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Welcome to Cold Spring Fire Co. No 1

The Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 is located in the Village of Cold Spring, Putnam County New York.  We proudly protect 3500 people living in an area of 5 square miles.  We operate out of a headquarters located at 154 Main Street that protects a primarily residential area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a volunteer status.  We have an ISO rating of 5.

The Cold Spring Fire Company has a total of 125 men and woman and are led by Chief Matt Steltz and President Michael Bowman.  We respond on approximately 150 calls per year providing fire protection to the residents of the Villages of Cold Spring, Nelsonville and the Philipstown/Cold Spring Fire District. For information on joining, call the Firehouse at 845-265-9241 or email at:


CSFC Ventilation Drill

On Tuesday evening Cold Spring Firefighters gathered at the Village Municipal Garage for a tools training and familiarization session, focusing on saws and roof ventilation. The focus of the drill was to teach firefighters proper use and handling of gas powered chainsaws and roof saws. This was accomplished by allowing members to demonstrate proper cutting skills by cutting wood pallets that stood in place of roof panels.

On the fire scene, firefighters may be tasked with “ventilating a roof” by cutting a hole with a roof saw or other means. This is done as part of a larger tactical plan in order to allow heat, smoke and gases to ventilate from a structure. If done correctly it will ease interior conditions and allow advancement of hoselines or search teams. Things such as proper depth of the cut, location of the cut, roof angle, etc. are essential in determining the effectiveness of the ventilation – and most importantly are essential in assuring the safety of firefighters on the roof, in the structure and on the fire ground.

*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

CSFC Participates in Philipstown-wide Emergency Services Extrication Drill

On Thursday evening, September 15th, Garrison Volunteer Fire Company hosted a town-wide extraction drill in the parking lot/training area of their headquarters on Route 9. Setup as a simulation of a large accident scene, four passenger cars and their victims were positioned in the parking lot, each having their own scenarios and sets of obstacles. After a brief introduction by Garrison Chief Bill Rimm, who established the parameters of the training exercise, approximately 70 firefighters from all four Philipstown fire services (CSFC, GVCF, Continental Village FD, North Highlands Engine Company), as well as medics from Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp and Garrison Volunteer Ambulance, went to work.  To bring a sense of realism to the exercise, apparatus was staged down the road at the Garrison Ambulance Corps and directed to the accident scene by Department Chiefs who established an Incident Command within the Garrison Fire headquarters.

Upon arrival, the crew from Cold Spring Fire Company encountered  a passenger sedan/station wagon with multiple injured victims, including a partial ejection.  After an initial sizeup and assessment report to the Incident Commander and medics on scene, Cold Spring firefighters went about securing the vehicle and beginning the extraction process.  Utilizing the rescue tools (predominantly the hydraulic Jaws and spreaders) located in the forward bumper of 13-2-1, one crew went about removing the drivers side door, while another focused on removing the windshield and treating the partially ejected victim.  During the removal of the drivers side door, Chief Rimm informed Cold Spring that their hydraulics had “gone out” – disabling their hydraulic tools and forcing the Cold Spring crew to step back and reassess the situation.  It was then deemed that the quickest and safest way to extricate  the remaining victim was through the rear hatch of the station wagon, a process that was well underway when Cold Spring’s hydraulics “suddenly returned.”  This twist to the scenario is one not unheard of on real accident scenes, and each crew on the training ground was presented with unplanned “surprises”.  With hydraulics returned, the driver’s side door was quickly popped open, the patient was secured and mobilized by members of Garrison Ambulance.

In the time remaining Cold Spring officers used their vehicle to teach some of their newer and junior members different extrication techniques, including door removal and opening up of the passenger compartment by “rolling the roof.”

In all the drill lasted approximately 90 mins, and was followed by a brief critique and debriefing.  Afterwards a very generous dinner was provided by the Garrison Fire Company.

*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

Putnam County Communities Qualify for FEMA Assistance


In the wake of Hurricane Irene, Putnam County was recently declared eligible for financial assistance from FEMA for damages caused during the storm event. Putnam County now joins a host of other North East localities seeking assistance from FEMA, mainly due to the extreme flooding caused by the torrential rains. For more info please contact the Town of Philipstown (845)265-3329.

Info in the Putnam Examiner.

*Photos provided by Lee Erickson.

CSFC Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Cold Spring Firefighters and their families spent 9/11/11 remembering the events of ten years past and the victims and heroes who lost their lives on that day and in the subsequent days and years since, defending our country.

The day began with a Memorial Service at McConville Park’s “Freedom Garden” where a wreath was laid by members of the Cold Spring Fire Company near a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. In attendance were numerous firefighters, police officers, members of the VFW, soldiers, politicians and members of the community who listened to a brief memorial service and words by Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith.

Later in the day members of Cold Spring Fire Company gathered at the pavilion at Mayor’s Park for a Family Day Picnic, where over fifty firefighters and their families enjoyed some great barbeque and entertainment. The picnic was a much welcomed “thank you” to all of our volunteer firefighters – and especially their families – who sacrifice so much in their daily lives to protect our community.

*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

Hurricane Irene Hits Cold Spring / Philipstown Area

Water pouring from a manhole cover on Main Street.

It was an exhausting non-stop weekend for the Cold Spring Fire Company.  Beginning around 8 am on Sunday August, 28 and continuing into Tuesday morning, firefighters from CSFC responded to dozens of calls for flooding conditions, wires down, fallen trees, water rescues, propane leaks and other storm related conditions.  The Company headquarters opened it’s doors to a handful of residents who sought shelter during the peak of the flooding conditions, especially on Lower Main Street, which many long time residents stated “was at the worst they’ve ever seen.”  At it’s peak the water level at the Hudson River waterfront was at the top step or above the porches of the waterfront condos and Hudson House.  These condos were built to withstand flooding from a “100 year storm event” and it looks as though that prediction was accurate.  Other major flooding conditions existed on Main Street, Cedar Street, Fair Street, Route 9D, Route 9, 301 and Fishkill Road – basically isolating the Village of Cold Spring – until early Monday morning.

We ask that residents with any photos of the storm or the Fire Company in action during the event, please email

Kiwi, a kitten rescued from the Lower Main Street flooding who was sheltered along with her family at the Company HQ.

Deputy Mayor Bruce Campbell and CS Firefighter Peter Allen on Cedar St.

*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