City of Elmira Fire Department
The Elmira Fire Department is committed to serving the citizens of Elmira in a professional manner. We accomplish this with a highly trained staff prepared for fire response, emergency medical assistance, fire prevention activities, code enforcement, and inspection services. We treat all members of our community with respect and dignity in all of our daily operations.
The Elmira Fire Department provides public safety services to the citizens of
our city. In addition to fire suppression, we also offer fire prevention
education programs to many groups in our community. These fire prevention
programs reach out to business and industry, institutions, schools and target
all age groups. Our code enforcement duties work together with fire prevention
programs to reduce the conditions that can result in loss by fire.
The emergency medical and rescue response we provide has become well known to the residents of Elmira. Each piece of fire apparatus is equipped with basic life support and early defibrillation equipment. Every member of this Fire Department is prepared to deliver highly skilled emergency medical and rescue services whenever they are needed. Our hazardous material emergency spill response unit is the only one of its kind in this section of New York State. We provide this service throughout Chemung County with the cooperation and the assistance of the other fire departments in the county.
When city residents are suddenly confronted with an unexpected emergency, the Fire Department usually represents their only resort in dealing with the situation. Elmira firefighters have made a commitment to education and training to the highest of standards. This helps us to respond and assist citizens facing a true emergency in the most effective manner.
As chief, I am very proud of the interest and dedication exhibited by the personnel of the Elmira Fire Department. I believe their continued enthusiasm has the potential to make this organization one of the finest, most productive and efficient municipal Fire Departments in New York State.
Fire Chief: Patrick Bermingham
Chief Patrick Bermingham is the fourth of five generations in his family to
serve in the Elmira Fire Department. He follows in the footsteps of his
great-grandfather Daniel, his grandfather John, his uncle Thomas, and his father
John. His great grandfather Daniel lost his life in the line of duty in 1939 at
a blaze at State Street and E. Second Street. His son joined the department in
2009, making five generations of Berminghams dedicating their lives to
protecting the City of Elmira in the Fire Department.
Patrick is a graduate of the class of 1975 from Notre Dame High School. After High School, he attended Corning Community College and received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He joined the Elmira Fire Department in 1981 and became an EMT in 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1993. In 2003, Pat was promoted to Captain and then promoted to Deputy Chief in 2005. Pat succeeded Gary Blitz as the 13th Fire Chief of the Elmira Fire Department in June of 2009. He has served as a member of the HazMat Team, completed FDNY's First Line Supervisors School, and attended the WMD Incident Command School in Anniston Alabama.
Off duty Chief Bermingham spends a lot of time with his four grandchildren. He enjoys cooking, reading, gardening and traveling with his wife. He also spends a great deal of time at their cabin hunting and relaxing.
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All Citizens must comply with New York State Codes, the City of Elmira Code of Ordinances, and the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Elmira. This section explains Code Enforcement and offers information on common questions about codes in Elmira including property maintenance, open burning, swimming pools, home businesses, and zoning.
Permits are necessary for any changes to a structure or property in the City. They notify the City of your intention to change a property and they cover the cost of the City’s responsibility to inspect those changes to ensure that they are in compliance with all applicable codes. Use this section to make sure you follow all the steps to get your permit and complete your project according to applicable codes, thereby avoiding costly modifications, delays, and possible fines.
All properties must be maintained to ensure the health and safety of their occupants and the general public. This section includes requirements for common property maintenance issues such as high grass, junk and debris, and utilities maintenance. Use this section to make sure your property remains in compliance with all applicable codes. It also includes information for tenants and landlords.
Rental Housing Registration and
According to the City of Elmira Code of Ordinances, all rental housing in the City of Elmira must be registered by completing the Rental Housing Registration Form and returning it to the City Assessor's Office. After turning in a fully completed registration form, the property is certified to be used as a rental property.
Inspection Services conducts inspections for permits, multiple residence units, and other routine property issues. Find out what to expect from inspections and how they are done.
If you have been issued a code violation citation, find out what you need to do to remedy the situation and get your property back into compliance with codes.
Submit a formal legal complaint against a property in the City of Elmira that is not in compliance with New York State or City of Elmira codes. An inspector will complete an inspection and issue citations for any violations found at the time of inspection. Complaints can be submitted anonymously.
Fire Dept. Directory
EMERGENCY -Dial 911
|Communications Center - (607)
You need FD assistance
File a complaint
|Permit Clerk - (607)
Question about permits
|Inspection Services - (607)
Schedule an inspection
Report a code violation
Inquire about codes
Meet with an inspector
|Administration - (607)
Fire Chief's Office
Policies and Procedures
|Training/Safety Office - (607)
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