Board of Fire Commissioners


Regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at Central Fire Station, 310 West Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Overview & Duties

The Board of Fire Commissioners has jurisdiction over the management of all apparatus, fire alarm systems, equipment, appliances, supplies, and buildings belonging to the Ithaca Fire Department.  They have the authority to organize new companies and to disband any Department company, subject to the approval of the Common Council; to admit new members and to transfer members, upon application and certification of company officers, from one company to another; and to try, reprimand, suspend or expel any member or officer of any company for cause.

They authorize and direct the payment of bills and accounts incurred by the Fire Department and work with the Fire Chief to prepare the annual departmental budget. They act as trustees of all moneys now constituting the Active Firemen's Relief Fund, together with 1/2 of all moneys that may hereafter be received by the City of Ithaca as a Fire Department tax on premiums on policies of foreign and alien fire insurance companies pursuant to §§ 9104 and 9105 of the Insurance Law (except the amount payable under the provisions of such law to the Firemen's Association of the State of New York), together with any other moneys, gifts or property whatsoever acquired for relief or benefit purposes, to be accumulated as a relief fund for sick, indigent or disabled fire fighters, with power to draw upon such fund for temporary relief and benefits only, as said Board shall determine. They have full power and authority to invest such funds in any investments legal for trust funds under the laws of the State of New York.

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  • William D. Gilligan, Chair
    Term expires: June 30, 2017
  • Robert Sparks, Vice Chair
    Term expires: June 30, 2017
  • Thomas Hoard
    Term expires: June 30, 2018
  • John Guttridge
     Term expires: June 30, 2018
  • Lawrence Sallinger
      Term expires: June 30, 2019
Rob Gearhart, Common Council Liaison