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)


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. 

Aluf Plastics

Posted on May 6, 2018

On Sunday, May 6that 3:05 am, 12-Tower was requested to Aluf Plastics in Orangeburg (Department 11) for an unknown type inside. Upon arrival the Tower crew was sent to the roof to inspect vents for any fire, once that task was completed the Tower crew assisted in the entry of an air-filtration unit which was the source of the fire. 

Burn Building @ RCFTC

Posted on May 3, 2018

Drill Night: Live Fire Training at the Rockland County Fire Training Center. Members utilized the Burn Building to simulate a house fire. They worked on primary searches, stretching and operating a hose line as well as VES (Vent Enter Search) techniques. We are always looking for new members, if you are interested in joining stop by the firehouse, contact us through social media or email Recruitment@pearlriverfdco1.org 

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