The career staff is responsible for driving and operating the department's apparatus, as well as conducting fire safety inspections in commercial occupancies and places of public assembly and conducting educational programs for the public.
The department's volunteer firefighters train thousands of hours and respond to hundreds of fire department emergencies within the City each year.
The Chief of the Department also oversees 10 civilian dispatchers, who monitor the City's Enhanced-911 system. The E-911 system allows dispatchers to trace incoming calls in case the caller is incapacitated before giving his/her location. The system also stores valuable information concerning the occupancy, such as hazardous materials stored on site and the location of fire hydrants.
The Nester Hose Company mans one Class A pumper, Engine 1113, a 1991 Pierce.
The C.J. Folger Hook & Ladder Company mans a 2001 Pierce Sky-Arm Quint. Quint 1181 is the first of its kind in New York State.
All three companies share responsibility for Rescue 1171, a 1997 Pierce.
The career staff also uses Utility 1161 when conducting fire safety inspections.