Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896

Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896


Huge thank you to everyone who donated and helped the City of Batavia Firefighters Local 896 toy drive this year! Today we delivered all the toys to the Batavia Community Schools location. Happy Holidays!
Few more hours to catch us out at Tops Friendly Markets in Batavia ringing for the The Salvation Army USA. We will be out here until 6pm
Today local 896 is out at Tops Friendly Markets in Batavia ringing bells to raise money for The Salvation Army USA. Stop by and donate if you can!
City Batavia Firefighters Local 896 will be collecting toys for kids in the Batavia area this holiday season. This is the second year joining forces with Batavia Community Schools in this effort. Gifts can be dropped off at City Fire Headquarters on 18 Evan St. until 5 PM on Dec. 21st.  We will be hoping to provide for kids of all ages. Thank you for your continued support.
Today two students at the Jackson Primary won bikes that were donated by the City of Batavia Fire Department, NY and the City of Batavia Police Department, NY for "Spooktacular" behavior. Congratulations to the kids and hope you enjoy the bikes!
This Saturday at the City of Batavia Fire Department, NY
Less than one month to register for the NYS EMT Original/Refresher Course being put on by the City of Batavia Fire Department, NY. To register or for questions contact Robert Tedford (585) 345-6400 ext. 5356 or at [email protected]

Questions or comments can be directed to
Chris Morasco, President Local 896

Email:[email protected]

Photos from Rochester Fire Fighters Local 1071's post 09/22/2022

Local 896 is keeping our brothers & sisters of the Rochester Fire Dept. in our thoughts today as they mourn the loss of one of their members.

In memoriam FF Elvis Reyes.

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 09/15/2022


Did you know the City of Batavia maintains a technical rope rescue team?

Our Special Ops cover many different disciplines, including rope rescue, ensuring whatever the emergency may be the City of Batavia is prepared to respond.

Last night City of Batavia joined Genesee County ESU training at Indian Falls practicing several evolutions that would require a technical rescue. Evolutions included rescuing a patient from over a ledge, repelling medics to treat/assess the patient, packaging the patient and removing the patient from the hazard.

Genesee County Emergency Management Services



Bus v Car


Car and bus collided

A car and a school bus collided on Ellicott street and Clifton avenue in the 7am hour on Tuesday morning.

Unknown on injuries or if anyone transported.

(Submitted photo)



2nd Platoon

City Engine 11 dispatched as FAST Team for the reported apartment fire


The IAFF will never forget the 343 FDNY members who lost their lives during the worst terrorist attack in American history. We will always remember the families of our fallen, including the members who have succumbed to World Trade Center related illnesses. #911


Community Connect

Community Connect is a secure, easy to use platform that allows residents to share critical information about their household in order to aid first responders and emergency service personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively; ultimately resulting in better incident outcomes.

In addition to the residential portal, Community Connect also helps business owners and managers keep people at their commercial properties safe by giving First Responders access to critical documents such as evacuation procedures, occupant rosters, hazardous material lists and more. Additionally, designated contacts at properties that joined the program will receive immediate alerts via text message when First Responders are dispatched to the building address.

Community Connect is completely voluntary and residents are individually able to decide which information they are comfortable sharing. Residents simply create a profile and enter critical property and occupant information which is then made available to public safety agencies at the time of dispatch. Data provided by residents within Community Connect is 100% secure and is used only for the purpose of better serving the resident during emergency situations.

To learn more about the program and to create your profile, please watch the video and visit:


Reminder class begins Monday 9/12, if interested contact Lt. Tedford ASAP.


NYS EMT-B Original/Refresher Course



Structure Fire

City Engine 11 FAST Team dispatched to 6972 Swamp Rd, Byron for the reported fully involved mobile home fire.



Water Rescue

3rd Platoon

E11, L15, R14 dispatched to kayak flipped in the water, person poss still in kayak, at DeWitt Recreation Area.

UPDATE: CBFD arrived on scene, located kayaker on the beach located on the island. City Fire set up boat operation to assist the stranded kayaker off the island. The Kayaker was evaluated by Mercy EMS.



NYS EMT-B Original/Refresher Course


Don’t forget to come out and see us at the City of Batavia Police Department, NY Community Night this evening from 5:30-8:00pm!!!

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 08/05/2022

Today August 5th we honor & remember Captain Loren Michel who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his service.

On Thursday August 5, 1965 at 2:57pm the City of Batavia Fire Department received several calls reporting a fire at 402 Bank Street. Captain Loren Michel was in charge that day and entered the home without a mask, a common practice in 1965. According to the Batavia Daily News, Chief Brocker said that Captain Michel had suffered minor burns to his chest.

