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Office of the Fire Coordinator

The Schoharie County Fire Coordinator's Office is staffed by a full-time Fire Coordinator, and a full-time office worker.

The geographical area of Schoharie County is 620 square miles which includes a population of approximately 32,000 people. By dividing the County into four zones, the Fire Coordinator is assisted in executing his duties by nine part-time Deputy Fire Coordinators. Two Deputies for each of the zones; One Deputy responsible for each of the specialized teams.

The County Fire Coordinator administers the Schoharie County Mutual Aid Plan. The Fire Coordinator's role is not that of an on-scene commander. It is to assist with and advise the local fire officer in the response of the necessary resources to handle the given situation. The Fire Coordinator administers the Schoharie County Fire Radio System in conformance with the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission and the Schoharie County Fire Radio Procedures.

The County Fire Coordinator acts as the Regional Fire Administrator upon activation of the New York State Fire Mobilization Plan, organizing local resources and advising the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control on utilization of those resources. The Fire Coordinator acts as liaison for Schoharie County Fire Service, Board of Supervisors and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The Fire Coordinator's Office also plans, coordinates, and implements training at the local level with a curriculum developed by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) to the hundreds of firefighters, other emergency response personnel in Schoharie County. The Fire Coordinator is assisted in providing this OFPC Outreach Program by four local New York State Certified Fire Instructors.