The Men and Woman of Verplanck Fire Department would like to wish it's community a very Happy Easter. And to also let you know that we are just a 911 call away for dinner. Enjoy the Day and Cook Safe!
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS: This week marks the 87th anniversary of the Verplanck Fire Department. A little bit of history about it’s formation. In 1928, a group of men consisting of Thomas Kelleher, John R. Buchner, Philip O’Brien, Justice William E. King, William Curran, Thomas Brennan, Henry C. Farrey, James J. Murray, John Alexander, William P. Hickey, William H. White, Bernard McPartland, Rufus Tuttle, John Driscoll, James Flaherty and Joseph Tripodo began discussing fire protection for Verplanck. A fire at a two story building belonging to James Flaherty on November 7th of that year (see photo 1) moved those discussions to definitive actions. A letter was sent out to the community to announce the formation and solicit funds to get started (see photo 2). Elections were held and on March 22nd 1929, a certificate of Incorporation was granted and the Verplanck Fire Protective Association was born. The original intent was to purchase enough hose to reach a source of water (no hydrants at that time) anywhere in Verplanck and lay the hose so a pumper from Montrose or Peekskill could hook up and provide water for a fire more quickly. Thomas Kelleher donated a used Model TT truck to serve as a hose carrier. A brick barn on Fifth Street served as a temporary quarters for the equipment. A list of instructions about reporting a fire was sent out to the households in Verplanck (see photo 3) In the summer of 1929, all equipment was officially transferred to the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Verplanck Fire District for the sum of $1.00. Later that summer a used 1917 Ford Model TT fire engine with two 40 gallon chemical tanks was donated to Verplanck by the Pompton Lakes, New Jersey Fire Department (see photo 4). This was Verplanck’s first commercially built fire engine. The fledgling fire department also organized a picnic that year (see photo 5). In the fall of 1930, after a fire destroyed a garage belonging to Frank Dahlke, it was decided that the Verplanck Fire District needed to be self sufficient. A letter of intent to issue bonds for the purchase of fire apparatus and a firehouse was sent to the community (see photo 6). The funds were raised and the purchase of the former Westchester House on Sixth St, along with a pumper and hose carrier followed. The building was renovated (see photo 7)and in 1931, the Verplanck Fire Department was in full operation as a independent fire service (See photo 8).
Verplanck Fire Department is 100% Volunteer Department! That means your neighbors are the ones who are helping you in your time of need. Have you ever express interest in giving back to your community? Have you ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a real firetruck (By real I mean the Green one) not just watching one in a parade? Well we are here and always accepting application for membership. We are looking for men and woman that want to be Firefighters and/or EMT's. All Applicants must be at least 16 or older, We provide you with all your equipment and training Free of Charge. We also accept EMT Only for members who are not interested in firefighting. If you are on the fence line on joining come visit us on any Monday Night from 7pm-9pm and check out our training and meet your friendly neighbors.
If you would like to request an application send us an email at
Monday Night Verplanck FD conducted it weekly training with Tower Ladder 46 and Engine 126 at steamboat dock. The drill conducted was unusual incident of drafting from the Hudson River using the Tower Ladder 46 and feeding water to Engine 126. Do to the up taking winds we were unable flow water through the bucket safely. But we will definitely be back to do it again. Members were trained on Drafting, Pump Ops, Hose lines, Accountability, Fire Scene Operations.
On Monday March 7th the Men and Woman of Verplanck conducted their weekly drill. This drill consisted of SCBA Air consumption which involved in wearing full Turnout Gear and a SCBA Pack and doing normal firefighting task The task were in order as listed below. . Step 1 Was to place the pack on and start breathing Step 2 Advance a hose line across the apron while flowing water Step 3 Carry a Water can from the Fire house to the intersection of 8th Street and Highland Ave Step 4 Hook up the Hydrant and then Disconnect on Highland Ave and 7th Street Step 5 Walk across the baseball field back to the Rear of the Firehouse Step 6 Drag a Dummy in a Stoke Basket across the parking lot Step 7 Pick up a Ladder and set it up against the Building Step 8 Pick up a tool and walk up the Ladder Step 9 Once back on the Ground bring ladder back to the ground and rest it against the building Step 10 Walk back inside of the Fire House.
Theses simple task was to show each firefighter the amount of air they consume while on breathing air and how much of the task they are able to complete on a "30 Minute Bottle" which may only last 15-25 minutes depending on the firefighter. Each firefighter was able to complete all of the task before running out of air.