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City of Williamsport
Williamsport City Hall
245 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701



The City of Williamsport’s out-door warning system, more commonly known as “the sirens”; will be tested extensively on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 beginning 0930 hours.  All functions of the system will be thoroughly checked to ensure they are working properly.  The sirens may be activated more than once during the test. Testing should be completed prior to12:00 pm.

Implemented in the 1940's, the sirens function as an outdoor warning system used to alert residents in the event of an emergency. The City of Williamsport is responsible for sirens at these locations: Cochran School, Fire Headquarters on Walnut Street, Newberry Park, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn Street Armory and Thermacore, which is located in the Reach Road Industrial Park and Lycoming College.

If you hear an emergency siren at a time other than during the announced tests, the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) of the City of Williamsport advises residents to turn on a television, radio or weather monitor for emergency information.  The outdoor warning system is an important component of public safety in the City of Williamsport.  The system provides immediate notification to alert all residents of potentially dangerous situations so that appropriate precautions can be taken.


The Williamsport Bureau of Fire would like to thank everyone who apllied for Fire Fighter with the City of Williamsport.  We will be testing again in 2 years (2015).

Fire Fighter Information, part 1

 Fire Fighter Application, part 2

The Williamsport Bureau of Fire is now accepting applications for

Career Firefighters

Obtain an application at:

Williamsport Bureau of Fire

440 Walnut Street

Williamsport, PA 17701

Monday through Friday

8am to 4pm

Application fee of $45.00, check or money order, payable to the City of Williamsport,
is due when the application is returned.

All applications are due on or before May 31, 2013.

The written exam is on July 23, 2013 at 6pm.

If you need additional information, please contact
Reneé Smith at (570) 327-1602 or email her at Fire@cityofwilliamsport.org

If you would like to schedule Fire Prevention Education for your school, workplace or other establishment, please call Renee Smith, Administrative Aide at (570) 327-1602 to set up an appointment.


Williamsport Bureau of Fire

Fire Headquarters
440 Walnut Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 327-1602
Fax:     (570) 327-1536


About the Williamsport Bureau of Fire

Fire Department BadgeThe Williamsport Bureau of Fire serves the City of Williamsport which serves as the county seat for Lycoming County, PA. The City is located in the north central part of the state along the west branch of the Susquehanna River. The City encompasses over nine square miles and has a permanent population of approximately 30,000 residents as well as nine-thousand college students.

The Williamsport Bureau of Fire was organized in 1874 and has served as the only career fire department in Lycoming County.



The Bureau of Fire is a Career Fire department with a staff of 33 sworn personnel and one Administrative Aide. 

C. Dean Heinbach, Fire Chief

Fire Chief, C. Dean Heinbach
The Williamsport Bureau of Fire is under the direct supervision of C. Dean Heinbach, Fire Chief.

Telephone:  (570) 327-1534

Deputy Fire Chief, Dave Dymeck
Telephone:  (570) 327-1602
Assistant Fire Chief, Todd Heckman
Telephone:  (570) 329-3820 
Fire Inspector, Sam Aungst
Telephone:  (570) 329-3821 
Administrative Aide, Reneé Smith
Telephone:  (570) 327-1602 


Platoons at the Williamsport Bureau of Fire

“A” Platoon

“B” Platoon

Platoon Chief
Maintenance Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer

Frank Shank
Mark Webster
Noel Ferari
Steve Kavalecs
Keith Lucas
Mike Gardner
Sherman Heaster
Kevin Breen

Platoon Chief
Maintenance Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer

Vince Rundio
Dave Weaver
Jeff Vogt
Neil Hensler
Mark Killian
Jeremy Vogt
JJ Lyons

“C” Platoon

“D” Platoon

Platoon Chief 
Fire Engineer 
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer

Eric Smith
Doug Gipe
John McCann
Phil Fagnano
John DeWald
Kevin Hurne
Ken Smith

Platoon Chief
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer
Fire Engineer

Russ Clemons
Todd Arthur
Bob Losell
Craig Bierly
Tim Garman
Tracey Harer
James Baker


The Williamsport Bureau of Fire is comprised of two divisions, Operations and Prevention.

The services provided by these two divisions include, but are not limited to, fire suppression, vehicle rescue, water rescue, technical rescue, emergency medical quick response, fire inspections, fire investigations, public fire safety education, emergency management administration and operations, as well as preparedness education.

The Bureau of Fire operates with a four platoon system with one platoon chief and 6 firefighters assigned to a platoon. Currently over 95% of our personnel are Fire Fighter I certified.

The front line assignment for the Bureau is two engines, one 100 foot ladder tower and a command vehicle. A minimum of seven personnel are on duty at all times. In addition to the front line of apparatus other equipment includes two reserve pumpers, one rescue boat, a utility truck and two staff vehicles for administrative staff.

The Bureau has several members trained in specialty areas. All personnel are trained in surface water rescue and rescue boat operations. In addition we have an underwater search and rescue team. There are six members of the Bureau who are part of the Pennsylvania Urban Search & Rescue Team Squad 2 and several members who are part of the Lycoming County Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Decontamination teams.

The Bureau formed an alliance with Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Company on September 19, 1999. Old Lycoming provides all equipment including one engine and living quarters. The Bureau provides the staffing of two personnel 24-7, and is supplemented with volunteers who meet the Bureau's requirements. In the event of a greater alarm fire Old Lycoming Fire Company makes all of their manpower and apparatus available to the City. In turn the City responds an engine on all calls in the township.

In 2004 the Bureau was given the responsibility of administering emergency management for the City. The Bureau is responsible for the implementation of the National Incident Management System for the City, maintaining the City emergency operations plan, two emergency operations centers, six early warning sirens, and the training of all emergency operations center personnel.

In 2011 the Williamsport Bureau of Fire and Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Service joined forces to align together for a shared use of the Company #4 Firehouse on Almond Street.  This agreement allows for the housing of a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU).  This also provides for a quicker response time for EMS throughout the city and also assists the city in maintaining a city owned property.  Since the agreement, the building has been upgraded with new electrical wires and some other updates and is now occupied 24/7.

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