Unlike a paid fire department, we have no scheduled duty shifts. To accommodate your busy and varying lifestyle, our volunteers are on-call at all times – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Volunteers respond only when they are available in the area of our protection district.
Evans Center is dispatched through the Evans Fire Control Dispatch Center, maintained by the Town of Evans Police Department at our municipal building on Erie Road. Utilizing an enhanced 911 system (E-911), dispatchers alert the volunteers via Motorola pagers with voice and tone capability, as well as through IamResponding–a phone app that sends incident details and location information directly to our responders’ mobile devices.
This app also allows two-way communications where each responder can indicate whether they are responding to the call for assistance. This same system allows Evans Fire Control to monitor staffing levels for each fire department and dispatch mutual aid as necessary.
Upon being dispatched, volunteers respond to one of two stations in our district, man the appropriate apparatus, and respond to the scene. Only chief officers respond directly to the scene. Fire Police members respond to the appropriate intersections to control traffic for responding apparatus.
Known for its expertise in auto extrication, the department has utilized a Hurst Hydraulic Rescue System since 1976. The department responds to many entanglements involving autos and often tractor-trailers, on two state highways (Rtes. 5 & 20) and the New York State Thruway (I-90).
We respond to hazardous materials spills, leaks and releases under a ‘first responder’ level of operations. This means that we investigate the hazard within the limitations of our training and capabilities and call upon the resources of a qualified HazMat Response Team as needed.
Evans Center was the first in our community to implement the use of the Jaws of Life, Cardiac Monitoring, and a Thermal Imaging Camera. We were the first to have a Water/Ice Rescue Team and a Rapid Intervention Team specially trained to rescue trapped or injured firefighters.
We were the first volunteer fire company in Erie County to have its own on-site training facility, and we were the first to promote our web site on our apparatus.