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 Training

Posted on October 21, 2018

On October 21st, the officers and chauffeurs spent some time going over pump operations on 12-78 with @garrisonfirerescue. It is crucial that all drivers be qualified and capable of operating the pump and aerial prior to the vehicle placed in service. We are hoping to see 12-78 placed in service by the end of November

12-78 Deilvery

Posted on September 13, 2018

On Thursday 9-13-18, the Officers and Members of Pearl River Hook & Ladder Co. # 1 accepted delivery of our new Rosenbauer 78’ Ladder Truck (12-78).  The 78 replaced a Rescue Engine (12-1750), which served the Pearl River community for over 23 years. During the next few weeks, our members will conduct familiarizing training to prepare the new truck for service.


Special thanks to the PRH&L 12-78 Truck Committee, which spent countless hours of planning to complete this project!



Memorial Dedication

Posted on August 8, 2018

On August 8th, 12-Tower had the honor of displaying the American Flag for a Vietnam War Memorial Dedication Ceremony.

PIP Car Fire

Posted on July 29, 2018

Around Midnight on July 29th, the Pearl River Fire Department was dispatched to a reported car fire on the Palisades Interstate Parkway. 12-1 arrived on scene and confirmed a fully involved fire. PRFD units quickly extinguished the car fire

78 Magnolia

Posted on July 21, 2018

On July 21st, The Pearl River Fire Department was notified of a structure fire at 78 Magnolia by one of our members. 12-2 responded and confirmed that there was heavy smoke showing from the rear of the house. The crew from 12-2000 stretched two lines, while the crew from 12-Tower conducted a search of the house. PRFD & Mutual Aid units quickly knocked down the fire.    

Rivervale FD Drill

Posted on July 19, 2018

On July 19th, Rivervale FD (New Jersey) hoisted the Pearl River FD for a department drill. We trained on truck & engine operations at a strip mall that is in the process of demolished. Special Thanks to the officers and members of the Rivervale FD for this amazing opportunity, we look forward to working together again in the future.

Standpipe Drill

Posted on July 14, 2018

On July 14th, Capt. Ruocco discussed standpipe operations. Our custom made standpipe prop allows for the simulated use of a Fire Department Connection (FDC), which would be located outside of a building and allows the FD to connected to Standpipe & Sprinkler Systems within the fire building

Car Fire Pit & Engine Drill @ RCFTC

Posted on June 7, 2018

Drill Night: Members utilized the Car Fire Prop & Burn Building to review engine tactics. Using the propane car fire prop members are able to work on approaching a working car fire, hose line advancement techniques. Our Chauffeurs also had the opportunity to review and operate the pump. 

Roof Prop @ RCFTC

Posted on May 24, 2018

Drill Night: Rockland County Fire Training Center.  Members drilled on roof ventilation. Using the roof props they where able to cut and vent peaked roofs from a ground ladder as well as the bucket of 12-tower. As well as venting flat roofs using a k12 or partner saw. Our Chauffeur officers (12-5-4 and 12-5-5) took advantage of the trip to the FTC by pumping 12-1250 with one of the driver trainees.