Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner William Renaldo today presided over the swearing-in of 15 new recruits to the Buffalo Fire Department.
“I’m very pleased to welcome these 12 men and three women as the Buffalo Fire Department’s newest class of recruits. Hiring of these 15 recruits boosts the staff count of the Buffalo Fire Department to 742, the highest number of personnel in over a decade,” Mayor Brown said. “My Administration’s continuing goal is to appoint, train, and hire a diverse group of firefighters of what I believe is one of the best fire departments in the entire nation.”
The recruits will earn a base salary of $42,474 a year.
“These men and women will begin training on February 15th, and will be tested mentally, physically and academically over the next 20 weeks,” Commissioner Renaldo said. “The addition of this new class further demonstrates our commitment to a fully-staffed, trained and ready firefighting force capable of providing effective and efficient firefighting services to our community”
Mayor Brown noted that since 2006, the City has invested over $37 million in its fire department.
“In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that the men and women of the Buffalo Fire Department have all the tools they need as they answer the call to rescue and protect the City of Buffalo’s residents, businesses and visitors. The 2021 Capital Budget builds on the major capital improvement and equipment upgrades my Administration has made over the last 16 years,” Mayor Brown said. “Key items in this year’s capital budget include $1.9 million for self-contained breathing apparatus, $1.3 million of an aerial ladder truck and groundbreaking for a new state-of-the-art firehouse at the corner of Seneca Street and Southside Parkway, in South Buffalo, which will cost more than $5 million to build and equip.”
In 2020, the City added three new fire engines, as well as two new SUVs to get key personnel to emergency scenes and a utility vehicle that will be aid vehicle repairs.
Other key investments by the Brown Administration in the Buffalo Fire Department since 2006 include: creation of the City of Buffalo Police & Fire Headquarters at the Michael J. Dillon U.S. Courthouse Building, replacement of the entire fleet of fire vehicles, refurbishing of the historic Edward W. Cotter fireboat, construction of three new firehouses, major renovations at several others, equipping firefighters with state-of-the-art equipment, and training our firefighters to administer overdose-reversing medication.