Pol
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626 State Street, Room 509
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 870-1400

Assistant Chief
Joseph Walko
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311 Marsh Street
Erie, PA 16508
Phone: (814) 870-1402

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Erie Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of the City of Erie by providing the highest possible levels of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters. The Erie Fire Department is responsible for life and property of Pennsylvania's third largest city covering approximately 20 square miles. The City is situated in the northwest corner of the state bounded on the north by a seven mile shoreline of Lake Erie. 100 miles to the West is the City of Cleveland Ohio. 90 miles to the East is Buffalo, New York. 120 miles to the South is Pittsburgh, Pa.

Fire Department responsibilities include:
  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Carbon Monoxide Investigation
  • Emergency Management
    • The judicious planning, assignment, and coordination of all available resources in an integrated program of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for emergencies of any kind, whether from attack, man made, or natural sources.
  • Fire Investigation
  • Fire Prevention and Inspection
  • Code Enforcement
  • Rescue
    • Vehicle
    • Off-Road
    • High Angle
    • Confined Space
    • Water Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • WMD / Terrorism

These responsibilities are handled with 6 firehouses. There are 3 full time engine companies:  E-6, E-11, E-13 and 3 dual companies: Tower-2/E-3, Tower-1/E-12 and E-8/Water rescue-1. There are 32 firefighters per shift.


 Disaster preparedness from the American Red Cross

American Red Cross

 

Fire Prevention from the National Fire Protection Association

Fire Statistics


2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
 







 
FIRES 576 570 553 580 604 586 491 589  492

11.10% 11.44% 10.80% 10.65% 8.98% 8.91% 9.92% 11.29%  9.16%
                   
OVERPRESSURE RUPTURE, EXPLOSION, OVERHEAT (NO FIRE) 13 6 10 12 11 11 7 12  9

0.25% 0.12% 0.19% 0.22% 0.16% 0.16% 0.14% 0.23%  0.16%







     
RESCUE & EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE INCIDENT 2,665 2,676 2,752 2,869 4,206 4,073 2,631 2,787  2,779

51.36% 53.71% 53.76% 52.72% 62.58% 61.98% 53.17% 53.43%  51.78%







     
HAZARDOUS CONDITION (NO FIRE) 631 534 491 655 542 543 537 500 574

12.16% 10.72% 9.59% 12.03% 8.06% 8.26% 10.85% 9.58%  10.69%







     
SERVICE CALL 179 188 187 243 218 212 227 224  265

3.45% 3.77% 3.65% 4.46% 3.24% 3.22% 4.58% 4.29%  4.93%







     
GOOD INTENT CALL 230 250 283 266 327 304 250 310  306

4.43% 5.02% 5.52% 4.88% 4.86% 4.62% 5.05% 5.94%  5.70%







     
FALSE ALARMS, FALSE CALL 811 698 725 719 660 742 695 694  805

15.63% 14.01% 14.16% 13.21% 9.82% 11.29% 14.04% 13.30%  15.0%







     
SEVERE WEATHER & NATURAL DISASTER 17 10 4 13 65 18 11 12  3

0.33% 0.20% 0.07% 0.23% 0.96% 0.27% 0.22% 0.23%  0.05%







     
SPECIAL INCIDENT TYPE 67 50 68 75 80 73 99 87  130

1.29% 1.00% 1.32% 1.37% 1.19% 1.11% 2.00% 1.66%  2.42%







     
TOTALS 5,189 4,982 5,119 5,441 6,721 6,571 4,948 5,216  5,363
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