This week, the Cicero Fire Department will be kicking off our annual 2019 Fund Drive and those residences / businesses within over coverage area will be receiving the following letter as we look for your support:

As we do every year, let us begin by thanking you, the residents and business owners of the Town of Cicero, for your generous support over the years and for helping us as we finish our first full calendar year in our new Station #1. We are taking advantage of every room and every inch of the new station to ensure our members have a safe environment for alarm responses, training and meetings.

This project could not have been completed without your assistance. This new, state-of-the-art station, will be our home for the next 50 years and will help us better serve the people that live, work and travel through the Town of Cicero. As we have started the process of the grant funding to complete Phase II of the project, we are excited to finish the Community Hall that will be used by the public.

In 2018, we were alerted by the Onondaga County Emergency Communications Center, 916 times. Once again, we are proud to report some of the accomplishments that would not be possible without the dedication of our members. Our Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) performed a remarkable feat, using their training to save the life of a patient in respiratory or cardiac arrest EIGHT TIMES in 2018.

As Deputy Chief and an EMT, I was honored in 2018, to be the recipient of the Central New York Emergency Medical Services Basic Life Support Provider of the Year, which is the THIRD time one of our EMT's has been the recipient of this award.

So, as we do each year at this time, we come to you asking for assistance as we look to cover the routine costs of running a volunteer fire department. We are fortunate to have a fitness room in the new station, to be sure our members are up to the physical requirements of our job. The room is now fully furnished, but there is a cost of maintaining the equipment.

The second floor mezzanine area was constructed to house several training props and these props are being designed and need to be built. We currently have two bunk rooms that serve as sleeping quarters for our members during in-station duty crews and long-duration natural disasters (snow and ice storms).

As we come to you asking for your assistance, if you cannot provide a monetary donation, we will also accept vehicles to be used for training in the lot at Station #2. If you can provide a free or reduced-price service regarding our day-to-day operations, we ask that you please contact us to discuss.

Finally some notes to remember. If you have considered joining our team, please contact us at (315) 699-7721, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss our membership categories.

In the winter, be sure that fire hydrants are clear of snow and debris, and in the spring do not plant trees or shrubs blocking our access. In the summer months, we ask you remove your portable basketball hoops from the side of the roadway when not being used, as they present a hazard not only to our apparatus, but to other vehicles traveling in the area.

In the event you notice a fire hydrant in your neighborhood without a marker device, please include a note with your donation or contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can install a marker as soon as possible. It is imperative your address is clearly visible on your house, business and mailbox to assist our responders.

It is also important to keep a current list of all medications in an accessible place (usually on the side of the refrigerator) for reference during a medical emergency. Finally, if you have large amounts of hazardous materials or chemicals stored at your residence / business, please document and return to us in the enclosed envelope so that we are aware and can discuss with our responders.

In closing, we thank you for your continued support as we dedicate ourselves to constantly train, so that we can best serve you in your time of need. We wish you a safe, healthy and productive 2019.

We would like to remind those residing in the Cicero Fire Department coverage area, we DO NOT solicit donations by phone and if you wish to donate electronically, you can do so by visiting which is secure (do not need a PayPal account).


George Barrett,
Deputy Chief
Fund Drive Chairman

In the event, you are unsure if you reside in our coverage area, we ask that you please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can verify your address and direct you to donate to the department that provides coverage to your residence / business.