Fire & Emergency
On behalf of the fire service of Rockland County, we would like to welcome you. The fire service in Rockland County is unique in many ways. One of the most noticeable differences from surrounding counties is that our fire departments still provide quality service with 100% volunteers.
In addition to the traditional role of fighting fires, our firefighters are trained to respond to a vast variety of emergencies, such as accident victim extrications, elevator rescues, and hazardous material calls. The county maintains a progressive Haz Mat team, which relies heavily on volunteer firefighters. In addition, our shoreline communities maintain fire boats for emergencies along the Hudson River and several departments maintain active dive teams for water rescue work. Mountain rescues are fairly common in our mountainous areas, and several departments have established a joint Technical Rescue team in order to be prepared for a number of rescue situations. If you are currently a Rockland County firefighter, we thank you for your training and dedication.
If you are a local resident, are action-oriented, adventurous and relish a challenge, please consider becoming one of us. Contact the Rockland County Fire Training Center at 845-364-8800 for membership information.
Gordon Wren Jr., Director
The Rockland County Department of Fire & Emergency Services responds to natural disasters such as snowstorms, floods, and hurricanes; technical disasters such as chemical spills; and hazardous materials incidents. We provide 911 service for the residents of Rockland County where we dispatch fire companies and ambulance squads. We also conduct Indian Point drills on a regular basis.
Our office recently coordinated the development of a multi-jurisdictional natural hazard mitigation plan funded through a FEMA grant which allows jurisdictions to apply for FEMA grant monies and will reduce economic damages resulting from future natural disasters.
We offer a variety of training programs for firefighters and emergency responders and fire safety courses for business and industry. Courses are given at the Fire Training Center in Pomona, which opened in 1973 thanks to the foresight and efforts of many dedicated fire service leaders. Over the years, we have educated thousands of firefighters from all over the tri-state area in the areas of fire prevention, protection and suppression. We also conduct tours of the Volunteer Fire Services Museum to students and groups, through our Museum Committee.
Our Mission Statement reads: "The Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services provides support and training necessary to the Rockland County Fire Service and all Emergency Responders so that they may provide our citizens with the finest available emergency services."
We are constantly expanding and improving our firefighter training programs. We presently offer National Fire Academy Outreach Courses, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Fire Service Outreach Courses, and over 300 Rockland County Fire Training Courses. We can also develop and present courses to meet your special needs.