Our History

Before 1957, there was no New York Power Authority Niagara Power Project, and before 1959, there was no Upper Mountain Fire Company. The relationship between Upper Mountain and the New York Power Authority dates back to the inception of the fire company, which was created out of necessity for the residents of the Escarpment Area of Lewiston due to the creation of the NYPA Reservoir.

Prior to 1959, Upper Mountain’s current district was divided between the Lewiston Fire Company #1 and Lewiston Fire Company #2 districts. The residential area of Upper Mountain’s current district, the Escarpment Area, was protected by the Lewiston Fire Company #2, and the founding members of the Upper Mountain Fire Company were originally members of the Lewiston Fire Company #2. In fact, during the two years between the construction of the NYPA Reservoir and the establishment of the Upper Mountain Fire Company, Upper Mountain served as a substation to Lewiston #2.

Upper Mountain Today

2011 was the busiest year in Upper Mountain’s history as its members responded to 1,415 calls for service — an average of 118 emergency calls per month or more than 27 calls a week.  That made Upper Mountain the busiest volunteer fire company in Niagara County. 

Upper Mountain’s dedication to service isn’t limited to Western New York. In September 2011, its members answered a New York State call for manpower and sent an aerial truck and crew to Vestal in response to devastating floods that struck the Greater Binghamton area.  Upper Mountain’s crew was stationed at the Vestal Fire Department, Station 4 for three days, responding with local fire departments and emergency crews for duties and details.

Around the corner or across the state, Upper Mountain’s skilled and dedicated members stand ready to respond to any type of emergency. 


Upper Mountain Fire Company is a NYS 501c3 Not-for-Profit organization. We are governed by NYS Not-For-Profit law, NYS Fire Law, and our Constitution/Bylaws. A copy of our Bylaws can be downloaded here.