The best-kept secret of the NFTA. Some may know us as CFR, ARFF or the fire department.
The Buffalo Niagara International Fire Department was established in 1981 and has been serving the traveling public, their waiting families/friends, airlines, tenants, and our co-workers since July 1, 1981. Our original fire station was located on the other side of the airfield close to the cargo ramp. In August of 2017, we moved into our state-of-the-art fire station across the airfield.
The department is made up of 36 firefighters, 4 Assistant Fire Chief's and me, the Fire Chief. The four platoons provide coverage 24/7. We answer a wide variety of calls from aircraft emergencies, EMS, spills, fires, and confined space to name a few. The firefighters attend the New York State Fire Academy and receive the New York State Municipal Fire Fighter certification. This program is 11 weeks long with multiple written and hands-on exams. Successful completion of the program is required. The firefighters are also trained to the FAA Basic Fire Fighter standards. This consists of multiple exams and hands-on exams. Successful completion of both courses provides the firefighters with their National Certifications. Our staff is also required to possess their New York State Basic Emergency Medical Technician certification.
We are active in the community as well. We host blood drives, a joint open house with our neighbors- Mercy Flight, training opportunities for local Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS personnel.
Our fire station location is located at 120 Amherst Villa Road, Cheektowaga, New York 14225.
We always welcome visitors! We are very proud and dedicated to our profession!!
Chief Billy Major