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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 Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival!

To bring in the holiday season, the Village of Cold Spring Recreation Commission will hold their annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 2nd at the waterfront park. Santa will arrive via the Cold Spring Fire Company at 6:00 p.m. However, Christmas music and an opportunity to visit with your friends and neighbors will be provided from 5:30 pm until Santa’s arrival. Please join us in welcoming Santa Claus to Cold Spring.

*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 Responds to Two Serious Car Accidents

Firefighters from Cold Spring Fire Company were busy the Friday after Thanksgiving, when they were called to a single car rollover on Route 9D near the Breakneck Tunnel.  Upon arrival firefighters and EMTs found that a single sedan had lost control, struck a guardrail and left the roadway, flipping at least once and coming to rest in a small pond.  The driver was able to self-extricate through the rear window and was transported to St. Francis Hospital.

While cleaning up the scene, firefighters from Cold Spring were called Mutual Aid to Garrison with their rescue tools for another serious car accident involving numerous vehicles on Route 9.  Upon arrival CSFC assisted with extricating an individual from a southbound vehicle that was hit head on by another passenger vehicle.  The patient was transported from the scene by PVAC.

*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

Congratulations to Haldane Girls Volleyball – 2011 State Champs!


CSFC Provides Shelter From the Storm

Firefighters from CSFC spent the weekend of October 29th responding to numerous calls for trees/wires down, road closures, CO2 alarms and possible structure fires throughout Philipstown.  They also manned  the headquarters at 154 Main Street as an emergency shelter for residents who had lost power or who were stranded due to the snow fall.  Approximately two dozen residents sought shelter at Cold Spring Fire Company, including ten who spent the night of October 29th sleeping in the headquarters.

*Update: As of this morning, Monday October 31st, firefighters continue to man the headquarters and provide an emergency shelter with heat, hot water and food for residents who still are without electricity. Please call (845)265-9241 for information.

*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 Annual Appeal 2011

Over the weekend firefighters from the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 were out in our community going door to door with our annual appeal letter. We would like to remind the citizens of Philipstown that we serve, that the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 is 100% volunteer and is only partially funded by municipal contracts. In fact, well over a third of the money needed to operate our Company is raised by us independently through fund raisers and donations (such as the Appeal letter).

Please give the letter a read and donate generously – every dollar given goes a long way.


Dear Neighbors,

Since its founding the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 has striven to provide professional, well trained and fiscally responsible fire protection to the citizens of Cold Spring, Nelsonville and Philipstown. During that time our Company, which began as 19 civic minded citizens, has grown into an all volunteer squad of approximately 120 men and women. Last year our volunteers responded to over 150 calls ranging from structure fires, to river rescues, to mountain rescues – we literally cover our area from the highest peak to the water’s edge and beyond. Nothing proved this more than our recent response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene.

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. In the last 115 years, the Cold Spring Fire Company has successfully raised funds to buy every new piece of equipment we have purchased, at no cost to the taxpayers. Most recently, we combined the duties of two outdated fire trucks into one, purchasing a 2009 Smeal that serves as a rescue and pumper, while also carrying 2500 gallons of water. At a time when other departments are expanding equipment and costs, we are looking to provide more cost effective fire protection, doing more with less.

Moving toward the future we 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.

In the coming year we will seek to build a “bail-out” training platform, in order to further train our firefighters on this important, state mandated, life saving system. In 2010, seven of our firefighters completed a train-the-trainer class, making them certified instructors on this system, but we still need to go out of district for facilities to train our firefighters. Also over the next year, we will be further examining our current apparatus to see how it meets the needs of the community and the space constraints of our Headquarters. Specifically, we will be examining our presence on the Hudson River, and determining our needs in terms of water rescues, marine fires, etc. All of this will be done in addition to our weekly drilling, county training and normal firematic operations. This takes a lot of time; which our volunteers give willingly at all hours of the day and night, all year round. It also takes money, which is why we are seeking your help.

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


If for some reason you didn’t receive the letter, check donations may also be mailed to Cold Spring Fire Company No.1, 154 Main Street, Cold Spring NY 10516 – or dropped off at the headquarters.

*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