Department History

The Homer Fire Department was formed in 1873 with the organization of Triumph Hose Co. No. 1. Since that time the department has grown and changed in many ways. We now are made up of Triumph Hose Co. No. 1, Tioughnioga Hose Co. No. 2, and West Side Hose Co. No. 3. There was a fourth Company, Homer Hook and Ladder Co., which was active from 1935 to 2010. Each of these companies has their own Captain, Lieutenant and administrative officers and has a membership limit of 30 firefighters. The department is very active in terms of the number of alarms we handle. For the year 2009-2010 we ran 772 fire and EMS alarms. Our district is about 125 square miles, and we cover about 13,000 population. This district is made up of the Village of Homer, the Town of Homer, Town of Scott, Town of Summerhill, and the north central portion of the Town of Cortlandville. The department operates from one station situated in the Village of Homer.

Homer Fire Department Updates

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While Home Schooling please consider working on home fire escape drills and plans. ... See MoreSee Less

While Home Schooling please consider working on home fire escape drills and plans.

To all our members and the community, to our knowledge we DO NOT have any members confirmed with the Coronavirus. Every person entering the fire house is required to take and record their temperature, and if the feel at all sick, they are strongly requested to go or stay home.
Our fire house has plenty of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and is heavily cleaned and disinfected at least every other day. Other surfaces are disinfected by members with the wipes we have. Our members that do come to the fire house are practicing social distancing as much as possible.
Unfortunately if we have an emergency to respond to, we cannot maintain these policies and procedures until we return. While on emergencies we don't have the luxury of social distancing in our apparatus.
Many of our members have been doing the self quarantine and are staying home other than for emergency alarms. As first responders we, our apparatus and equipment must be ready to serve the community 24/7/365. As Fire Chief I am proud and satisfied how our members are handling this virus situation. Mahlon Irish Jr., Fire Chief
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Thanks to the Village of Homer officials for funding, past Chief Bob Johnson for starting the process almost 6 years ago, and the specification committee for the purchase of a new engine to replace a 24 year old one.
Today we placed that new engine in service for alarms.
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Thanks to the Village of Homer officials for funding,  past Chief Bob Johnson for starting the process almost 6 years ago, and the specification committee for the purchase of a new engine to replace a 24 year old one.
Today we placed that new engine in service for alarms.Image attachmentImage attachment

Just an update. As a safety precaution for our members it was decided to close the fire house and have it disinfected after a POSSIBLE exposure occurred. We take the health and safety of our members very seriously so even though the exposure was only possible the choice was made to close the fire house last night and have it cleaned. The cleaning took over 2.5 hours and was vacant other than for a short time while members answered a motor vehicle accident call around 2 AM. None of our members stayed at the fire house after the alarm. I'd like to thank everyone for their understanding in our decision to take extra precaution during these uncertain times with this virus. Mahlon Irish Jr., Fire Chief and Tim Maxson President. ... See MoreSee Less

Factory photo of the new Engine 502. ... See MoreSee Less

Factory photo of the new Engine 502.

Homer Fire Department

Mahlon Irish

Fire Chief

Michael Harter

Deputy Fire Chief

Joseph Riley

1st Assistant Fire Chief

Steven Hayes

2nd Assistant Fire Chief

45 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 58
Homer, NY 13077
Tel: (607) 749-3121
Fax: (607) 749-4948

Fire Department Board

  • Tim Maxson, President
  • Donald Hurteau, Vice President
  • Randy McKay, Treasurer
  • Richard Elmer Sr., Secretary