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Deserie Quiñones
· February 12, 2017
I'm extremely thankful to the firemen, who quite often, have to come to our building when the fire alarm goes off, and they arrive very quickly.

I baked a special batch of cookies just for them. I ha...d left them behind in my apartment when leaving the other day, but behold, as I returned home the fire alarm went off, so I was able to give them their cookies. I hope you all enjoyed them See More
Betsy Herrington
· June 23, 2017
Thank you for responding so quickly to the fire alarm at our building yesterday, and taking care of business smoothly and with good humor. You put us all at ease.
Caroline Bruder
· October 21, 2014
This is a great department! We had a false alarm and they came to our rescue to turn off the alarm and make sure everyone was safe and sound! So amazing! Everyone was very nice and did their jobs! Tha...nk you so much! Next time I come up I'd love to go on a ride along! See More
Tom Cannon
· June 13, 2017
Thank you for your response to my call Hectorst wires down due to high loadon a truck,Great crew IFD,AndIPD,stay safe�
Jean McPheeters
July 23, 2012
Thanks to the IFD for the quick response this morning to the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. Luckily, it seems that it was only a dirty smoke detector going off, but it's great to know that you' always there for us. See More
Jane Marie Law
· January 11, 2014
Terrific people. If we could get a better handle on volunteer needs and where ego go, my family and I would be happy to come help moving sandbags in our truck.
Cheryl McGraw
· January 9, 2014
Thanks to the crews who stopped by my house on Lincoln Street repeatedly to check on me and help me pump out water during the recent flooding.
Troy Yocum
July 15, 2012
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Set a goal, register for FREE and inspire people to help military families and families of fallen firefight...ers. Go to to sign up. See More
Kate Dubin
· May 1, 2014
Thanks to Beth and Matt for installing my grandson's car seat. We are good (and safe) to go!!
Lara Pollica
· May 4, 2015
Happy International Firefighters Day. Thank you for your service to our community.
David C. Russell
· April 25, 2016
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Leigh Anne Lagoe
October 19, 2012
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Firefighters extinguished a boat fire in the Cayuga Inlet on Monday. The small motor boat, moored to the wall near Kelly’s Dockside restaurant in the City of Ithaca, was a total loss. Ithaca Fire Department arson investigators and Ithaca Police are investigating the fire.
!DOWNED POWER LINES ARE DANGEROUS! Video captured by a resident on North Cayuga Street in the City of Ithaca

Heads Up! Be Aware of Your Surroundings!

The number of pedestrians injured from being distracted while using cell phones has more than doubled since 2004. A recent report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association provides statistics on the growing problem:

• 54% of adult cell phone users have run into something or someone while distracted by their devices...
• Nearly half of the pedestrians crossing at busy intersections do so while engaged in distracting activities
• 40% of teens have been injured or nearly injured by a car, motorcycle, or bike, and the risk doubles when they are distracted by cellular devices.
• In the case of students, one in five high schoolers and one in eight middle schoolers cross the street while distracted

While emergency rooms already see more than 2,000 patients annually due to distracted walking injuries, the problem is only getting worse as we see more and more features — and potential distractions — added to our phones.
Death and injury for something so trivial seems like a cruel joke, but it’s a punchline being delivered with increasing frequency in our daily lives. Most of us don’t even think about the potential dangers as we turn our eyes away from our physical environment to focus — even briefly — on our virtual one.
The risk simply isn’t worth a few moments of difference in the time it takes you to “like” something. Look up….the world is all around you!

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Exam Date: Sat April 21st 2018
Application Deadline: Thu March 8th 2018
Who May Apply: Residents of Tompkins County

Contact: City of Ithaca Human Resources/Civil Service...
(607) 274-6539 for applications

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Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches
are expected.


From 4 AM to 10 PM EST Wednesday. Steady snow is first
expected to develop between 5 and 7 AM. The heaviest snowfall
rates, at times 1 to 2 inches per hour, should occur between
roughly 9 AM and 4 PM. Snow should end by early evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,
including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Be prepared
for significant reductions in visibility at times.

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Ithaca Firefighters train in all conditions to prepare for any emergency.

Here, rescuers work their way through thin ice to practice skills we hope to never have to use, but are ready if we do.

Your Local Firefighters, Trained for Whatever Emergency May Arise

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Garrett Morgan and his inventions have saved countless lives.

Another fire that could have been worse happened in Ithaca Monday.

A pet, left alone at home, tried to hop up on the counter and accidentally turned a stove burner on. The activated burner then caught a cutting board on fire and filled the apartment full of smoke.
The Ithaca Fire Department responded and kept the fire from being worse.


No people or pets were hurt this time, but please remember:

• Keep stove tops clear of any combustible materials (papers, rags, boxes, etc)
• Don’t store anything on top of the stove
• Make sure pets and children don’t have access to stoves when unattended

Another close call was averted, but please take time to check your stove tops and clear any debris, and be sure to keep pets and children away from the stove! If you do have an emergency, call 911 and get everyone out!

We are your local Firefighters, protecting the City and Town of Ithaca, helping you and your family stay safe!

