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)


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. 

Res-Q-Jack Traning

Posted on October 14, 2017

On October 14th five members attended “Stabilization University” at the Bergen County Fire Academy. Stabilization University educates firefighters in the latest techniques vehicle stabilization and proper use of the Res-Q-Jack equipment. Each member became proficient in; stabilization and lifting concepts, controlled roll and advanced rollover techniques, and large vehicle lifting and other complex scenarios. 

Car Into House / Structure Fire (Sickletown Road)

Posted on October 6, 2017

      On October 6th at 02:08 hours, the Pearl River Fire Department was dispatched to a car into a house at 2 Sickletown Road, Pearl River. 44- Control advised Chief Matt Lewis (12-1) that a car was confirmed to be lodged into the house with a possible occupant trapped. Orangetown Police advised that the vehicle was now on fire. When 12-1 arrived, Chief Lewis quickly upgraded the incident as a working structure fire. 

      12-Tower, 12-1500 and 12-1250 responded to the scene. Their crews began fire suppression. While attacking the car fire, 1st Lt. Shaun Ruocco (12-5-1) and Captain Kevin Smellegar (12-4) noticed the car severed the gas service to the house. The severed gas line was feeding the fire, causing it to spread.  As the incident progressed the fire auto-exposed into the 1st floor and attic of the home.  With the help of our mutual aid companies the fire was extinguished within the hour.

       The Nanuet FD, Orangeburg FD, West Nyack FD, Nyack FD, Tappan FD, Montvale FD, the Rockland County Technical Rescue Team responded. Pearl River Ambulance and Rockland Paramedic Services provided EMS coverage. The South Spring Valley fire department provided fire coverage while Pearl River units were working the incident.


Fire Prevention Month

Posted on October 1, 2017

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

Truck Update

Posted on August 30, 2017

Attached are construction and progress photos on our new Ladder Truck. Work has been started on the cab of the Vehicle.