Erie County Fair extends free admission to firefighters who responded to Lockport fire

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Fair goers looked on as firefighters from across Western New York marched in part of an annual tradition at the Erie County Fair.

“It just means a lot because we know that the community appreciates what we do you know obviously we’re not told that each and everyday,” said Paul Griebner, Snyder Fire Department Chief.

It’s a day when firefighters across Western New York are thanked for their service, one that many couldn’t be a part of after fighting a massive fire at a tire plant in Lockport.

The Crittenden Volunteer Fire Department is one 40 fire companies that played a role in battling what’s being called the biggest inferno in Lockport’s history.

“We were called out yesterday morning around 11:30 to shuttle water we have a tanker, they pulled the water out of the canal and then shuttled it over to the fire,” said Alan Piasecki, Crittenden Volunteer Fire Department Chief

“When you put that fire gear on and it’s as hot and humid as it was and you’re there as long as that that takes a lot out of anybody I don’t care who you are,” said Griebner.

Free admission has been extended to all firefighters and auxiliary members whose companies responded to the Lockport fire. They can come to the fair for free on any day with proper ID.

“We want to give them the opportunity to come back at anytime during the 12 days of the fair and enjoy all the great things that we have to offer. Maybe when they’re more rested and able to bring their families, it’s just the smallest way that we can say thank you for the tremendous effort that they put into fighting that fire,” said Tiger Schmittendorf, Erie County Fair Emergency Manager.

The fair runs until Sunday August 21st. That gives firefighters who battled the Lockport fire a little over a week to head over to the fair for free. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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