After Captain Michel exited the house he sat under a tree as Firefighter Frank Huburt gave him some oxygen. Wilbur H. Hinz of Alexander who had been president of the Western New York Volunteer Fireman's Association and close friend arrived and offered to take Captain Michel back to the station to rest. While on the way back to the station Captain Michel thought he should go to the hospital for some more oxygen.

Upon his arrival at Genesee Memorial Hospital Captain Michel walked in under his own power and asked Hinz to tell his wife that he had gotten a little smoke and would be home in a little while and not to worry. By the time Hinz had returned to the hospital Captain Loren Michel had died of his injuries.

Captain Loren J. Michel was born in Batavia March 22, 1911 and received permanent appointment to the Fire Department on February 1, 1941. He was promoted to Captain on April 1, 1962. As reported in the Batavia Daily News on August 6, 1965 Captain Michel was the "best known city fireman in Genesee County". In March of 1965 the Captain was named "Fireman of the Year" and honored for 17 years of service as a mutual aid instructor for Genesee County. At the time of his death Captain Michel was survived by his wife Ruth and daughter Carol.

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 07/25/2022

Defending Battle of the Badge champs Local 896 City Fire were victorious last evening against Batavia City PD. The final score of the softball game was 18-13 City Fire.

Special thanks to all the fans who stayed after the Batavia Muckdogs to watch our annual softball game.

In addition to the game L896 and City of Batavia Police Department, NY held a 50/50 raising $355 for the David McCarthy Memorial Foundation. Thank you all who donated!


Battle of the Badges Charity Softball Game. City of Batavia PD VS. FD.
City Of Batavia Police Officer Association and Firefighters Association will be doing a 50/50 to raise money for the Dave McCarthy Foundation
Please join us!

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 07/04/2022

Happy Independence Day! 🎆

📸 E11 illuminated by fireworks in MacArthur Park during firework stand by for Batavia Muckdogs


Beautiful day in downtown Batavia for the Batavia Ramble! Music continues til 9:30 tonight.

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 06/30/2022

Local 896 Vice President Sean Huggins attended IAFF's Partnership Education Program (PEP) which “provides affiliate leaders with the training needed to develop their leadership skills and to stay abreast of the latest advancements in labor relations.”

Attendees listened to IAFF leaders from across New York and New Jersey, including addresses from Edward A. Kelly IAFF General President and Frank Lima - IAFF GST.

L896 VP Huggins attended work sessions on Discipline: Your Rights & Responsibilities as Union Officers, Duty of Fair Representation, Intro to Grievances and Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Special thanks to Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 for the hospitality and hosting of this year's 1st district PEP program.


Congratulations & welcome to Erik Fix to the city!


Local 896 Vice President Sean Huggins is in attendance at IAFF's PEP Event in Buffalo, NY.

In Buffalo NY with the International Association of Fire Fighters First District and New York State Professional Firefighters Association - NYSPFFA and New Jersey Firefighters PFANJ discussing how our members investment in their union is working to help fire fighters.

Thank you all for the work you are doing everyday to


Overnight the 2nd Platoon was active with 6 calls for service including this MVA on South Jackson.



Motor vehicle accident reported

City Fire and Mercy Medic 3 are responding to 305 S. Jackson street for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries.

Possible vehicle into a house.

Four subjects reportedly ran from the vehicle.

Photos from Video News Service's post 06/18/2022

Thank you to everyone who donated yesterday. The kindness and generosity of Batavia is what makes working in Batavia so special! This year's preliminary count is $8725.50 raised between today and the MDA traveling boots.


Big thanks to TVFCU (Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union) for assisting with the Fill the Boot drive as they waived the coin machine fee.

City of Batavia Fighters are out collecting for Fill the Boot to raise money for MDA


If you're driving through Batavia today you will see us out in the streets doing the MDA fill the boot. We will be out here until 1:30 this afternoon. You will also have the chance to see retiring Captain Greg Ireland!



Today's the day!

Look for Local 896 out at Ellicott and court as well as Court and main collecting donations for the MDA today!

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 06/13/2022

City of Batavia Firefighters IAFF Local 896 is happy to announce the return of our Fill the Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

After a two-year break due to COVID we are bringing back our annual boot drive. On Friday, June 17, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. Local 896 members will once again be out in the areas of Court Street and Main Street as well as Court Street and Ellicott Street to collect donations for the MDA.

Photos from City of Batavia Fire Department, NY's post 06/04/2022

Photos from City of Batavia Fire Department, NY's post


Happy National Donut Day! Thank you to Dunkin' Donuts in Batavia for dropping us off some treats!


