The Watervliet Fire Department is committed to the preservation and protection of life, property, and environment from the adverse effects of fire, medical, and hazardous conditions through sustained training, progressive education, and constant diligence to provide the highest level of customer service.
List of Services Provided by the Department
- Fire Suppression and Control
- Fire Prevention and Public Relations
- Fire Investigation
- Hazardous Material Incident Response
- Emergency Medical Service Response (EMT and PARAMEDIC)
- Emergency Transportation
- Natural Gas, Carbon Monoxide and Electrical Emergency Response
- Emergency Rescue Response
- Mutual Aid to Neighboring Communities
- Non Emergency Service for Public Assistance
Fire Department Organization and Operations
The Watervliet Fire Department is the Fire and Emergency Services branch of the City of Watervliet municipal government and has been housed in The Thomas M. McCormack Fire Headquarters on 2nd Avenue and 13th Street in the City since 1970. The Department consists, currently, of twenty-fourfull time professional firefighters. The Department operates under a four platoon system. The on duty work schedule is a twenty-four hour shift.
The Fire Department is National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a coordinated effort that brings together the major elements of an operation - specifically, command, operations, planning, and logistics under a unified command. The ICS is the backbone of Emergency Services response in the City of Watervliet.
The first alarm response consists of one engine, a light rescue unit, and an aerial tower manned by platoon members on duty. Greater alarms are responded to by recall of off duty personnel via the Departments page/radio monitoring system and additional mutual aid or special call response. Emergency Medical certifications are held by all members of the firefighter staff. The EMS program is overseen by a medical doctor and Firefighter Tom Corcoran.
The Table of Organization for the Fire Department begins with the Mayor as the Chief Elected Officer. He has the responsibility to order or declare a "State of Emergency" as prescribed under New York State and Albany County Disaster Control Programs. The General Manager is the Commissioner of Public Safety and is ultimately responsible for all emergency operation of the Fire and Police Departments. The Fire Chief is the ranking officer and chief administrator of the day to day operations of the Fire Department. Ranking below the Fire Chief are Battalion Chiefs, Captains, Lieutenants and Firefighters.