Approximately 50 firefighters and apparatus from Cold Spring Fire Company, North Highlands Engine Company and Garrison Volunteer Fire Company gathered at the Cold Spring waterfront on Tuesday evening for a joint mutual aid drill. The gathering, hosted by CSFC, and jointly conducted by CSFC Captain Josh DiNardo and NHEC Captain Jim Matero, focused on demonstrations and hands on training involving each agency’s apparatus, personnel and preplans.
Specifically, Captains Matero and DiNardo led the gathered firefighters through a series of exercises ranging from portable pool operations, feeding pumpers/primary attack from pools, explaining drafting operations – both from pools and from other sources such as the Hudson River or lakes, positioning of apparatus and equipment, and the use and operation of dry hydrants.
Firefighting infrastructure differs greatly throughout Philipstown. Whereas the Village of Cold Spring is predominantly served by a municipal water system (hydrants), in North Highlands and Garrison territories those type of water sources are at a minimum. Instead, historically these companies have depended on a system of tankers, dry hydrants and portable pools. Due to water flow issues in the Village, the CSFC has also incorporated larger water capacity into it’s newest piece of apparatus, with the new 2-1 carrying 2500 gallons of water. As a result, during any major incident in Philipstown tanker ops play an intricate and crucial role. As part of standard county mutual aid agreements and agency preplans (building/location/incident specific scenarios) certain apparatus are automatically dispatched from neighboring companies to respond in conjuncture with the primary company. In Cold Spring, for large structure fires mutual aid companies respond with tankers (more water) and ladders (for large elevation structures) – this system was in operation for the 2009 Christmas Eve fire which saw tankers coming from North Highlands, Garrison and Continental Village, as well as a ladder truck from the Village of Fishkill.
In all, the 90 minute training utilized equipment and manpower from all three agencies and simulated the communications and logistics required at a large scale mutual aid fire scene.
The CSFC would like to thank the firefighters and officers from North Highlands and Garrison that participated, and also extend our appreciation to the businesses and residents near the waterfront and Dockside property.
*Interested in volunteering? Fill out an application, stop by on one of our drill nights (every Tuesday @ 7:30pm) or give us a call 265-9241