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)


Holiday Fire Safety

Posted on December 11, 2016

Holiday lights and other decorative lighting caused an average of one hundred and seventy residential fires each year. Holiday trees, lights, ornaments, candles, and fireplaces create additional hazards within the home. Although these fires are uncommon, when they occur, they are very dangerous. Every year many individuals are injured or killed by improperly installed or damaged holiday decorations.

During any holiday, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure a fire safe holiday. When purchasing a natural tree, make sure the tree is fresh; do not purchase one that is dry. To test if a tree is dry, bend the needles; if the needle breaks it is dry. If the needles bend, it is fresh. Also ask if the tree’s trunk can be cut off by one or two inches. When home place the tree in a stable holder, and fill the holder with water. Check the holder every day for water; if the water is low, fill the tree holder with water. Keeping the tree away from sources of heat will prevent the tree from drying out. When using tree lights inspect them carefully, new or old for any damage; make sure they are certified and properly connected to a timer. After the holiday, remove the tree as soon as possible. 

When using any electrical decorations, use only certified flame resistance decorations. Check wiring on all your electrical decorations before displaying them. Try to avoid using extension cords, and place all electrical decorations on timers to conserve energy and avoid overheating. 

Winter Safety (Fire Hydrants)

Posted on December 1, 2016

In the event of a fire emergency during the winter, could firefighters find the hydrant near your home? Is nearest hydrant buried under snow? The Pearl River Fire Department would like if residents could “adopt a fire hydrant” near there home and keep snow away from it during the winter season. This will ensure hydrants are readily visible for firefighters, which will greatly speed the response time in case of an emergency. Residents who have hydrants nearby are asked to clear enough snow around a hydrant so that it is visible from the street.

                       Uncovered Hydrant                                 VS                                 Covered Hydrant                                                                                                                                                        

 Your help is greatly appreciated!

For more information email the Webmaster at sruocco@pearlriverfdco1.org

Car Vs House

Posted on November 22, 2016

On Tuesday, November 22nd at 13:09 hours the Pearl River Fire Department responded to a Car into a house with unknown injuries. Although; no major injuries were recorded, the house sustained quite some damage due to the accident. Fire Units secured the vehicle and the utilities to the home

MVA Central Ave

Posted on September 15, 2016

On Thursday, September 15th at 16:05 hours the Pearl River Fire Department responded to an MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) Rollover on Central Ave.  Orangetown Police confirmed that one individual was entrapped in the vehicle.  The patient was removed by EMS and was assisted by fire personnel. 

MVA Orangeburg Road

Posted on August 27, 2016

On Saturday, August 27th at 5:06 AM the Pearl River Fire Department responded to an MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) Car vs. Tree on Orangeburg Road in Pearl River. Orangetown Police confirmed that one individual was severely pinned in an overturned vehicle, which also struck a tree. Our Hurst edraulics rescue tools were used to remove the driver’s side doors and spread frame in two critical spots. The victim was removed and transported to Westchester Medical Center


Extrication (Veterans Memorial Parkway)

Posted on August 13, 2016

On Saturday, August 13th the Pearl River Fire Department responded to an MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) Car vs. Tree on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Pearl River. PD and EMS units informed FD that one individual was heavily pinned inside the vehicle. Due to the intrusion into the diver's footwell Fire Units had to remove the door, roof and conduct a dash roll to free the victim.  

Rockland County Extrication Competition

Posted on July 23, 2016

On Saturday, July 23rd, The Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. participated in the first annual Rockland County extrication field day. Our members employed new extrication equipment and practiced advanced techniques during the drill.

Structure Fire (West Naurashaun Ave.)

Posted on July 18, 2016

On Monday, July 18th, at approximately 5:14 AM the Pearl River Fire Department was dispatched to a reported Structure Fire on West Naurashaun Ave. It was quickly confirmed by LT. Sullivan (12-5-2)to be a garage fire that was fully involved. Due to a large amount of fire, protecting exposures was a critical objective. The fire was extinguished by firefighters with minimal damage to adjacent buildings.

Extrication (Ehrhardt Road)

Posted on July 16, 2016

On Saturday, July 16th at 01:19 hours the Pearl River Fire Department responded to an MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) Car vs. Telephone Pole on Ehrardt Road in Pearl River. Orangetown Police confirmed that one individual was pinned and was required to be extricated. Due to the severity of the incident, a rapid extrication was performed. A vertical crush of the door was used to gain access to the nader pin, which allowed us to quickly remove the driver's side door. Paramedics remove the unconscious victim and transported him to Westchester Medical Center.