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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 and PVAC Joint Response Training

On Tuesday May 31, the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 hosted two ambulances from the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps at their headquarters on Main Street for a mutual aid training / drill.  During the 90 minute class, PVAC medics led firefighters through the layout of the ambulance compartments, familiarizing them with the locations of different life-saving equipment, when it’s used and why.  The hands on training demonstrated everything from usage of backboards and stretchers, to the actual packaging of patients using braces, blocks and straps.  Firefighters were also refreshed on how to lift and carry victims, as well as proper use of PPE and disposal/tratement of contaminated materials.  Firefighters and Medics are often called upon to work together in many circumstances, whether it be at the scene of an accident, a mountain rescue, or to assist on the scene of a medical emergency.  Familiarity and cross-training of personnel from all agencies is key.

Tuesday evening’s class is the latest in a long series of mutual aid drills involving the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC) and the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 and was the conclusion of a very busy weekend for both agencies.  On Saturday evening PVAC and CSFC were both called to the scene of a P.I.A.A. involving a passenger vehicle vs. motorcycle on Route 9D in the Village.  The accident required an airlift of a patient by STAT-FLIGHT and not only involved the two local Cold Spring agencies on scene but also the procurement of a landing zone by the North Highlands Engine Co. 1.  CSFC was also called to an additional traffic accident at approximately 1am on Saturday morning on the Garrison line, and an activated automatic fire alarm on Saturday morning at approximately 11am.  Both agencies (CSFC/PVAC) also responded to a traffic accident Sunday evening at the Cold Spring Train Station, and a mountain rescue on Bull Hill late Monday evening – to round out a very busy Holiday.

In addition all local Emergency Services marched in honor of the Nation’s Veterans on Monday morning up Main Street to the Cold Spring Cemetery.

*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 Resonds to P.I.A.A. Car vs. Motorcycle

On Saturday May 28th at approximately 5:30pm, the Cold Spring Fire Company was called to the scene of a personal injury auto accident on Route 9D on Chestnut Street near the former Butterfield Hospital and Chestnut Ridge Apartments.  Upon arrival firefighters of the CSFC found a late model Honda Hybrid with front end damage, and a downed motorcycle.  Assisted by medics from the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, firefighters quickly assisted in transporting the rider of the downed motorcycle via ambulance to a landing zone secured by the North Highlands Fire Department on the grounds of the Butterfield property.  The injured motorcyclist was then transported by Stat-Flight to Westchester Medical Center with unknown injuries.  The driver of the Hybrid, a delivery car for a local eatery, sustained minor injuries.

CSFC Mountain Rescue – Hands On Training

On Saturday morning, May 22nd firefighters of the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 gathered to complete part two of the mountain rescue informational course that was begun on Tuesday May 17th.  After  a brief breakfast, and introductory GPS demo, firefighters departed the headquarters in the Company Brush Truck (13-3-1) and Polaris Ranger ATV (13-3-2) and headed to the Washburn Trailhead (white trail) just north of Cold Spring, near Little Stony Point (Sandy Beach).  Firefighters entered the white trail with 13-3-2, clearing downed trees from the path as they continued up the mountain to the old Hudson River Stone Corporation Quarry (abandoned in 1967) – where they all continued on foot a bit farther to an overlook of the Village of Cold Spring.

Afterward, the group continued farther north on Route 9D to the Brook Trailhead (red trail) located just south of Breackneck Tunnel.  Here they entered the woods and continued up the red trail, through the ruins of the Cornish Estate, to the crossing of the New York City Aqueduct, before looping around on the Cornish Trail (blue trail) and back to the trail head.

The objective of this short hike was to familiarize firefighters with a few of the different trail heads that we frequently utilize to initiate rescue operations, and to insure that the woods roads and trails were clear of debris.  It also served as a good team building exercise, and allowed firefighters to get a feel for carrying rescue equipment up the rugged terrain of the area.

The Hudson Highlands is one of the most popular hiking and outdoor destinations on the East Coast.  It is also one of the most difficult hiking/climbing areas in the country.  We ask that people please review the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation guidelines and recommendations before you set out on the trail.  You may find maps and other info here.  Be prepared!


