2014 Lead Officers

Chief: Jeff Zacharias

President: Wayne Barkauskas

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Mailing Address:
Kirkville Fire Company
P.O. Box 6
Kirkville, NY 13082
Physical Address:
6225 Kirkville Road North
Kirkville, NY 13082
Phone: 315-656-3093
Fax: 315-656-6845




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On November 17, 2014, Kirkville firefighters participated in annual bailout training. Each of our backpack-mounted air packs are equipped with a bailout hook, descender device and rope which allows trapped firefighters to exit upper floors and lower themselves to safety in an emergency.
Firefighter exiting the second floor window, remaining low to avoid heat layer above
Once stabilized, firefighter "walks" down the wall controlling descent with squeeze descender device
Alternate ladder bailout technique


On November 18, 2014, 7 Kirkville fire/rescue personnel visited the Crossroads Community Church for a Home Safety presentation. Children and adults learned about fire safety, saw a simulated search and rescue operation and got an up-close tour of our Rescue Pumper 4. 


On November 1, 2014, Kirkville firefighters participated in flashover simulator training in Fayetteville. Flashover can occur when combustible gas trapped at the top of a burning room ignites, creating intense fire and heat that is rarely survivable even with our modern turnout gear and breathing apparatus. Flashover simulator training allows firefighters to experience this phenomenon in a controlled, safe environment to recognize the signs of an impending flashover.
(l-r) Lt. Thomas Hart, FF John Hart, FF Brandon Bauer, FF Kyle Stanley
View inside the simulator (video courtesy of Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department)
Personnel from several departments participated in flashover training
Kirkville firefighters Bauer,  Lt. T.Hart, J.Hart and Stanley
Simulator in action


At 21:07 on October 2, 2014, Kirkville Fire along with Fayetteville, Manlius, East Syracuse, Minoa and others were alerted for a house fire at 307 Southfield Drive in the Fayetteville fire district. Kirkville Car 1, Car 2 and Engine 3 responded. Engine 3's interior crew operated in the structure while the apparatus provided fireground water supply from the hydrant to the fireground. After being released, Kirkville stood by at the Fayetteville station until their crews and apparatus returned to service. 


The Kirkville Fire Company periodically sets up a driver competency course to allow our apparatus driver/operators to practice their vehicle maneuvering skills. Personnel operate our Engines and Squad vehicles through several obstacles in forward and reverse to increase their confidence in vehicle handling, turning within narrow limits, backing, mirror usage and more. 

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On July 21, 2014, Kirkville members along with fire/rescue personnel from Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa attended a rail safety class presented by Operation Lifesaver. Topics included safety issues, on-scene dangers, types of rail equipment, train consist documents and more. Operation Lifesaver's website contains valuable information on the dangers of railroad crossings and staying clear of railroad property. Click here for more information.


At 0848 on July 6, 2014, Kirkville RP-4 was requested to assist on a working apartment fire at 7376 Wheeler Road in the North Chittenango Fire District. Kirkville RP-4 responded with a 4-person crew and assisted with fire suppression,  remaining on scene for approximately four hours. Additional mutual aid departments included Chittenango, Bridgeport, Canastota, South Bay, Cazenovia, EAVES Ambulance, Rural Metro EMS and others.

FF John Hart operating from Chittenango's aerial ladder

Lt. Thomas Hart in the foreground of a working apartment fire at 7376 Wheeler Road


Just one day after graduating from East Syracuse-Minoa High School, FF Brandon Bauer also received his certificate and graduated from Firefighter 1 training. Brandon is pictured above at his final live burn training evolution at the Clay training facility. Congratulations Brandon!


Our June 2014 training drills have focused on automobile extrication including vehicle stabilization methods, patient stabilization, emergency medical treatment and safe removal of patients from the automobile after an accident. 


We are currently recruiting new members so if you have been thinking about volunteering, take the leap and find out more!  Please call 315-656-3093, email Admin@kirkvillefire.com or stop by on Monday nights between 7-9 pm to discuss how you can help out and what you can expect to experience as a member of Kirkville Fire/Rescue. Please take the time to view the video below, presented by the Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY). 



