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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 Responds to Large Brush Fire


At approximately 5:20pm on March 14th, Cold Spring firefighters were called to a “large brush fire near a residence” off of Indian Brook Road in a portion of Philipstown covered by the CSFC. Upon arrival, firefighters found a rather large fire that had spread down a hillside, consuming a large tract of yard and forest. Volunteers went to work clearing a fire line around the effected area and extinguishing the bulk of the fire. Firefighters from North Highlands Engine Company were called in for support and to provide an extra source of water to the effort. In all, firefighters were on scene for approximately four hours mopping up hot spots and an additional two hours back at quarters cleaning, servicing and repacking equipment.

Video of Brush Fire Extension

The Cold Spring Fire Company would like to remind residents, that due to the decreased precipitation and snowfall this winter, we are starting the year in an unusually dry state and that burning of leaves and brush in New York State is illegal.

*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

Cold Water / Ice Rescue Joint Training with NHFD


On Tuesday February 21st, upwards of thirty firefighters from the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 and the North Highlands Engine Co. No.1 gathered at the North Highlands Headquarters on Fishkill Rd. for a joint training exercise focusing on cold water and ice rescues.  Beginning with a powerpoint classroom presentation led by NHFD Chief Pat Scherer and 1st Lieutenant Barbra Vivenzio, the gathered firefighters were led through the “typical” stages of a possible ice rescue scenario.  Topics ranged from the different types of ice found on our area’s wide range of water bodies – from pack ice on the river to the types that might be found on stagnant ponds and lakes, to the different types of ice that form depending on temperature, weather conditions, snow pack, etc.  Lieutenant Vivenzio then took over and gave a brief overview of hypothermia and EMS response to a cold water rescue.

After the classroom, the firefighters utilized the NHFD appatus room as a “frozen lake” and simulated a patient that had fallen through ice.  Due to the extremely mild winter this year, no ice is readily available on any of the area’s bodies of water.  Instead, firefighters practiced rescue bag throws and evolutions of retrieving victims from thin ice, indoors, utilizing a little imagination.

The CSFC would like to remind residents to please stay off any ice that they may encounter, especially on the Hudson River.  Water currents and tide changes make pack ice on the Hudson extremely unpredictable, and you may become stranded or entrapped without warning.  The same warning goes for our area lakes, streams and ponds.  Those that are deemed “safe” for ice fishing and/or skating will be posted as such (such as Fahnestock) – all others should be deemed off limits.  This year with such a mild winter, very little ice formed.  Moving forward, even if we encounter a cold spell any ice that forms will not be suitable for walking, fishing, skating.

In the event that you come across someone that has fallen through ice, or has become stranded in cold water – do not panic.  Your very first action should be to call 911 and seek help.  Do not enter the water or walk onto ice yourself, as you too may become a victim.  Maintain a “line of sight” on the victim (line up the victim with a nearby landmark to give rescuers a guide to work from) and await emergency personnel.

*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

In Memoriam

It is with deep regret that the Cold Spring Fire Company announces the passing of 54 year member Damon Perpetua.

There will be a memorial service at Clinton’s Funeral Home in Cold Spring, Tuesday evening, January 3rd at 7pm.  Funeral services will be held, Wednesday January 4th, at Our Lady of Loretta Church, 24 Fair Street, Cold Spring at 10am.

Happy New Year From the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1

The Cold Spring Fire Company would like to wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.  We would also like to introduce new Chief Matt Steltz, who takes over the reigns of the Fire Company from outgoing Chief Chris Tobin.  We would like to thank Chief Tobin for two years of great work and dedication to the CSFC.

*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

Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast with Santa a Huge Success!

On Sunday morning scores of residents, families and children congregated at the Cold Spring Fire Company headquarters at 154 Main Street for the annual “Breakfast with Santa” organized by the CSFC Ladies Auxiliary. Between 8 and 11am dozens of local children were greeted by Santa Claus in the Company meeting room, who listened to their Christmas list wishes and handed out small toys.

When asked about the enormous turnout this year, Ladies Auxiliary President Melissa Falloon described it as “an amazing stream of people from start to finish.” A few of the other members described this years turnout as “unprecedented.”

Santa Claus also agreed, stating “I always enjoy visiting the children at the Cold Spring firehouse, year after year there’s always a great turnout of children on my “nice” list and this year was no exception…in fact i’ve never given out so many toys!”

Following the breakfast, members of the Fire Company headed out to escort Santa around the Village with their firetruck, handing out toys to children at the waterfront, in a few Village neighborhoods, as well as making a special stop to visit the residents at the PARC Home for disabled adults in Nelsonville.

The Cold Spring Fire Company would like to thank the residents of the community for making today a successful one, and also extend a special thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary for all of their hard work and dedication as well. Year after year they provide an essential service to the volunteer firefighters in the community with little acknowledgement – thank you all for your hard work!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!

*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