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The Olean Fire Department is located in the Southeastern part of Cattaraugus County in Western New York. Our department is a municipal department whose members are on a paid status. We operate out of 2 fire stations that protect a primarily residential area with a large industrial base. We service a population around 14,000 – 15,000. We cover 6 square miles; doing approximately 2800 EMS/Ambulance transports and 1500 Fire/Rescue/EMS calls. The city is an industrial/residential micro-metropolitan community. We have industries such as Dresser/Rand Turbo Division; plastic/epoxy manufacturing, CYTEC & Dexter/Loctite; a knife manufacturing, Cutco/Vector/Alcas/Kabar; Dal-Tile company; bread making, Stroehmans Bakery; and electronic manufacturing. The City was also home to the Corporate Headquarters of Coach USA and currently Cutco/Alcas/Vector/Kabar. The Alleghany River runs through the city at the southern end; and two major Norfolk/Southern lines with a yard terminal run both north to south and east to west. We provide the normal run of EMS/RESCUE/FIRE/HAZ-MAT service to the City and Town of Olean, along with running the Building Codes; Zoning; and Inspectors Department and Emergency Management. The Code Enforcement Division provides fire inspections, building permits, certification of occupancy, demolition permits, plumbing and electrical inspection, fire permits and community education related to all building construction, demolition and rehabilitation to any building or building site in the City of Olean. The Department is administered by the Fire Chief who conducts formal studies, formulates long and short term planning, coordinates allocation of department resources, and manages the Department's 2+ million dollar annual budget.

Our Department consists of the following personnel:

1 Chief
5 Captains
4 Lieutenants
25 Firefighters
3 Code Enforcement Officers

We have 4 Platoons that work 3 days each. Our work schedules are broken down into 9 hour days and 15 hour nights, with each crew working a 24 hour Sunday every 4 weeks. Each week crews rotate between their day shifts and night shifts. There is 1 Officer and 3 firefighters that work out of Central Fire Station and 1 Officer and 2 Firefighters that work out of Fire Station #1.

Central Fire Station – 542 North Union Street

1 Engine (BLS)
1 Aerial Ladder Truck
2 Ambulances (Both Advanced Life Support)

Fire Station #1 – 112 South First Street

2 Engines (1 ALS, 1 Reserve)
1 Ambulance (Advanced Life Support)
1 Rescue Boat

We are members of the New York State Professional Firefighters Association, the International Association of Firefighters (Local 1796), AFL-CIO and the Southwestern Regional Emergency Services.

Today the name Fire Department is an antiquated term. The name should be Emergency Department since Olean’s Bravest stand ready to assist citizens with everything from flooded basements to terrorist attacks. Look over the following list to see if you realized your fire department handles all of these incidents and more.