On March 26, 2014 at 21:22, Kirkville Rescue and Minoa Ambulance were alerted for a vehicle rollover with entrapment at 6420 Kirkville Road North. Kirkville Car 2 (Bell) was first on scene along with Kirkville EMT's S. Foster and B. Foster who began immediate patient assessment and treatment. Rescue Pumper 4 and Squad 2 arrived next and utilized wedges, stabilization jacks and straps to stabilize the vehicle which was on its side with its roof pinned against a parked vehicle. An additional ambulance was called from Fayetteville at 21:35. Hydraulic cutters were used to remove the exposed doors and "B" pillar allowing crews to extricate the patient. 



Approximately 120 boy scouts, including many from Kirkville Fire Company-sponsored Troop 210, had the opportunity to camp overnight in the 6th floor conference center at DestiNY USA on March 23, 2014. Pictured here with the group is our own Chaplain Bruce Foster who provided the Sunday morning church service for the participants. In addition to his Chaplain duties, Bruce also serves the Fire Company as a New York State certified EMT-B as well as an active firefighter. 


As published in the Syracuse Post Standard, 1/30/2014

James H. Paris, 82, of Kirkville, passed away Sunday at James Square Health & Rehabilitation Centre after a long illness. Born in Syracuse, Mr. Paris was a resident of Kirkville for many years. He was a graduate of Minoa Schools as well as St. Louis University. Mr. Paris retired from Frasier & Fassler where he worked as a HVAC designer until his retirement. A lifetime member of the Kirkville Fire Company, Mr. Paris served as a District Fire Commissioner for many years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Minoa and enjoyed golfing, bowling and deep sea fishing in his leisure time. In 2003, he proudly received the Citizen of the Year award from the Kirkville community. Mr. Paris was predeceased by his wife, Jeanette in 2007 and his son, James Steven in 2005. Surviving are his six daughters, Sister Frances James (Gail Ann) Paris of Syracuse, Claudette Marie Paris of NC, Joyce Lynn (George) Fuller of North Syracuse, Betty Louise (Harry) Paris of Orwell, Sue Christine Ouellette of Cicero, and Barbara Nancy Paris of NC; many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Church, Minoa. Private burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Minoa. Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home, 702 Legion Dr., Chittenango. Contributions may be made to the Kirkville Fire Company, P.O. Box 6, Kirkville, NY 13082. G.F. Zimmer F.H. Chittenango 687-3366



On November 18, 2013, members of the Kirkville Fire Company participated in live burn training at the Clay Fire Training Center. For more photos click here.



The Kirkville Fire Company joined the Kirkville Venture Crew in dedicating a Veteran's Memorial stone in the Kirkville Cemetery. The Kirkville Cemetery is the final resting place of our Past Chief Stan Nash who served with the United States Marine Corps, along with many of our founding members. Pictured at the dedication ceremony are front row: FF Mike Recor (US Marine Corps veteran), FF Wayne Barkauskas, FF Jeff Barker (US Navy veteran), Capt. Shawn Foster; back row: FF Ed Visser, Chief Jeff Zacharias. To see more photos, click here



With the help of a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, Kirkville Fire Company has been able to upgrade our old and obsolete SCBA units and compressor filling station. The new equipment, now in service, is fully NFPA-compliant and is a major upgrade to personnel safety and our overall efficiency on the fireground. To read more about the grant click here





 The Kirkville Fire Company welcomes you to its website. We are one of four fire departments serving the Town of Manlius in Onondaga County, just east of Syracuse, New York. We are 100% volunteer and provide fire suppression, rescue and EMS first responder service. Our 30 dedicated members operate a Rescue Pumper, an Engine, a light rescue unit and several support vehicles out of one station. We hope you enjoy learning more about what we do in the community. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments.




 New! Click here for a brochure detailing our address sign program

If your house number is not clearly legible, we may have trouble finding you in the event of an emergency call, especially at night or in inclement weather. The Kirkville Fire Company is now selling house number signs that are legible, reflective, visible from either direction, and mountable on the appropriate side of the street (particularly important if your mailbox is across the street). We encourage all Kirkville Fire District residents to purchase one of these signs for $20 including mounting post. We'll even install it for you!  If you're interested in purchasing one of these signs for your home or business, and you are located within our Fire District (click here to check), then please send us an email to AddressSigns@kirkvillefire.com 

Non-District residents: If you don't live in our Fire District, you can still purchase the exact model signs we're using directly from our supplier by clicking here . We recommend 4" numerals on a green sign panel. Please note that posts are not provided for orders placed through the sign company.



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