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Cortland fire chief appointed to NYSAFC board of directors



City of Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for the NYSAFC.

He will serve out the remainder of recently vacated term as the board’s designated career director.

Friedman began his fire service career in 1987 as a volunteer with the Cuyler Fire Department.

After relocating in 1996, he joined the Cortlandville Fire Department, where he was chief from 2007-2008. His professional fire service career began in 1998 with the Tully Fire District.

In 2003, Friedman was hired by the City of Cortland Fire Department, later appointed chief in 2019.

Additionally, he spent time as an EMT/paramedic with two commercial ambulance services; and 18 years as a 911 dispatcher for Cortland County.

A state fire instructor since 2008, Friedman is a member of the IAFC, Career Fire Chiefs of New York State, New York State Fire Marshals & Inspectors Association, Central New York Firemen’s Association, and FASNY.

He is actively involved with the Cortland County Fire Advisory Board and Cortland County Fire Chiefs Association, where he was president from 1992-1995 — and also served as deputy fire coordinator from 2003-2011.

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