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.
PHFD HANDLES CHIMNEY FIRE AND MUTUAL AID CALLS TO END 2021
It has been a month full of activity for PHFD!
On Sunday December 12th, while participating in a local tree lighting ceremony, a woman informed an E189 firefighter that it appeared a house’s chimney was on fire several houses down from the ceremonies location. E189 with a full crew & 2381 immediately responded and confirmed an active chimney fire, requesting Archville FD and a ladder from Pleasantville FD to the scene. Members stretched a precautionary handline, utilized dry chem extinguishers to extinguish the fire, and checked thoroughly for extension, which there was none. Our thanks to AFD & PFD for the back!
Just after midnight on Dec. 15th, T12 was requested mutual-aid to the Village of Bedford, to go on standby in Bedford Hills FD’s headquarters along with Port Chester Rescue 40. PHFD & PCFD stood by for over five hours before being released shortly after 5AM.
Only one hour later, T12 was again requested mutual aid, this time to Millwood Fire Station #2 while they operated at a structure fire in their district.
Then, just four days later, on the 19th, PHFD T12 was requested to Tarrytown FD for a reported structure fire. Within minutes, T12 with a full crew was responding, and an additional full crew was available in quarters should another alarm come in.
PHFD Drills on Tanker and Drafting Ops
Pocantico Firefighters partook in a drafting drill at the Tarrytown Reservoir, we had nearly a dozen members come out on their own time, a nice Sunday morning, to ensure they are trained to respond and protect the lives and property of our residents and neighboring districts! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please see the "Volunteer" section of our website.
Apparatus Present: E189, R43, T12, 2381, 2382, 2383