CSFC Hosts Joint Mountain Rescue Class with PVAC

On Tuesday May 17th, the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 held a basic mountain rescue informational meeting for it’s members and members of the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corp.  Due to our geographic location in the Hudson Highlands, and the influx of tourists and hikers seeking to climb the trails of the surrounding peaks, the Cold Spring Fire Company responds on numerous “mountain related” calls.  These range from lost hikers who have entered the trail system ill prepared and who become disoriented due to darkness, to injured persons who may trip or fall, to forest fires that spring up during the dry seasons.

The class was well attended by both Companies, as the instructor Cold Spring Assistant Chief Matt Steltz led the group through a brief history of the area, descriptions and maps of the different terrain of the Hudson Highlands and closed by giving a walk through of the different medical and emergency response equipment that is utilized.  This class was given with the cooperation of PVAC, since on many occasions they are called upon to climb alongside the Fire Personnel in the case of a medical emergency.

The Hudson Highlands is one of the most popular hiking and outdoor destinations on the East Coast.  It is also one of the most difficult hiking/climbing areas in the country.  We ask that people please review the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation guidelines and recommendations before you set out on the trail.  You may find maps and other info here.  Be prepared!

A Statement From the Members of the CSFC No.1

For one hundred and fifteen years the Cold Spring Fire Co. No 1 has proudly served the residents of the area.  Formed in 1896 by nineteen private businessmen, the Fire Company was incorporated with the sole intent to provide fire protection to the residents of the Village of Cold Spring.  From its inception the Fire Company has been a non-political entity, in that we officially take no stance on political matters – especially in local politics.  That being said, the Membership of the Fire Company would like to go on record to put to rest two issues that have been somewhat misquoted publicly, and to a certain extent politicized.

First, on the issue of keys to the Company headquarters:  The President of the Fire Company first approached the issue of changing our locks nearly six months ago.  That was far before any political elections or discussions about associate members.  The reasoning behind the change was two-fold.  One, the locks to the building had not been changed in many years and there was no accurate accountability of who had access to the building.  Members had come and gone, keys were passed on, lost and duplicated.  Two, the locks were changed stemming from a notice and conversation the Company had with our insurance carrier who had inquired about how we were protecting and securing member’s personal information, including related health information.  It was suggested that any weaknesses in that system be addressed, and they were.  The locks were changed; keys were numbered and distributed to members – including the Village of Cold Spring.  We believe that this entire issue has been one huge miscommunication between the Mayor and the Fire Company.  The Mayor has stated we have denied him and the Police Department a key to our headquarters, this is false.  Rather, we had asked that the Village make a written request for keys in order to provide a record of who at Village Hall had access to our building.  Anything less would defeat the purpose of attempting to provide accurate accountability.

Secondly, we would like to state that it has been an honor and a pleasure marching with the Cold Spring Fire Company Pipe and Drum Band for the past five years.  In that time, we counted ourselves among a select few Fire Companies that had the distinction of associating with a band who marched under the Company Banner.  From the New York City Tartan Parade, onstage with the Chieftains at Carnegie Hall, to the yearly Memorial Day Parade – the Fire Company was represented.  During that time, however, the band was operating as “unofficial” members of the Cold Spring Fire Company. On numerous occasions we requested a complete band membership list and most importantly medical physicals for marching band members.  These requests went unanswered.  Dating back to May of 2007 the Fire Company requested this information and it was furnished incompletely and no proposals for Associate Membership were ever presented to the Fire Company for approval.  Starting in the fall of last year, again at the urging of our insurance company, we attempted to rectify these issues by telling the band we could no longer allow them to march for us without the needed documentation and that they would have to officially join the company as Associate Members.  After meeting with the Pipe Band Officers four separate times, they decided to rename their organization, form a new non-profit entity and find a new practice space, however still maintain a connection to the Fire Company by playing at member funerals and allowing us a reduced rate for parades.  Again, it was difficult to see the “Cold Spring Fire Company Pipe and Drum Band” cease to exist, but it was in the best interest of the Fire Company and the Band to maintain a connection, yet have them form a different entity with its own rules, regulations, and financial accounts.

In conclusion, the membership of the Cold Spring Fire Company would like to reiterate that we are not a political organization, and our mission is one of fire suppression and safety for all residents in the community.  We ask that political matters be left to the politicians, and that we the fire fighters be left to those duties upon which our company was founded.

Always Vigilant,

The Membership of the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1.

(Also reprinted in the May 11th issue of the Putnam County News and Recorder as a Letter to the Editor)