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, Captain, Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 (Webmaster)


12-78 Final Inspection

Posted on April 3, 2018

Last week, members of the new apparatus committee traveled to South Dakota to inspect our new ladder truck (12-78). The committee reviewed our specifications with Rosenbauer and preformed functionality testing while at the factory. Expected delivery: Early Summer 2018. 

John Bellew Memorial 5K

Posted on March 12, 2018

On April 14, 2018, The Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 is honored to host the annual John Bellew 5k & Kids' Fun Run. John Bellew, a New York City Firefighter who died on January 23, 2005, when he was forced to jump from a fourth-story building while battling a fire in the Bronx. He was a ten-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department who was assigned to Ladder Co. 27. John is survived by his wife, Eileen and four children, Brielle, Jack, Katreana and Kieran.


The John Bellew Memorial Fund purpose is to provide financial assistance to families of members of the FDNY and NYPD who have suffered from non-line of duty deaths.


John Bellew Memorial Run


Info / Registration: http://www.johnbellew.com


Registration begins at 9:00 AM

Kids Fun Run - 10:00 AM

Adult 5K - 11:00 AM

BBQ, Music and Games - 11:30


12-78 Update

Posted on March 9, 2018

Truck Update- Current Photo's 3-12-18

Final Inspection: 3-29-18 

Delivery Date: Early Summer 2018 

PSS Training

Posted on February 22, 2018

The Pearl River Fire Department conduced its yearly PSS (Personal Safety System) training. The Petzl Exo Personal Safety System provides Pearl River’s firefighters with a state of the art “bail out” device with is capable of assisting a firefighter in rapid escape in severe conditions. The PSS systems were sought for after the tragic events of “Black Sunday” when six New York City Firefighters, responding to a three-alarm fire, became trapped in a blazing Bronx apartment building. Four of the firefighters were seriously injured as they attempted to escape out a fourth story window and the two other suffered fatal injuries after falling nearly 50 feet. The Pearl River Fire Department has incorporated the same PSS device that the New York City Fire Department uses to protect their members.

Passing Of FF. John Poloni

Posted on January 1, 2018

John Poloni passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 28, 2017 surrounded by his children. He was born in Nogare, Italy on April 10, 1934 to Guerrino and Maria Poloni. John married Vera Germano in Candelo, Italy on August 29, 1954. He came to Pearl River to start his life with Vera in March, 1955.

John was a mason and with his partner, KarlHeino Bohn owned Germano and Son, Inc., a company started by his father-in-law, Silvio Germano in the 1940's. John was a 60 year member of Pearl River Hook and Ladder Company and an Honorary Member of Excelsior Engine Company. He was a simple, quiet man whose greatest pride was his family, his firehouse and his devotion to his community. He was affectionately known as "The Mayor." To his children he was, Dad and Daddy, to his friends he was John or Johnny, to his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and everyone else he was their Nonno. 

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Fetchik, his son, Leonard Poloni, his grandchildren, Nicholas D'Ambroso (Megan), Joseph Poloni (Tara), Gina Winston (John), Daniel Fetchik (Prisilla), Thomas Poloni (Lauren) and Krystina Poloni. He is also survived by 10 Great-Grandchildren, Jayla Freeman, Serenity Fetchik, Andrew D'Ambroso, Ryan Poloni, Taylor Poloni, Jonathan D'Ambroso, Lucas Cabrera, Mason Poloni, McKenna Winston and Tessa D'Ambroso, He is predeceased by his wife, Vera 9/21/1998, his nephew, Andre D'Ambroso 2/24/1994, his son-in-law, Robert Fetchik 3/4/2008 and his daughter-in-law, Donna Lope-Poloni 1/16/2008. "He was always kind to everyone and always wanted the best for his family, friends and everyone. He always put other people first before himself." (Serenity Vera Fetchik) 

The wake will be at Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home Pearl River, NY, Monday January 1 and Tuesday January 2, 2018 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am on Wednesday January 3, 2018 at St. Margaret of Antioch Church in Pearl River. Burial to follow at St. Anthony Cemetery, Nanuet, NY. He will always be remembered as father, son, grandpa, friend, husband, firefighter and great grandfather.

In lieu of flowers as per John's request, we ask that you make a donation in his memory to Pearl River Hook and Ladder Company PO Box 6 Pearl River, NY 10965. 


Funeral Home Inc. 

100 Franklin Avenue

Pearl River, NY 10965


Truck Update 12/20

Posted on December 27, 2017

Update: Photos of our new ladder truck being assembled by Rosenbauer Fire Apparatus. 

LODD Nyack Fire Department

Posted on December 19, 2017

The Officers and Members of Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 express our condolences for Firefighter David Jahnes who suffered a Line of Duty Death while responding to an alarm on North Broadway in Nyack. David was a sixteen-year member of the Nyack Fire Patrol and served as Captain of the Fire Patrol from 2008 to 2011. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Officers & Members of the Fire Patrol, Nyack Fire Department, and the Jahnes Family

Holiday Fire Safety

Posted on November 26, 2017

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. 

Truck Update 11/17

Posted on November 1, 2017

Update: Photos of our new ladder truck being assembled by Rosenbauer Fire Apparatus. The truck will travel to another Rosenbauser facility to begin body and aerial work.