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Posted on: March 14, 2022

Mayor Byron W. Brown's Daily Update 03-14-22

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today reminded residents of several opportunities to get information about a career with the Buffalo Fire Department, ahead of the June 4, 2022 fire exam.

“Our goal is to reach as many potential fire recruits as possible through our “Home of the Brave” campaign, especially minorities, women and veterans. We want to build a new generation of Buffalo firefighters that best reflects our increasingly diverse community,” Mayor Brown said.

An informational session will be held Wednesday, March 16, at the Olivencia Community Center, 261 Swan St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday, March 19th, Buffalo Firefighters will also host a meet-and-greet during the Buffalo Soup Fest at The Broadway Market, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at 999 Broadway.

Through the end of March, a group of female firefighters will be in the Buffalo City Hall Lobby, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to answer questions and talk about a career in fire service, as part of the City’s Women’s History month celebration.

The next Firefighter Civil Service Exam will be administered on Saturday, June 4, 2022. The deadline to file an initial application is Friday, April 29, 2022.

To be eligible, firefighter candidates must be:

  • 19 years old at the time of the examination and 20 years old at the time of appointment
  • A full-time resident of the City of Buffalo as of January 29, 2022 and maintain city residency
  • Willing and able to perform physically demanding work
  • Able to manage stress and adverse outcomes well

Interested applicants can go to to download a copy of the application or stop by Buffalo City Hall, Room 1001, to pick up an application.

Time is running out to register for the City of Buffalo’s next Lifeguard Certification Training Course, which starts Saturday, March 19!

Mayor Brown and the Buffalo Police Athletic League urge Buffalo residents, ages 16 to 21, to sign up for the upcoming series of Lifeguard Certification Training sessions, as the City seeks to train and hire 100 lifeguards to staff Buffalo’s 10 outdoor pools this summer.

City lifeguards earn $16 an hour.

The training will take place on three consecutive weekends, with classes on March 19 and Sunday, March 20, Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, with a final session on Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The lifeguard course will take place at the Cazenovia Park Pool, 626 Abbott Road.

Lifeguard trainees must be:

  • Able to swim with proficiency
  • Attendance for all five sessions is MANDATORY

Preference will be given to youth who reside in the City of Buffalo and attend a Buffalo Public School. Youth who are interested in participating in the training class, or those interested in being a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Instructor, should visit to register and get additional information on the certification course.

Those who hold Red Cross lifeguard certification, can apply to be a lifeguard on the City’s website: jobs.aspx.

It’s time to apply for the 2022 Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment program

Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment program provides six weeks of both in-person and virtual employment and work-readiness training to youth in the city of Buffalo during the summer months. Participants will earn $13.20 an hour while gaining important experiences and mentoring. 

Since 2006, more than 27,000 young City of Buffalo residents, ages 14 to 21, have gained valuable work experience through the program.

Interested youth can apply online at Completed applications are due by Friday, April 15, 2022.

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