There are seven (7) Deputy Coordinators who are assigned to individual response areas known as “Battalions”. At the request of the County Fire Coordinator or a Fire Chief, Deputy Coordinators respond to mutual aid events and assist in providing mutual aid equipment, assistance and other resources as requested. They work closely with Fire Chiefs (Incident Commanders) in ensuring life safety priorities and the integrity of the emergency scene.
The Deputy Coordinators also work with local governmental agencies in developing disaster plans at the local level and assist with pre-planning activities and exercising these plans. They meet regularly with the fire chiefs to facilitate open communications as well as interface with the 911 Communications Center. They also represent the County Coordinator at the local level.
During major incidents, this division coordinates resources to be sent throughout New York State per the New York State Fire Mobilization and Mutual Aid Plan which Dutchess County is a participant of. Dutchess County is frequently requested to assist with equipment and manpower for large-scale emergencies that occur throughout our state, such as ice storms, floods, and large scale brush fires.
The members of the Fire and Rescue Division are all volunteers and are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week.