Fire Department / Code Enforcement

Cortland Fire Department

Main Station: 21 Court St., Cortland

Headquarters: 756-5612
Fire Station 2: 753-7440
Fax: 758-8385

To report an emergency, Dial 911 or 756-5611

Fire Chief Office - 756-5613
Administrative calls - 756-5612
Code Enforcement - 753-1741
Plumbing Inspector - 753-1741


City of Cortland Fire Department web site


Cortland Fire HouseAdministration - 756-5612

Chief of Department: Charles S. Glover
Deputy Chief: Wayne Friedman
Deputy Chief: William Knickerbocker
Volunteer Deputy Chief: Bill Buttino
Volunteer First Assistant Chief: Rich Allen Sr.
Volunteer Second Assistant Chief: Charlie Sherman
Fire Department Administrative Assistant: Heidi Brown

Training Division - 758-8380
Municipal Training Officer: Captain Duane Pierce

Fire Prevention Division - 758-8388 Ext. 26
Captain Dave Jensen


Code Enforcement Division

Code Enforcement Division - 753-1741

General Inquiries: Administrative Aide Kim Reitano, (607) 753-1741

Director of Code Enforcement/Plumbing Inspector: Deputy Chief William Knickerbocker

Report a Code Violation: Call 753-1741 or submit Residential Complaint or Code Violation Form. See Rental Housing Law (updated) and Rental Housing Information Packet.


Also see Zoning for fence permits, historic district guidelines, special use variance, etc.

Red Cross Free Smoke Alarm Program

American Red CrossIn addition to caring for local fire victims when they have nowhere else to turn, the American Red Cross is committed to promoting fire safety and helping to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries that occur in our region each year. In partnership with local fire departments, community groups and corporate supporters, they are offering FREE smoke alarms to residents and providing fire preparedness education to hundreds of local families through their ongoing Home Fire Campaign. The American Red Cross will install up to 3 smoke detectors per household at no charge. They also have bed shakers for those that are hard of hearing. Call 315-234-2299 to set up an appointment for the install. They will also replace batteries as necessary. For more information or to request your free smoke alarms, visit


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Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) have gradually become a common urban pest in the past decade. People get bed bugs in various ways such as visiting an infested place, bringing in infested furniture, or through the natural dispersal of bed bugs from an infested neighboring unit within a multi-occupancy dwelling such as an apartment building.

Many people try to control bed bugs themselves to avoid the expense of hiring a professional service; however, professional services offer the advantage of a technician that is properly trained in pesticide safety and effective bed bug management. It is recommended to use professional pest control services. However, for those who still wish to control bed bugs on their own, this brochure provides a summary of the cost effective versus money-wasting materials and methods. This information will help you combat bed bugs safely and effectively.

Cost-Effective and Money Wasting Bed Bug Control Methods


Can the City of Cortland Find You Quickly in an Emergency?

House Numbers

Emergency 911 Address & House Number

The following guidelines will assist you in correctly posting an emergency 911 address number. If you have a question in reference to posting your house number, call the Fire Station at 758-8380, or Code Enforcement at 753-1741.

1. The number shall be displayed in a location visible from the road on which the number is assigned, such as a mailbox easily identifiable from the street.

2. The number should be placed on the house or dwelling unit in an area immediately adjacent to the front door. Numbers must be readily visible from the street and the view of the numbers should not be blocked by trees or shrubs.

3. Numbers may be placed on a sign or post at the entrance to a right-of-way or shared driveway. If the sign serves multiple buildings, the address to each house or unit served by that right-of-way or shared driveway shall be affixed. If the house or unit is not visible from the point at which the individual driveway breaks from the right-of-way or shared driveway, the address number must also be posted on the house or dwelling or unit.

4. Numbers should be at least 4 inches high.

5. Numbers should be plain block numerals, not script or written numbers.

6. Numbers shall be set on a background or contrasting color, preferably white or black. It is recommended that a retro reflective material be used.

7. Do not place number on utility poles, road signs, or anywhere within the road right-of-way (except mailboxes).

8. Temporary display of addresses for new structures shall be maintained during construction.

If you receive your mail at a Post Office Box you must still post the Emergency 911 Address on your property so that it can be located by emergency vehicles.


Vacant Building Placards

Any vacant or abandoned buildings or structures determined to be unsafe pursuant to Section 110 of this code relating to structural or interior hazards must be marked by placards on the front of the structure and on the side of each entrance. Placards are 24 inches square with a red background, and white reflective border and stripes. They bear the date of their application to the building and the date of the most recent inspection.

Vacant Building: Plain Red Vacant Building: Red with Slash Vacant Building: Red with X