The Pocantico Hills Fire District serves the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, the area north of the hamlet which includes Route 448, Old Sleepy Hollow Road, Route 117 to Route 9A and the area along Beech Hill Road. The district contains 270 households as well as the main Rockefeller Estate, the surrounding woodlands and trails, the Rockefeller State Park, the Pocantico Hills School, the Stone Barns facility and the Historic Hudson Valley headquarters. We respond from the fire station located in the hamlet. Our neighboring departments include Archville, Briarcliff Manor, Hawthorne, Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, and Thornwood.
The Pocantico Hills Fire District consists of Hilltop Engine Company, No. 1 whose members are all volunteers. At all times our members respond from home or work to protect the lives and property of the fire district. The Company currently responds to alarms ranging from automatic alarms to structure fires, car accidents and mutual aid responses to other fire districts.
The district only has fire hydrants in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills. No hydrants are located north of the hamlet. As a result, we utilize Engine 189, a Pierce pumper that carries 1000 gallons of water, and Tanker 12, a KME tanker/pumper that carries 2700 gallons of water, to provide the initial water needed in fire-related situations. In addition, we have mutual-aid agreements with surrounding departments. When a need for large sources of water is required, multiple tankers will be dispatched to provide the additional water needed.
Our third apparatus is Rescue 43, a 2004 Four Guy F550, that provides emergency response to all traffic accidents. The vehicle carries hydraulic extrication systems (the Jaws of Life, etc) and 400 gallons of water. With its high ground clearance and four-wheel drive, it can also respond to emergency calls within the State Park and on the Rockefeller trails.
Hilltop Engine Company is dispatched through Westchester County Emergency Services (60-Control) via pager and siren notification. Emergency 911 calls are received by the Mount Pleasant Police Department and forwarded to 60-Control for dispatch and management.
SHFD Assists With Flagpole Rope Replacement
Thank you to our neighbors to the west, Sleepy Hollow FD's Tower-Ladder 38 (Pocantico Hook and Ladder Co. #1) for their assistance in replacing the rope on our flagpole in front of the firehouse.
Pocantico & Archville FDs Operate at a Bolier Explosion
On Thursday, July 29th, PHFD & AFD were dispatched to a residence on Raafenberg Road for a reported boiler explosion. While responding, 60-Control received reports of an active basement fire in the residence. First arriving Chiefs from both AFD & PHFD found a confirmed boiler explosion with light smoke in the residence. E189 & E236 operated on scene, checking for fire & CO, and venting the house before going back in to service approximately 45 minutes later.
PHFD Units Operating: 2381, 2383, E189
AFD Units Operating: 2631, 2632, 2633 E236