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The Cayuga Heights Fire Department was recently featured in the Cornell Daily Sun, illustrating the strong ties that CHFD has with Cornell. Learn more about volunteering with us - no previous experience is necessary!


Be Our Guest October 7

The Annual CHFD Open House will be held on
Saturday, October 7th from 11am-2pm
Come visit your all-volunteer, neighborhood fire department to see and experience what we do. There will be food, truck rides, demonstrations, and more!
This family-friendly event is free and open to our entire community. We hope to see you there!







Join our team! Find out more

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department will hold its next recruit class in Fall 2017. No prior experience is necessary!

Mark your calendars for the info dinner at 7pm on September 21. Email membership@chfd.net to RSVP and to provide us with your contact information. We will send further details upon hearing from you. Please include your local address and some basic information about yourself in your email.


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MVA on Warren Road: 06/17/17

On the wee hours of Saturday morn, CHFD was dispatched for a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) on Warren Rd. Engine 203 and Rescue 241 were en route at 01:30 and arrived a minute later to find a blue sedan flipped upside down, crashed into a parked Subaru. No occupants were found in either vehicles. The driver had self-extricated from the automobile and police were on scene assessing. After being evaluated by EMS, the patient declined transport. Sadly, a flower garden mauled from the incident was beyond assistance.


Mutual Aid to Varna for Barn Fire: 06/15/17

On Wednesday evening at 19:59, CHFD was dispatched mutual aid for a fully involved barn fire in the Mt. Pleasant area of Varna. Engine 203 responded with a full crew at 20:03, followed by Engine 202 with a full crew a few minutes later. Engine 203 arrived on scene to assist with fire suppression while Engine 202 established water supply at the Varna FD to set up a tanker refill site. CHFD personnel were deployed for over four hours along with units from 8 other fire departments.


Water Rescue at Fall Creek 06/12/17

On Monday evening at 21:11, CHFD was dispatched for a 17-year old female who fell in Fall Creek and struck her face. Engine 202, Rescue 241, and Command 264 was en route in less than two minutes, arriving on scene to find two subjects stranded on a rock in the middle of the stream bed. CHFD executed rope rescue operations and made contact with the subjects. Both were safely transported back to shore where they were evaluated by Bangs Ambulance. Cornell EHS was also on scene.


From a grateful fire company to a supportive community: Thank you for making our 2017 yard sale a success!

We will be better able to succeed in our mission because of your generosity!


The David Openshaw Commemorative Yard Sale: June 17

The Cayuga Heights Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, June 17, from 9AM-4PM. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the fire company such as community CPR, fire prevention education, and public outreach.

Doing some spring cleaning? We are seeking your unused items that can find a second life in a new home. Donations are tax deductible and are being accepted at the Cayuga Heights fire station (194 Pleasant Grove Road) until June 14. We can meet you at our firehouse to accept donations during the following times (unless we're at a fire):

-Weekends 9 AM to 9PM
-Everyday 2 PM to 4 PM, 6 PM to 9 PM

Please email us if you would like to stop by at an alternate time. We can also arrange for pickup of large or bulky donations: email us at yardsale@chfd.net or call 607-257-2377

We may not be able to accept all donations - please call or email ahead with any questions. All items should be in good, functional condition.

Thank you for supporting your local Volunteer Fire Company!






Concord Place Fire: March 18

At 10:24 p.m. on Friday, March 17, the Cayuga Heights Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on Concord Place in the Town of Ithaca after a neighbor reported seeing flames coming from a residence.

The first arriving units found the attached garage engulfed in flames, with fire beginning to spread to the rest of the two-story, single-family home. After being informed that no one was inside, firefighters made an interior attack from the front door to knock down the fire. Crews operating on the second floor found fire in the attic, which required pulling down ceiling in order to reach and extinguish.

The fire was brought under control in an hour, though crews remained on scene until 5:00 a.m. The garage was destroyed, and the second story was heavily damaged. A total of 26 Cayuga Heights firefighters responded, with mutual aid provided by the Lansing, Ithaca, and Dryden Fire Departments. There were no injuries. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is investigating the cause of the fire.


No tricks - just treats with CHFD: October 31

Look for your friendly neighborhood firefighters in Cayuga Heights this Halloween as we get into the festive spirit! We'll be strategically located around the district, looking for all ghouls and goblins.


See you next year!

Thank you for stopping by our open house and learning more about your all-volunteer community fire department. We had a huge turnout and greatly appreciate those who helped make the event possible:
Bangs Ambulance, Cayuga Heights DPW, Cayuga Heights Police Department, Cornell Naval ROTC, Finger Lakes Wrecker Service, New York State Police, Newfield Fire Company, Thayer Appliance, Tompkins County SWAT Team, and Ben Weitsman & Son Inc.


CHFD Open House: October 1

The Annual CHFD Open House will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 11am-2pm.
Come visit your all-volunteer, neighborhood fire department to see and experience what we do. There will be food, truck rides, demonstrations, and more!
This family-friendly event is free and open to our entire community. We hope to see you there!


Volunteer With Us! Find out more

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department is currently seeking dedicated volunteer firefighters and EMTs. No prior experience is necessary! An information dinner will be held on September 22 at 7pm. Email membership@chfd.net to RSVP and to provide us with your contact information. We will send further details upon hearing from you. Please include your local address and some basic information about yourself in your email.


