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Posted on: March 17, 2022

Mayor Byron W. Brown's Daily Update 03-17-22

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced Buffalo firefighters will be ‘truckin’ to three Tops Supermarkets on Friday, March 18, and other supermarkets citywide every Friday through April, to provide greater access to information about the City of Buffalo’s June 4, 2022 Firefighter Civil Service Exam.

“Our goal is to reach as many potential fire recruits as possible through our “Home of the Brave” campaign, and the informational sessions at supermarkets citywide will allow neighborhood residents easy access to details about careers in fire service,” Mayor Brown said. “It will be one-stop shopping for fire exam information and picking up some groceries.”

This Friday, March 18th, Tops Supermarket sessions are scheduled for:

  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., 425 Niagara St.
  • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., 1275 Jefferson Ave.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., 345 Grant St.

An informational session will be held this evening, 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 at the Broadway Market, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through the end of March, a group of female firefighters will be in the Buffalo City Hall Lobby, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 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 fire 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.

Blue and Yellow for Ukraine

The City Hall dome continues to be lit in Blue and Yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in a show of unity with the people of Ukraine as the conflict with Russia deepens. Many members of the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BuffaloLIT) are also lighting buildings and landmarks to support the people of Ukraine.

Throughout St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Buffalo, the Ukrainian Flag and the Irish Flag will wave on the same pole in Niagara Square, as another sign of solidarity with Ukraine and Buffalo’s Ukrainian community.

Mayor Brown is also asking residents who can, to consider donating to one of the charities or relief agencies helping Ukrainian refugees who have been evacuated from their homes. Additionally, the Mayor will ensure that Buffalo will welcome any refugees whom the federal government will help relocate to the United States as they escape from the Russian military and are searching for temporary new homes.

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