The Office of the Fire Coordinator is staffed by a full-time County Fire Coordinator, also known as the Director of Emergency Services. Oneida County is divided into four zones, and the Fire Coordinator is assisted in executing his duties by five part-time Deputy Fire Coordinators – one for each of the zones and one responsible for Hazardous Materials response operations. By working with the County Health Department, the Fire Coordinator is also assisted by a part-time County EMS Coordinator.
The Fire Coordinator administers the Oneida County Mutual Aid plan. They are not an on-scene commander, and instead assist and advise the local fire officer in the response of the necessary resources to handle a given situation.
- The Fire Coordinator also oversees the operation and maintenance of the County’s Mutual Aid radio system.
- The Fire Coordinator acts as the Regional Fire Administrator upon activation of the New York State Fire Mobilization Plan, organizing local resources and advising the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control on the utilization of those resources.
- The Fire Coordinator’s Office plans, coordinates, and implements Oneida County fire training at the local level with a curriculum developed by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) for the hundreds of firefighters, related governmental officers, and other emergency response personnel in the county. The Fire Coordinator is assisted in providing this OFPC Outreach Program by five local New York State Certified Fire Instructors.
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