ABOUT US

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.

Back-to-Back Mutual Aid Brush Fires

At 4:32 PM today, Tanker 12 was requested mutual-aid to Pleasantville to the scene of 2 wind driven brush fires close to structures on Pleasantville Road. Tanker 12, along with Briarcliff Manor FD assisted Pleasantville FD with extinguishing the fires and remaining hot spots.

At 6:34 PM, just after PHFD cleared from Pleasantville Rd, Engine 189 was dispatched mutual-aid to Pokahoe Dr in the Village of Sleepy Hollow for a reported structure fire. First arriving units found a heavy smoke condition in the street, as well as a large brush fire burning in the area of the Metro-North tracks, extending up a steep hill, endangering several houses at the top. E189 arrived and immediately got to work, stretching an 1 3/4" crosslay down the hill to the fire, which proved to be an interesting challenge, as the hill was covered in loose dirt and mulch and the brutal wind and cold did not help. PHFD assisted in extinguishing the fire, providing scene lighting, and packing hose. Thanks to the quick response of Sleepy Hollow FD, Tarrytown FD and Pocantico Hills FD, the fire was extinguished before it could damage any structures. PHFD operated on scene for approx. 2 hours before clearing.

PHFD MEMBERS SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations to the following members on completing courses offered by the Westchester County Fire Academy in Valhalla. Our members consistently train to better themselves and better serve our community. The firefighters and their classes are as follows:

Captain Jeff Generelli: Fire Officer 1
Junior Firefighter Brett Danuff: Firefighter 1

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Pocantico Hills Fire Department 

531 Bedford Road

Tarrytown, NY 10591

Tel. (914)-631-2710

Fax (914)-524-9596

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