Bureau of Fire

City of Wilkes-Barre



The Wilkes-Barre Fire Department is a full-service career department that provides fire, rescue, advanced life support emergency medical service, fire code enforcement and fire prevention activities. The department responds to over 10,000 emergencies each year.

 For Emergencies Dial 911

The City of Wilkes-Barre has three Fire/Emergency Medical Service stations:

Headquarters, located at 20-22 East Ross Street
South Station, located at 313 High Street
Hollenback Station, located at 1020 North Washington Street


Place one smoke detector in each bedroom
Place one immediately outside the sleeping area(s)
Place one on each floor including basement
Make sure they are in operating condition
Have a Fire Escape Plan

Alan Klapat

Deputy Chief


Chief Jay Delaney

Fire Chief
For information regarding the Fire Code contact:
Captain Robert Suchoski

Ambulance Billing
Hours: 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

The mission of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department states that it is the responsibility of each member to subscribe to values in two core groups:

The Community:

To recognize that the community is the reason for our purpose

To value the faith and trust of the community, and continually work to deserve that confidence through our attitude, conduct, and accomplishments

To recognize that lives are more valuable than property

To believe that the safety of the public is of paramount importance, followed closely by the safety of our members

To demonstrate that all members of the public are entitled to our best efforts


Wilkes-Barre was incorporated as a borough on March 17, 1806. One year later, on March 31, 1807, Councilman Charles Miner made a motion to appoint a committee to explore the possibility of purchasing firefighting equipment. That was the birth of the City of Wilkes-Barre Bureau of Fire.

At first there was a bucket brigade. It was not until the spring of 1818 that Wilkes-Barre obtained it first piece of fire equipment, the Davey Crockett. It was a used, hand operated pump which was purchased from the Philadelphia Fire Department for the sum of $300. The first steam engine was an Amoskeag, named Mechanic, which was purchased in 1870. It was pulled by firefighters, and was housed at Protection Company on West South Street.

The Department:

To strive for excellence in every endeavor

To uphold honesty, fairness, and integrity

To seek effectiveness, efficiency, and economy continuously

To stress unity and teamwork as being to our mutual advantage as individuals and employees

To encourage the free exchange of ideas

To provide professional and courteous service at all times

To be sensitive to the changing needs of the community

Office of Prevention, Inspection, and Training

Captain Robert Suchoski

The Office of Prevention, Investigation, and Training is committed to an aggressive fire inspection program to ensure residential and workplace safety. Its mission is to be proactive by providing professional training to firefighters and paramedics, as well as life-saving fire safety education to the public.
Training programs have been developed for target groups to provide fire safety education suitable for the public’s specific needs. The Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department operates a Fire Safety House that is a fun, hands-on learning tool to teach people of all ages what to do in the event of a fire. The Fire Safety House, among other fire safety programs, is available upon request for civic and social organizations, school children, and high-risk groups such as senior citizens and residents of high-rise apartment buildings. If you are interested in scheduling any of the above programs, please contact Wilkes-Barre Fire Headquarters at 570.208.4261.