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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:


Junior Firefighter Academy (Day 4)


The weather held out for us today, as we traveled by coach bus across Putnam County to the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services building in Carmel. Here our recruits received a tour of the 911 center and the Emergency Preparedness Facility. Robert Cuomo and Adam Steibeling of PCBES, led our students through the facility, explaining the process behind what happens when someone dials 911 in Putnam County.

After leaving the PCBES Building our recruits were treated to a catered lunch at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Carmel – then marched next door to the Putnam County Fire Training Center where they were greeted by the Brewster Fire Department’s 11-5-1, 100′ tower ladder. After a short explanation of the ladder truck, our junior firefighter’s were each brought approximately 50′ in the air within the bucket of the ladder truck!

As the ladder demonstration was winding down, our last and final visitors arrived VIA AIR! The break in the weather allowed a window for the Westchester Medical Center STAT Flight helicopter to drop in for a visit and our recruits stood watch as the crew of the copter maneuvered their bird into the training center parking lot. After touch down, they were allowed to tour and crawl through the helicopter and ask questions of the pilot and crew.

In all it was a successful and eventful day!


Junior Firefighter Academy (Day 3)


Today our recruits had lectures in what type of departments and companies make up the fire service, what different trucks are used (i.e. pumpers, tankers, ladders, etc.), and the personal protective equipment (PPE) that firefighters wear. This included a demonstration of the steps that a firefighter goes through upon responding to a fire call and explaining what each piece of equipment – from bunker gear to breathing apparatus (SCBA Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) – is used for and properly worn. They were then instructed in bicycle safety by the Village of Cold Spring Police. In the afternoon the junior firefighters marched down to the waterfront were they got a hands on demonstration, taking charge and controlling live hose lines and spraying water into the Hudson.

Junior Firefighter Academy (Day 2)

On Tuesday our Junior Firefighters were joined by members of the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Rombout Fire Department and the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company. Recruits were shown how to properly use a fire extinguisher, how to get out of a burning building and were introduced to Bonnie and Dax, two NYS Search and Rescue dogs. In the afternoon, we were joined by Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance as recruits learned basic first aid and CPR.

Sprinkler House

Junior Firefighter Academy 2012 off to a great start!

As we write, there are 54 Junior Firefighter cadets being shaped into tomorrow’s volunteers and leaders.  The 10th anniversary installment of the Academy began this morning with a buzz of activity here at the headquarters on Main Street, and will be continuing each day this week between 9am and 3pm.

Check back for updates throughout the week!

10th Annual Fire Academy Starts Monday 7/23!

The Cold Spring Fire Company in connection with the Town of Philipstown Recreation Department will be holding their 10th Annual Junior Firefighter Academy. The Academy will be held for one week, July 23rd — 27th and is open to Philipstown residents in grades 4 through 8th. Classes begin at 9am each day and end at 3pm.

The Junior Firefighters are issued uniforms and photo ID tags that have be worn at all times during their attendance at the Academy. Throughout the week the Junior Firefighters received training from Firefighters,  EMT’s and Paramedics in Fire Cause and Prevention,  Fire Safety,  Firefighting equipment and its usage,  CPR and First Aid, Importance of Teamwork, Physical Fitness and Marching just to name a few.

Due to the importance of these subjects, training is taken very seriously! If a junior firefighter acts out of line or is disrespectful, punishment may be issued. Such punishment consists of push ups and running extra laps and or writing what they did wrong several times and how they won’t do it again.

The Academy also takes field trips to the County 911 and Fire training center as well as the Fire Museum in Hudson. This year we will be celebrating our anniversary with a firefighter parade and a formal graduation ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, July 28 starting at 9:15am. Upon graduating from the Academy, each student receives certification as a Junior Firefighter as well as certified training in First Aid and CPR.

As a Junior Firefighter, each child will hold an important role in the Fire Safety of their families, school and fellow classmates. During Fire Prevention week, each Junior Firefighter will be entitled to assist the Fire Department in educating the other students in school as well as the rest of the community.

The academy cost is estimated at $100 per student, However due to generous donations from the community, all of the students attend for free.

This Academy is a new approach to Fire Prevention Education and may be extended to other age groups in the future. Interested parties are asked to contact the Fire Department for details.

For more information about this program contact:

Academy Director Dan Valentine at (845) 265-9241 or email at

For registration contact the Philipstown Recreation Department at (845)-424-4618.