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A recent fire in Ithaca was determined to be caused by an improperly used “Hot Plate”. Luckily, no one was injured and the sprinkler and fire alarm system worked as designed. A quick response from Firefighters kept the fire from spreading, and while there was damage, it could have been far worse.

Most colleges, apartment owners and rental agencies have regulations and prohibited items that they don’t want being used in their buildings. The Property Maintenance Code of New... York State section 403.2 states:
"… cooking shall not be permitted in any rooming unit or dormitory unit, and a cooking facility or appliance shall not be permitted to be present in the rooming unit or dormitory unit.”

Cooking and Heating are the leading causes of fires in our country and following manufactures recommendations, room use policies and using common sense can go a long way towards fire safety.

Among many items listed as “Prohibited” in most college’s Residential Life Policies and apartment leases are:

• Electric fry pans, hot plates, hot pots.
• Extension cords, multi-plug adapters, non-surge protected power strips, dimmer switches.
• Halogen lamps, lava lamps, sun lamps, heat lamps.
• Electric blankets, space heaters.

They are listed as “Prohibited” for good reason. These items, if not used properly can, and have, caused fires in our area.
A few tips from the Ithaca Fire Department to keep you, your roommates and neighbors safe are:

• Be sure any appliances you buy or use are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed. Don’t use cheap knock offs!
• Don’t use electric fry pans, hot plates, hot pots in your room.
• Extension cords are meant for temporary use. Don’t use them as a permanent means for getting electricity somewhere.
• Don’t use non-surge protected power strips, and don’t “daisy chain” one strip to another, to another.
• Any heating or heavy draw appliance should be plugged directly into an outlet, not a strip or extension cord.
• Be cautious when using electric blankets, space heaters, halogen lamps, lava lamps, etc. Always follow manufactures recommendations and don’t drape anything combustible over or near them.

Finally, when in doubt, check with your landlord, Resident Assistant or electrician about the use of an electrical appliance. While the device may be new, and UL listed, the building may have older wiring, that was never designed to handle large electrical loads, and could cause a fire.

Follow these simple rules to keep you, your roommates and neighbors safe. For more information and safety tips, follow the Ithaca Fire Department on Facebook.

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Ithaca Fire Department added 5 new photos — with Dylan Watros.

High Rise Fire Brought Under Control at Ithaca College

A working sprinkler system and early detection kept a room fire at Ithaca College from spreading.
Just before 9:00 am Thursday morning, Ithaca Firefighters were called to the Ithaca College campus for a fire alarm activation on the 10th floor of the East Tower.


Ithaca College Safety Personnel reported heavy smoke in the hallway and a sprinkler activation on the 10th floor. Students were evacuating the building to the Towers parking lot with temperatures in the teens.

Ithaca Firefighters arrived and entered the building to search for anyone still inside, while others stretched hose lines from the stand pipe to the fire. Crews checked all floors to ensure the students were out, and began to control the water from the fire suppression efforts.

No one was injured in the blaze and students were moved into the Towers dinning hall to keep warm. While there was significant damage to the room, the fire was contained and did not spread to any other rooms. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.

Fire Officials credit the working sprinkler and fire alarm system as well as the quick work by first responders for the positive outcome. Early notification and quick responses keep these potentially serious events, from turning tragic.

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Ithaca Fire crews are operating in the East Tower on the Ithaca College Campus for a room fire. Avoid the area.

Ithaca Fire Department updated their cover photo.
January 21
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The City of Ithaca has announced that we will be offering a Firefighter Entry Level exam on April 21st 2018.

Who May Apply: Residents of Tompkins County

Contact: City of Ithaca Human Resources/Civil Service...
(607) 274-6539 for applications

We are not currently accepting applications, this is just to advise of the date for scheduling, however Interested people can sign up for the notification service and/or check back in February regarding the exam.

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Stay Informed / Get Notified

Follow us here on Facebook and Twitter and

Download the Swift 911 app for free...
and know about alerts, emergencies, and other community events in the Ithaca area.

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Ithaca Fire Fighters teamed up with the Water & Sewer Dept. to help relieve ice build up in Cascadilla Creek.

Backing up ice was causing flooding at Ithaca High School and the Fall Creek neighborhoods.

Donning ice rescue suits, four members of IFD stretched three hundred feet of hose to help circulate warm water over the ice to help free up the blockage.


The move seems to have worked well, as the creek is down two feet and flowing now.

Keep checking your basements and assist neighbors as needed.

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Its with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to retired City of Ithaca Firefighter Ralph J. Durling.

Ralph passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 9, 2018 in Ocala, Florida.

Born Feb 27, 1927, Ralph started working at IFD on May 6, 1962...
and after 24 years of service to the Ithaca community, he retired on May 11, 1986.

Ralph was also the custodian for Temple Beth El in Ithaca.

Quite an athlete in his younger years. Ralph played fast-pitch softball and stared on the Friday night Fireman's bowling league up at Ides (East Hill where the drug store is now).

Ralph was a pioneer of EMS at the Ithaca Fire Department helping to start the EMT program with a few others back in 1979.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Durling family as we say, for one last time, thank you and goodbye, to Firefighter Ralph Durling.

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