The Cortland Fire Department was originally formed in 1885 and was known as The Cortland Volunteer Fire Company. At this time the department was responsible for most of the northern half of Trumbull County. In 1961 the fire department became known as the Cortland-East Bazetta Fire Department. The fire department still stands where it was originally built, but in 1976 a second station was built on McClearly-Jacoby Road. In 1979 the Cortland Fire Department received their first ambulance which was purchased and donated to the fire department by the Cortland Lions Club. In January, 1995, the fire department became known as the Cortland City Fire Department.
The Cortland City Fire Department currently operates out of their Lattin Street station station responding to nearly 1700 emergencies each year. The full time daily staff of three IAFF firefighter / Paramedics, is supplemented by part time and volunteer crews. The Fire Chief, who is also a paramedic, works day turn on weekdays. The department currently operates a Pierce 75' Ladder truck as the first out unit. This carries not only fire suppression and rescue equipment, but specialized rope rescue equipment. A early 90's Pierce Dash Engine is utilized for city and mutual aid fires, and also carries hydraulic rescue equipment for car accidents.
With over 90% of all emergencies being medical related, prompt and aggressive care is our focus. The Cortland City Fire Department currently operates three ALS Squads and one ALS support unit. These units, staffed with paramedics, provide the residents of Cortland City, and surrounding communities, with the highest level of pre-hospital care available. The Cortland City Fire Department currently transports to all Warren hospitals, as well, Youngstown, Boardman and Western Pennsylvanian facilities on occasion. This allows us to provide more critical patients with specialized care at certain facilities.
Our department is also proud to provide our community with an aggressive fire prevention program in our schools and business. Routine fire inspections and preplanning help prepare our department for future emergencies. The Cortland City Fire Department is also home to a State Accredited EMS Continuing Education Training Center. This center is utilized by EMT's and paramedics from around the area to refresh and review skills and medical concepts.