Ithaca.com Feature: August 17

Check out our recent feature in The Ithaca Times. As you're reading the piece, please consider volunteering with us. We are currently recruiting for our fall 2016 class.


Vehicle Fire: August 4

Engines 202 and 203 responded to a vehicle fire this evening. Crews arrived on scene to find a well involved van that was pulling a boat. A quick knockdown saved the boat. .


203: The Old and the New

CHFD is pleased to announce that we have recently acquired a 2016 KME Rescue Engine to replace our 2001 Pierce Pumper. We have high hopes that the new engine will allow us to serve the community even better than before.


Dryden Mutual Aid: June 19

Engines 202 responded mutual aid to Dryden for a structure fire in a large mixed occupancy building. Six departments from Tompkins and Cortland counties were on scene for several hours.


Gas Main Rupture: April 13

Engines 202 and 203 responded to a major gas main break at Salem and Birchwood. Hand lines were deployed to mitigate any potential hazards.


Mutual Aid to the Power Plant: April 6

CHFD's 202 and 231 responded alongside multiple agencies to a large fire at the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing. Crews assisted with suppression and overhaul. Neptune Hose Co #1 of Dryden Inc. covered CHFD's station for the duration of the call.
For the Lansing Star article on this incident, click here.
For the Ithaca Journal article on this incident, click here.


Brooktondale Brush Fire: March 7

CHFD responded mutual aid to Brooktondale for a Brush fire. CHFD would like to remind residents that a residential burn ban remains in effect in Tompkins County until May 14


Become a Firefighter! Join our Team

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department is currently seeking dedicated volunteers. An information dinner will be held on February 25 at 7pm. Email membership@chfd.net to RSVP and to provide us with your contact information. We will send further details upon hearing from you. Please include your local address and some basic information about yourself in your email.


Remembering Josh Weissman: February 9

We take time today to remember our fallen brother who was killed in the line of duty four years ago today. Rest easy Josh.


Graham Road Fire: January 31

CHFD was requested mutual aid to Lansing last night for an apartment fire. 202 arrived followed shortly by 231 to find heavy fire blowing out the windows on both floors of the fire apartment. Crews stretched lines and made an aggressive interior attack. The fire had extended in a cock-loft to the neighboring four apartments requiring extensive overhaul and mop up. 203 and 242 assisted with manpower. Crews were on scene for over 5 hours.
Lansing Fire Department Inc., CHFD, Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance responded. Thanks to the Varna Fire Department for covering our station during the course of the night.
For the Lansing Star article on this incident, click here.
For the Ithaca Voice article on this incident, click here.


Route 13 Car Fire: January 25

Early in the evening Engine 202 and the Rescue 241 responded on a car accident turned vehicle fire. The engine arrived on scene to find one vehicle fully involved. The company made a quick knock down. Bangs Ambulance transported one patient with minor injuries.


Newfield House Fire: January 18 '16

202 responded mutual aid to Newfield in the afternoon for a working structure fire. The crew assisted with overhaul and mop up.
For the Ithaca Voice article on this incident, click here.


Heavy Smoke and Fire: December 18

CHFD was dispatched on an automatic fire alarm in the evening. Engine 202 and 261 arrived on scene to find a heavy smoke condition in the basement. Additional resources were requested: 203, Ithaca Fire Department's Engine 9 and Engine 1, and an engine from Lansing Fire Department Inc responded. Fire was contained to a corner in the basement.
We are grateful for the assistance of our mutual aid departments and CHPD.


No tricks - just treats with CHFD: October 31

Look for your friendly neighborhood firefighters in Cayuga Heights this Halloween as we get into the festive spirit! We'll be strategically located around the district, looking for all ghouls and goblins.


See you next year!

Foreboding clouds could not keep people away from the Annual CHFD Open House. Thank you for stopping by and learning more about your all-volunteer community fire department. We greatly appreciate those who helped with the event to make it possible:
Bangs Ambulance, Cayuga Heights Police Department, Finger Lakes Wrecker Service, New York National Guard, Thayer Appliance, and Ben Weitsman & Son Inc.


CHFD Open House: October 3

The Annual CHFD Open House will be held on Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-2pm.
Come visit your all-volunteer, neighborhood fire department to see and experience what we do. There will be food, truck rides, demonstrations, and more!
This family-friendly event is free and open to our entire community. We hope to see you there!


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Volunteer With Us! Find out more

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department is currently seeking dedicated volunteers. An information dinner will be held on September 18 at 7pm. Email membership@chfd.net to RSVP and to provide us with your contact information. We will send further details upon hearing from you. Please include your local address and some basic information about yourself in your email.


Chapter House Fire: April 14, '15

Early in the morning at around 4:30pm, CHFD was requested mutual-aid by IFD to the scene of a multi house fire on the 400 block of Stewart Avenue, in the City of Ithaca. Engine 202 and Truck 231, with full crews, assisted IFD with fire suppression throughout the morning.
Working alongside members of the Ithaca Fire Department and Lansing Fire Department, firefighters managed to prevent the spread of the fire to dangerously exposed neighboring buildings.
The fire was declared knocked-down later in the morning, and the last Cayuga Heights unit cleared the scene around 10:15am.
For the Ithaca Journal article on this incident, click here.
For the Ithaca Voice article on this incident, click here.