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Thursday, April 14, 2016  The Chili Fire Department is hosting a informational seminar on April 23 & 24 to coincide with FASNY's annual Recruit NY. It will be held at Chili Fire Department Company #1, 3231 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624. The event will go from 11:00am-4:00pm both days.
The event is for anyone age 14 or older that is interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter. We will have firefighters present to speak with anyone that has any questions about the Chili Fire Department. Those that visit are also invited to try several duties performed by firefighters.
Teenagers that are 14 and finished with the 8th grade are welcome to join our Explorer Program. Anyone 18 or older can join the department to become a firefighter.
Not every firefighter has to go inside burning buildings. We also need members to driver the apparatus and assist in the operations conducted outside as well.
If you cannot visit us that weekend please stop in to any of our firehouses Monday nights at 6:30pm or visit our website for more information. You can contact us at or our Corporate Office at 585-889-2873.
Fire House Locations:
>Company 1 - 3231 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624
>Company 2 - 3310 Union Street, North Chili, NY 14514
>Company 3 - 2856 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624
>Company 4 - 15 Circle Drive, Rochester, NY 14624 




Wednesday, April 6, 2016  Thinking About Volunteering?
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I join?  You can stop in at any firehouse.  Our main firehouse is in Chili Center across from Bill Grays, someone is there 24/7.  Or you may call or email us.  889-2873 or
Can I really do this?  This is a physical job, if you are in good health, most likely you are a good candidate.  The department will provide a mandatory physical at no cost to you.  Applicants must pass this physical.
Do I go into burning houses?  Yes, but there is a series of training that must be completed first.  We have about 1,000 calls in Chili and only a small fraction are actual fires We respond to car accidents, storm related calls, automatic alarms and some medical calls.  There is a ton to do without ever going into a burning building.  Each recruit’s training is monitored to see how they progress and their comfort level before doing anything beyond capabilities.
Do I drive the firetruck?  Eventually, yes.  There is a training program for those that want to drive.
What are the qualifications to join?  You must be 18 years of age and pass the physical.  You will be expected to maintain a certain amount of participation in order to keep skills fresh.  This usually averages about 3 or 4 hours a week.
We do have an explorer program for youth 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade.

Consider Joining the Chili Volunteer Fire Department.
The Chili Fire Department is looking for and training new volunteer firefighters.
Do you have what it takes….most likely you do.

This is what it takes:

Willingness to volunteer time  (A few hours a week)  
We especially need daytime volunteers,
Must pass a department provided physical,
Must complete some basic training,
Maintain annual training and participation level.
What’s in it for you?
Being part of a team,                               Learning new skills,
Helping your neighbor,                           Teaching new skills,
Being part of a solution,                         Giving back to your community.
You will meet some great people and make lifelong friends as well as being involved in your community doing great things!  There is no better way to volunteer your time and get immediate satisfaction from helping others.

How do learn more?  The best way to learn more is to stop down at our firehouse.  We are there every Monday night and Co #1 across from Bill Gray’s is open 24/7.  Call our recruitment team Michael May 750-5199, Paul Miller 794-7859, Jim Mance 305-4077



We are especially looking for members/firefighters that have availability during the daytime.




Thursday, December 3, 2015  The Chili Fire Department would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The Santa Runs start on December 15th. Copy and paste the link below to see when Santa will be in your neighborhood and remember the schedule is dependent on the weather and emergency calls.



Niagara Car Wash

Wednesday, November 4, 2015  On November 4th at approximately 21:40 a call was received for a vacuum machine on fire next to the building located at the Niagara Car Wash located in Chili Center. 4M23 was first on location with an update that the vacuum was on fire and not involving the structure. 4C43 arrived on location confirming the update and held the assignment to the first due engine. 4C43 extinguished the fire with a dry chemical extinguisher and the crew of 4312 overhauled the vacuum machine. Cause appears to be related to gasoline being vacuumed up in to the motor of the unit




Saturday, October 24, 2015  PICTURES BY PAUL BRESCIA




Saturday, October 24, 2015  PICTURES BY PAUL BRESCIA




Thursday, October 22, 2015  Five members from the Chili Fire Department competed in the annual Stair Climb Challenge downtown last Saturday October 17th. Our CFD firefighter Dan Newman took first place by climbing 20 floors in full gear in 3 minutes and 44 seconds. NICE JOB!!




Wednesday, October 21, 2015  Paste the link below to view video.



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