Welcome to the official website of the Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1.  The Pearl River Fire Department consists of two fire companies, Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 and Excelsior Engine Co.  The Pearl River Fire Department provides fire protection 365 days/year for 24 hours/day for the hamlet of Pearl River, Town of Orangetown, New York.  We respond to approximately 300 emergency calls per year. Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 is composed of volunteer firefighters. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our recruitment page.


Shaun P. Ruocco, 1st Lieutenant, Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 (Webmaster)


Extrication (Veterans Memorial Drive)

Posted on October 25, 2015

On Saturday October 24th, at 1:00 P.M. the Pearl River Fire Department was alerted to a multi car accident on Veterans Memorial Drive. Fire Dispatch (44-Control) upgraded the accident advising that one party needed to be extracted from the vehicle. Pearl River EMS and Fire Personnel quickly extricated the individual. EMS transported the individual to Nyack.  

Structure Fire (5 Stone Haven Road)

Posted on October 23, 2015

On Friday October 23rd , at approximately 4:45 P.M. the Pearl River and West Nyack Fire Departments were dispatched to a house fire on Stone Haven Road. Pearl River and West Nyack Fire Departments quickly extinguished the blaze. Due to the amount of overhaul and manpower needed Nanuet, Orangeburg, and Blauvelt Fire Departments assisted in the operation.  One Firefighter was injured and was taken to Nyack for observation. 

Fire Prevention Month

Posted on October 1, 2015

Smoke detectors save lives! A properly installed and maintained smoke detector can lower the chance of death in a home fire by fifty percent. Almost half of the nation’s fire fatalities occur in the six percent of homes that do not have smoke alarms. Early warning systems, such as smoke detectors, can save live and greatly reduce property damage. Most fatal fires occur at night when residents are sleeping. The best way to survive is to install and maintain a smoke detector within the home. Early fire detection and notification of residents is essential to a rapid escape to safety.

Once a fire starts, as you have learned, fire spreads and grows at a rapid rate and individuals may have only seconds to escape to safety. Developing a fire escape plan is very important so that your family knows what to do when a fire occurs. It is important to plan two escape routes from every room within your home. All family members should know all possible escape routes. Also, agree on a fixed location outdoors away from any danger where family members are to gather, like a tree or mailbox, so you know everyone has escaped. Practice the escape plan with your family before a real emergency occurs. If a fire occurs and there is a need for immediate escape, do not trying to contain the fire or call 9-1-1 from the home. Leave immediately and call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s phone or from safe location. When out of danger stay out of the home, do not go back inside for any reason.
General Fire Safety
During a fire, do the following:
•                Use a fire extinguisher to put out very small fires. Do NOT try to put out a fire that you can’t control.

•                If there’s a fire that appears to be too big to put out, leave the building immediately. Once you’re

                 outside and safe, call 9-1-1 from a safe area.

•                If your clothes catch fire, do NOT run. Stop, Drop, and Roll! Stop immediately; drop to the ground;
                 cover your face; and roll about until the fire is extinguished.
•                When the smoke detector or fire alarm sounds, leave the building.
•                If smoke is consuming or filling your home, exit immediately and stay as low to the ground as
                 possible while exiting. Smoke is very dangerous to your health. If possible crawl on your hands
                 and knees to exit.
•                If a fire occurs and you are trapped within a room, close the door and do not open the door. 
•                If the door feels cool to the touch and there is no sign of smoke, open the door slowly and
                 exit the building.
•                If the door is warm or smoke is coming under or around the door, use towels, blankets or clothing
                 to seal around the door or vents to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1 if possible and notify them that of the
                 type of emergency, the address and that you’re trapped. To signal the fire departments, place a
                 cloth hanging outside the window or flash a flashlight to let firefighters know your location.
•                Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. This will prevent heat and smoke entering the room.

If a person or a pet is trapped inside a building, notify the firefighter first on scene. Do not attempt to rescue the trapped person.

Pearl River Hook and Ladder Firefighter John Redmond demonstrates various pieces of firefighting equipment for Fire Prevention Week, while Fire Commissioner Evan Devries talks to the children.   Picture by 2nd Chief Chauffeur Cory E. Clarkston (USN-Retired)

(Pearl River Hook and Ladder Firefighter John Redmond demonstrates various pieces of firefighting equipment for Fire Prevention Week, while Fire Commissioner Evan Devries talks to the children) 

Picture by 2nd Chief Chauffeur Cory E. Clarkston (USN-Retired)


To explore more information about fire safety, please visit the United States Fire Administration Website: www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/index.shtm

Extrication (148 Franklin Ave)

Posted on September 27, 2015

On September 27th, at 2:30 A.M. the Pearl River Fire Department was alerted to an Extrication at 148 Franklin Ave. One party was trapped in an overturned vehicle. Fire personnel quickly stabilized and safely extricated the individual from the vehicle.   

PRHS Bond Fire

Posted on September 18, 2015

On Friday September 18th, the Pearl River Fire Department covered the annual Pearl River High School bond fire. Fire Personnel provided fire protection during the event.  

Extrication (New York State Thruway)

Posted on August 21, 2015

On Tuesday July 21st, the Nanuet Fire Department requested the Pearl River Fire Department to assist them at multi-car accident on the New York State Thruway. The 12-1250 & 12-1500 responded to the incident, Pearl River’s crew assisted in extricating a young boy from a crushed minivan. The Thruway was closed for about twenty-five minutes until the operation was completed.     

Orangeburg Fire (Cortwood Village)

Posted on July 25, 2015

On Saturday July 25th  at 11:18 PM the Orangeburg Fire Department requested Pearl River’s Tower Ladder to the scene of a working fire at 1 Cortwood Village.  The fire destroyed more than a dozen apartments at the Cortwood Village senior housing complex. The fire quickly spread from the vinyl siding to the attic. Pearl River’s fire personnel assisted Orangebugh in the fire extinguishment.   


CSX Drill

Posted on July 23, 2015

On Thrusday July 23rd, the Orangeburg Fire Department held a multi-agency drill involving a CSX train on western Highway. The drill simulated a large-scale derailment of a CSX train. All of Orangetown’s Emergency Service organizations participated in the event. Pearl River’s Tower Ladder was utilized by extinguishing a simulated train car that was on fire. 

Structure Fire @ 5 Dove Street

Posted on May 25, 2015

At 20:36 hrs on Memorial Day, the Pearl River Fire Department was alerted to a structure fire at 5 Dove Street. Lieutenant Helmke was first on scene and advised fire control of a one-bedroom fire at 5 Dove Street. 12-Tower and the 12-1500   arrived simultaneously. The truck crew was placed on search and rescue operations and the engine stretched the line.  The fire was quickly extinguished and held to one room. All units were back in service by 22:00 hrs.