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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:


Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 earns Life Safety Achievement Award for 2nd year in a row

Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation.

“The heroic efforts of our local fire service aren’t limited to rushing into burning buildings to save families. They also present educational information to local schools and other community groups to make sure people know how to respond to fires and how to prevent them in the first place,” said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special Investigations for Grinnell Mutual. “The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year.”

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 is one of 142 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2013 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year. In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths. The NASFM Foundation is committed to reducing that number.

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires,” Browning said. “Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression. The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages them to continually improve upon those efforts.”




2014 Elected Officers

On Tuesday, December 1, 2013, the Cold Spring Fire Company held it’s annual election of officers. The membership thanked Chief Matthew Steltz and President Michel Bowman for their service to the company and awarded Stephen Etta with the Firefighter of the Year Award. The following is a list of incoming officers:

President – John Landolfi

Vice President – Joseph Russo

Treasurer – Thomas Valentine

Secretary – Lillian Moser


Joseph Etta,  John Falloon, Ralph Landolfi, Richard Tomlins, Daniel A. Valentine and Daniel J. Valentine

Chief – Joshua Dinardo

Assistant Chief – Stephen Smith

Captain – Matthew Steltz

Lieutenant – Mike Wojtusiak

Lieutenant – Peter Allen

Lieutenant – Michael Etta

CSFC Announces 2012 Firefighter of the Year

At their January 8th membership meeting, the Cold Spring Fire Company presented Salvatore Baisley with the Firefighter of the Year Award. Throughout the past year, Salvatore exhibited exceptional service and dedication to his community and to the Cold Spring Fire Company. Salvatore has been a top responder to firematic calls, consistently assisted with activities related to the fire company, and overall demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to public service.

(Photo by Dawn Baisley – Pictured Chief Matt Steltz, Firefighter Baisley and President Michael Bowman)

CSFC 2012 Appeal


Before the traumatic events of Hurricane Sandy a few weeks ago, the Cold Spring Fire Company was out in full swing for our 2012 Annual Appeal to the Philipstown Community. In the wake of the storm we have been doing our best to assist folks in our local community, and throughout the tri-state area. Please take a moment to read our appeal letter. To those members of the community who have already donated, we thank you and will be taking an ad out in the local newspapers to acknowledge all of our supporters in the near future.

Donations can be mailed to the Cold spring Fire Company, 154 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516.


Dear Neighbors,

For over one-hundred and sixteen years the men and women of the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 have provided professional, well trained and fiscally responsible fire protection to the citizens of Cold Spring, Nelsonville and Philipstown. From our humble beginnings in 1896, when 19 civic minded citizens banded together to form the Cold Spring Hose Company, to the approximate 120 volunteer members of today, the CSFC has always been there in times of emergency. In the past year we have responded to over 150 calls for assistance ranging from structure fires, to mountain rescues – including numerous extreme weather events that caused flooding and wide spread power outages. On more than one occasion we opened our doors to those who were displaced, stranded or needed shelter. We never know what your emergency may be, so we must be prepared for everything.

We understand that times are tough. All of our volunteers either live or work in our community. We read the newspapers, we pay taxes. We know that the cost of living has risen. It has for us and our families too. That is the reason why fiscal responsibility has always been at the forefront of everything we do. Throughout our history, the Cold Spring Fire Company has successfully raised and saved funds to buy every new piece of equipment we have purchased, at no additional cost to the taxpayers. For example we recently combined the duties of two outdated fire-trucks into one new apparatus. In doing so we effectively saved approximately half a million dollars in possible tax burden. At a time when other departments are expanding equipment and operating costs, we are looking for ways to provide more cost effective fire protection, doing more with less.

Moving ahead the Cold Spring Fire Company will remain focused on the needs of the taxpayers we protect. Even though we have been fiscally responsible throughout our history, the burden of filling the gap between our operating budget and that money supplied to us by the municipalities that we protect, falls upon our shoulders. We are seeking donations from you, the community we serve and protect, to help us with that burden.

Looking toward the future, we are very excited by the prospect of constructing a new Company headquarters on Main Street. Our membership takes great pride in being in the center of the Village, and we are in the process of assessing the costs of equipping, maintaining and outfitting a new building for the needs of 21st century firefighting. Regardless of quarters, there are also federally mandated laws that govern equipment replacement, and we are currently in the initial phases of replacing all of our turn-out gear and breathing apparatus (SCBA) that are quickly approaching their service limits. This is a process that will reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. Last year your donations helped to equip 8 of our interior fire-fighters with new turnout gear, helmets and boots, a cost in excess of $1200 per volunteer. This is but the first stage of many.
Please give what you can; we see to it that every dollar goes a long way!

Thank you,

The Membership of the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1

*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 Assists in Storm Relief

A group of volunteers, assisted by members of the Cold Spring Fire Company, made a journey to Queens today in order to deliver food, water, clothing, and other essentials to those in need after Hurricane Sandy impacted the NYC area. What began as a few independent collection efforts, spread via word of mouth and social media and produced a large amount of donated materials over the past few days.

This morning two heavy duty pickup trucks, towing a private 12 foot trailer and the Cold Spring Fire Company Special Ops trailer, departed the Cold Spring Fire Company en route to a shelter in Far Rockaway, Queens. Upon arrival our volunteers were asked if they would instead push further towards the shore, crossing the bridge onto Rockaway Beach where food and clothing were in need. Arriving they joined in with members of FEMA, the NYPD, NYFD and numerous volunteers to distribute the collected materials to residents.

We would like to thank Christine Peterson, Kristin DeMarco and family, Steve Burke Electric (who donated his truck and trailer to the effort), Laurie Marigliano, Tara Quinn and the Membership of the Cold Spring Fire Company for their efforts.

There are still many people in need, and the devastation that we witnessed today was staggering. We are currently assessing the viability of another run of supplies into the City or surrounding area, and are still accepting donations at the Fire Company for a future effort – or we will route the materials to the proper agencies / drop areas. For more information call the firehouse (845)265-9241 or Company President Michael Bowman (845)476-4373.