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Fire Department


The City of Lackawanna Fire Division is dedicated to preventing or minimizing the loss of life and property from fire, and natural and man-made emergencies.  The fire department strives to improve the quality of life through public education and the prevention of fire, and, with the resources available, provide a fire suppression force capable of handling emergencies, which may include structural fire fighting, pre-hospital medical care, and response to hazardous materials incidents.

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Fire Chief Ralph Galanti

1630 Abbott Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218

General Information: 716.823.0211
Fax: 716.821.0167

Fire Chief
Ralph Galanti
Office: (716)827-6437

Municipal Training Officer
Captain Jeff Palczewski
Office: (716)827-6436

Fire Marshall
Bill Tojek
Cell: (716)245-9383

Safety Message

Prevent Kitchen Fires With Cooking Range Safety

By: Aaron Baer Harsha

Every year houses burn down because of kitchen fires. If you are well prepared and practice proper kitchen safety, however, you won’t ever find your house among them.

Invest In Fire Extinguishers
The most important action you can take to prevent kitchen fires can be done before even setting foot in a kitchen. Buy a fire extinguisher. No matter how safe you are, accidents happen, and it’s best to be prepared. Keep it in a cabinet near the stove where it is easily accessible to anyone, even your kids. Make sure every member of the house, even your husband who never cooks, knows its location so that they can respond quickly in the case of an emergency.

It may be a smart idea to have both a class A and B extinguisher. Class A is designed for everyday flammable materials, such as paper or wood, or a burnt roast, while Class B is designed for grease fires. If you attempt to put out a grease fire with water or most Class A extinguishers, you will only spread the flame, making it even more dangerous.

Controlling A Kitchen Fire
If you find you’re ever in the kitchen when a fire breaks out and you don’t have a fire extinguisher, do not panic. Quickly assess the situation. If the fire is large and spreading, alert everybody in the house and quickly evacuate. If the fire is small and contained, you have many options. If it’s a grease fire in a pan, simply cover it with the lid, and the flame will suffocate. If you do not have a lid easily accessible, smother it with salt, baking powder or any other similar ingredient you have readily available. For small non-grease fires, just douse with water. If the fire is in the oven, close the door, and turn off the heat. This will quickly and effectively put it out.

Watch Out For Appliances
Be cautious of how many appliances you have plugged in at once. Many kitchen appliances such as blenders, food processors and stand mixers use a great deal of energy. Plugging them into the same sockets and running them all at once could either blow a fuse or result in an electrical fire. Use proper judgment, and you should be fine.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Lastly, make sure your kitchen is clean. If you have random rags or paper towels hanging around your stove, you are asking for trouble. Puddles of grease or greasy residue that accumulates in your vent hood or any other nook and cranny it can find in your kitchen is also bad news. A properly cleaned kitchen is a far safer cooking environment than dirty one.

Many people take for granted the inherent danger of working with fire in the kitchen. As long as you are well prepared and keep your area clean, you should be fine, but always stay alert. Once a fire gets going, it moves quickly.

More Information

Fire Department Programs

After the Fire – Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact. The purpose of this booklet is to give you the information needed to assist you as you begin rebuilding your life.

After the Fire Guidebook

Residential Knox Box Loan Program – What happens during an emergency when you can’t come to the door due to a medical or physical aliment? The Lackawanna Fire Department has purchased a limited number of residential Knox-Boxes to be loaned out to our residents in need. With a residential Knox-Box in place, the Fire Department will be able to let themselves in if you are having a medical emergency instead of having to force entry or wait for a key holder.

What is a Knox Box?                                                    Residential Knox Box Loan Application

Medical File Program – Picture this- your loved one is having a medical emergency and the fire department is on the way.  When we arrive, this person is incoherent or even unconscious.  Does he have an existing medical condition?  Is he on any medications?  Is he allergic to anything?  In the midst of a life threatening emergency, these questions become critical. 

Medical File Program                   Medical File Form

Fire Prevention

How can I better prepare for an emergency?  Please press on the link below and visit


How to Prepare for an Emergency


Can I use a Fire Pit or Chiminea outside on my patio?  No, city ordinance prohibits the open burning of wood or other products within city limits.


City of Lackawanna Open Burning Law


Lackawanna Professional Firefighters, Local 3166
US Fire Administration
Erie County Division of Fire Safety
Disaster Recovery Planning
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Fire Career Information