Retired member Dick Hartman shared this archived photo of Local 896 basketball team in the '70s. L896 played basketball games regularly against our colleagues from BPD, although official scores are unknown L896 has been assured of our many victories against our brothers in blue.

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 05/31/2022

After 23 years of service to the City of Batavia Sunday night Capt Greg Ireland worked his last shift before retirement. Greg has been employed with the city since 1999, promoted to Firefighter in 2002, promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 and promoted lastly to Captain in 2018.

Greg's tenure at CBFD included countless EMT classes instructed, fire prevention programs conducted, establishing the first ever FD location in NYS of the PAARI program (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative), MDA boot drives and various community programs.

Most significantly Greg led Local 896 as President for many years. L896 is grateful for all the hard fought benefits that Greg secured the union ensuring health & safety for all ranks and our families. His leadership is irreplaceable, L896 will forever be thankful for Greg's dedication.

To a long, happy & healthy retirement!

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 05/30/2022

Memorial Day 2022

Honor & Remember

Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 05/24/2022

Four members of Local 896 spent the past two days in Albany attending New York State Professional Firefighters Association - NYSPFFA Legislative Conference. Annually NYS professional firefighters gather and spend time with our local representatives discussing important legislation.

L896 had the opportunity to meet with Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Senator Ed Rath who represent our area.

While in Albany L896 took the time to catch up with former Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano who left his role in Batavia in 2021 after accepting a job with the State of New York as Deputy State Fire Administrator.


2053 5/13/22 First Platoon

CBFD dispatched to a reported fire on the front porch, 29 Montclair Ave, Batavia.

A citizen submitted this photo of conditions first arriving crews encountered.

Photo Credit: Video News Service


Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 05/12/2022


L896 is pleased to announce the following promotions effective June 19th. LT Morris promoted to captain and FF Gowanlock to LT.

Lt Mike Morris was hired by the city in 2002 as a medic and promoted to firefighter in 2007. Mike has been an invaluable member of our fire investigation team, various equipment committees, health & safety, and executive board member of our benevolent association for many years.

FF Zach Gowanlock was hired by the city in 2014. Zach has been a critical member of our health & safety, swiftwater rescue team, as well as a car seat tech. Currently Zach is pursuing a bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Canton in Emergency Management. Zach also served L896 many years as union secretary.


The City of Batavia, New York, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, seeks an outstanding leader to be its next Fire Chief. Salary: $85,144 - $103,270 DOQ

The successful candidate will desire to be a part of the City’s vibrant and visionary culture; will be accessible and engage with the staff and community to reach shared community-wide goals; will have the ability to review and assess current operations and institute best practices. They will also be a strategic team builder who possesses the operational and tactical experience to lead the Fire Department. Reporting to the City Manager, the Fire Chief will lead a fully paid professional department consisting of 37 FTE including four captains, four lieutenants, 28 firefighters and one administrative support position while being responsible for a $3.9 million budget.

This will be a provisional appointment pending successful scoring on the Civil Service examination. Civil Service qualifications are graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma AND either two (2) years of full-time, paid experience as a Deputy Fire Chief, OR four (4) years full-time, paid experience as a Fire Captain, OR any equivalent combination of experience and training. AND, Candidates must also meet the following qualifications: In accordance with New York State Civil Service Law Section 58-a minimum qualifications for career Fire Chief at time of appointment.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and five work-related references, and completed Genesee County Application to: Dawn Fairbanks, Human Resources Director, One Batavia City Centre, Batavia, NY 14020 or [email protected].

Accepting applications until position is filled. Background check, psychological assessment and physical with drug testing required. Candidate must become a resident of the County of Genesee or any adjacent town to the County of Genesee within 6 months of the date of conclusion of the probationary period for the City of Batavia. EEO


Special thanks to Dunkin' on Ellicott Ave for keeping us fueled this weekend. Thank you for thinking of us!



Photos from Batavia City Firefighters - IAFF Local 896's post 05/01/2022

After a two year hiatus the LECOM Harborcenter Police and Fire hockey tournament returned. Lt Whitcombe, FF Whitcombe and FF Fix skated for L896. Good work boys! 🏒


Our thoughts are with our colleagues at Mercy Flight EMS. Earlier today one of Mercy Flight's helicopters crashed tragically during a training exercise.

L896 responds alongside Mercy EMS daily, this tragedy hits close to home for the members of L896. Our deepest condolences to the friends, families and coworkers of the crew on board today's flight.

Photos from Video News Service's post 04/24/2022


E11, 201 on location 12 Coe Avenue Oakfield, working basement fire.



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