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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.

We hope you find the material on this site informative and thank you for taking the time to visit.


Fire Chief Ralph Galanti

Fire Department

1630 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218
General Information: 716.823.0211
Fax: 716.821.0167

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

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

Safety Message

Heating Fire Safety

Each winter the high cost of home heating fuels and utilities causes many Americans to search for alternate sources of home heating. The use of wood burning stoves is growing and space heaters are selling rapidly. Fireplaces are burning wood and man-made logs. All these methods of heating may be acceptable. They are however, a major contributing factor in home fires.

Many of these fires can be prevented. You can prevent the loss of life and property resulting from heating fires by being able to identify potential hazards and following a few safety tips:

  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning heating equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Only purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
  • Allow wood stove and fireplace ashes to cool before disposing of them in a tightly covered metal container. Keep the container at least 10 feet away from your home.

Portable Heaters

An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 70 deaths, 150 injuries and $53 million in property loss.

Only two percent of heating fires in homes involve portable heaters; however, portable heaters are involved in 45 percent of all fatal heating fires in homes!

You can prevent a portable heater fire in your home this winter by following a few fire safety steps:

  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Keep anything that can burn such as bedding, clothing and curtains at least three feet away.
  • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory and with an automatic shut-off so that if they tip over, they shut off.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

Follow the links below for 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