Massena Fire Department

village of massena fire department-BANNERThe Fire Department has been an integral part of the Massena community for over 100 years. The Massena Fire Department is a combination Career/Volunteer Fire Department comprised of 9 Career Firefighters and 52 Volunteer Firefighters. The Massena Fire Station is located at 34 Andrews Street, and is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the Career Firefighters.

All Career Firefighters are graduates of the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, New York. In addition Career Firefighters receive a minimum of 100 hours of in-service training annually. The career crew is comprised of a Foreman and 8 members of the Massena Permanent Firefighters, Local #2220, an affiliate member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

The Career Firefighters are also responsible for Code Enforcement in the Village and Town of Massena. This allows both the Town and Village of Massena to have an effective, professional, and cost saving approach to Code Enforcement. The Career staff provides Code Enforcement Officers and Building Safety Inspectors Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm, and Emergency Code Enforcement 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Volunteers of the Massena Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. are led by one Chief, two Assistant Chiefs, three Captains, three Lieutenants, and are an affiliate member of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York. All Volunteer Firefighters have various amounts and levels of training ranging from Interior Attack, Fire Suppression, Command, Scene Support Operations, and other training principles.

Recently the Village of Massena Fire Department achieved an ISO rating(PPC) of 4, one of only two in St. Lawrence County to receive this high a rating, along with Ogdensburg Fire. The ISO rates municipalities on a scale of 1 to 10. An ISO Class 10 rating is considered the least effective fire defense while an ISO class 1 rating is the most effective fire defense system. Only 12% of fire departments in the United States have a class rating higher than Massena Fire. Most U.S. insurers, including the largest ones, use these ratings as part of their decision making when deciding what coverage to offer, and prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance. According to the ISO the price of fire insurance in a community with a good Public Protection Classification(“PPC”) grade is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC grade”.

The Massena Fire Department serves approximately 12,900 citizens, providing fire and emergency protection to both the Town and Village of Massena. The Massena Fire Departments protection area consists of approximately 57 square miles, 7,500 housing units, as well as 14 Churches, the St. Lawrence Center Mall, Harte Haven shopping center, Massena Arena, and other local businesses, and various civic complexes. The Massena Fire Department is also responsible for protecting critical infrastructure located within the protection area. This infrastructure includes: