The Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company is located in the northwest corner of the Town of Hamburg, New York. The Fire Company is 100% staffed by volunteer firefighters and serves approximately 10,000 residents of the district and immediate neighboring districts and over 60,000 residents of the town.
The Fire Company was founded in 1911 to serve the residents of the hamlet of Woodlawn, which was originally comprised of many boarding houses and small lake cottages. The boarding houses served as a home for the many steel workers and the cottages as a summer retreat. The first chief of record, Thomas Carmody, goes back to 1932.
The original fire house faced Route 5 and was only recently in 1996 renovated and expanded, moving the truck bays onto Milestrip Rd. and off the heavily traveled Rt. 5 corridor. The original fire house also had a mobile home park that sat directly behind it. This mobile home park was removed to make way for the expansion and renovation of the hall in 1996. An additional improvement project was completed in 2016, modernizing our meeting and exercise rooms, as well as the administrative offices.
The Woodlawn Fire Company also had at one time a Ladies Auxiliary and an Explorers unit. The Explorers unit was done away with once the minimum age was lowered to 16 for admission.
Today the Fire Company’s district is home to the Ford Stamping Plant, Republic Steel, Erie County Sewer Treatment Plant, FedEx and Amazon distribution centers, and Woodlawn Beach State Park amongst many other local businesses. Our district consists of a variety of terrain and zones including: wooded lots, beaches, residential neighborhoods, and heavy industrial areas. The current fleet of emergency vehicles consists of one 2006 American LaFrance engine, one 2007 American LaFrance rescue engine, one 2020 Pierce 100' aerial tower ladder, one 2003 Ford 550 BLS ambulance, and three Chevy Tahoe command vehicles from 2023, 2021, and 2015. The fire company responds to a wide variety of calls including all types of fires, EMS, auto accidents, rescue situations, and any other emergency.