Monday May 16, 2016 Verplanck TL-46 was invited to Georges Island Park by Montrose FD to go over Ladder Truck Operation. Verplanck and Buchanan crews were able to going over Montrose Ladder Tower 8 and Montrose and Buchanan crews were able to going over Verplanck Tower Ladder 46. Operation consisted of placement of equipement on the truck, Truck placement on a scene, Truck set up and Truck Operation on flying the bucket with firefighter from each department.
A Big Thank You to the volunteers of Montrose FD and Buchanan FD
Verplanck FD Members Asst. Chief T. O'Brien Captain P. O'Brien LT J. Delaney LT R. Rosario FF M. Eichler
We want to wish all the EMT's & Paramedic's from Verplanck FD and our Mutual Aid Agencies (Peekskill Vac, Cortlandt Vac, Croton EMS, Mohegan Vac, Ossining Medic, and Cortlandt/Peekskill Regional Medics) a Happy EMS Week May 15-21, 2016. These men and woman put countless hours in to ongoing training and education to upkeep their skills and cerification to provide 24/7 care to the general public in their time of need. Verplanck EMT/Medic EMS Captain EMT Josh Buland EMS Lieutenant EMT Keith Martin Medic Holly Haight EMT John Delaney EMT Michelle Murray EMT Chris Nieminski EMT Julia O'Brien EMT Steve Trend EMT Rich Wessells EMT in Training: Megan Fausner EMT in Training: Amanda Wessells EMT in Training: Ian Barnes EMT in Training: Michael Eichler EMT in Training: Roberto Rosario and all our Firefighter who are also our Drivers
Wing Nite 2016 has officially come to an end, The Chicken Has Left The Coop. Much appreciation goes out to all the customers, the entertainers (DJ Paulie D and 24Seven Band) the amazing sponsors, the hard workers (Memebers of Verplanck FD) who put countless hours into the night and the New York State Police for the night security. See You All Next Year!
WING NITE COUNT DOWN 1 HOUR TO GO, THE BAND 24 SEVEN IS HERE, THE DJ IS HERE THE BEER IS HERE, AND THE WINGS ARE COOKED. SO COME ON DOWN AND ENJOY THE NIGHT THE DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 PM. RAIN OR SHINE!!! SEE YOU THEN!
That funny loud noise you heard the last two days was not test, but indeed it was the house siren for Verplanck FD where assistance to the public was needed. On Sunday May 8 at 1828 hrs Verplanck Marine 1 was requested to Bear Mountain Bridge to assist Continental Village FD for a confirmed Jumper Down. Marine 1 responded from Viking Boat Yard with Asst. Chief Ruh, Lt Delaney, Lt Hayes, and EMS Captain Buland. Asst. Chief O'Brien responded to staging area at Peekskill Riverfront Green. Standing by FD HQ was LT Rosario, Ex Chief Karalak, FF Ward Jr, FF Ward 3rd, FF Marino, EMT-in Training A Wessells. Marine 1 conducted a search under the bridge where the jumper was reported to have last seen swimming towards land along with Continental Village FD, Yorktown Dive Team, and Rockland FD Units.
ALSO Late Monday Night May 9, 2016 2335 hrs Verplanck FD was requested to a residence on 5th Street cross of Broadway and Westchester Ave for a reported Fence on Fire. Chief J OBrien-2491 on scene after Dispatch along with Captain P O'Brien-2494. Chief J O'Brien confirmed the working fence fire in the rear yard to responding units while Captain P OBrien deployed a Fire extinguisher to knock down the fire. Engine 128 responded from Broadway side of 5th Street hitting the hydrant and laying in, while Engine 126 responded from Westchester Ave side of 5th Street standing by the back up hydrant on the corner. 1 (1 3/4") line was stretched to knock down the remaining fire and hot spots (logs and wood) that was stacked up behind the fencing and hand tools were used to pull apart the charred fence. The fence also had live electrical running along it for lights and plugs and power was shut down at the breaker. A BBQ Grill was also near by the fence line. Fire is currently under investigation by the Chief Officer. Engine 128 - Driver Lt Hayes, Officer Seat Lt Rosario and FF Marino Engine 126 - Driver Ex Chief Schembari, Officer Seat Lt Delaney On Scene- Chief J OBrien-2491, Asst Chief Ruh -2492, Asst Chief T O'Brien - 2493, Captain P OBrien- 2494 EX Chief Karalak, EX Chief Daley, FF Eichler, FF Dyckman, FF JG O'Brien, FF JM O'Brien
The first project is to repair guiderail near the Pleasantville Rd Overpass in Briarcliff with detours as follows:
Southbound 9A will be closed at Route 133. Traffic will exit onto Route 133 East and head East to Route 100, then head South on Route 100 to re-enter Route 9A South of Pleasantville Rd. Southbound 9A will be closed to all Side Roads between 133 and Pleasantville and detoured appropriately.
Northbound 9A will be closed at the Pleasantville Rd ramp. Traffic will be detoured up the Ramp, left onto Pleasantville Rd, right continuing on Pleasantville Rd North, Right onto North State Rd, and then left returning to 9A North.
The second project is in the vicinity of the Ryder Rd Overpass with detours as follows:
Southbound 9A Traffic will be detoured onto Route 134 (Dale Ave) Travel South to Route 133, Right onto Route 133 and then Right to Route 9A.
Classes held at Westchester County Fire Training Center. Please sign up on county site via http://training.westchestergov.com any assistance in signing up contact an officer. classes being held Rescue Tech Basic June 2016 16-95 Emergency Vehicle Operation June 2016 16-97 Emergency Vehicle Operation July 2016 16-98 5th Annual Womans Weekend June 18th 16-96
Monday May 2, 2016 Verplanck Firefighter took to the Hudson River for a Pump Operation Drill with Marine 1 to overview the onboard pump to determing how much water we can used on multiple lines and feeding the deck gun. The best way to learn is trial and error during training rather then at the time of the incident. The men and woman learned a lot on what the boat can do during a fire and different was of tactics for firefighting purpose. Crew also used Marine 29 for driver familiarization as the river was really calm night. Photo credits Mary Murray and Thomas OBrien in attendance Asst Chief Thomas OBrien LT John Delaney LT Roberto Rosario LT Gabe Hayes EMS LT Keith Martin FF George Ellegen FF Joe Ryan FF Mike Eichler FF Jeanne OBrien FF Mary Murray EMS Ian Barnes
Westchester County DES has offered all week CME training during EMS week May15th-21st. All enrollments for the classes must be done through your county login. For any login issues please contact an officer for assistance.
The Verplanck FD and EMS train for events that can become realilty at any give time. This drill was brought to you by LT Gabe Hayes. Lt Hayes advised members that there was a fisherman who wandered off into the woods nearby the pond he had been missing for about 30 minutes. The patient (our full body cpr dummy) had a cardiac condition prior to this disapperance and was last seen in the wooded area off Riverview Ave, Members searched the wooded area using special equipment such as a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC), while employing a grid search technique. The "patient" was found unresponsive and not breathing well into the woods. The crew then performed CPR while transporting the patient from the woods to the awaiting ambulance 83B1 and 35M2 - Steve Colt (who was in the area awaiting for his next 911 call and decide to train with us.) Our EMT's in Training Amanda Wessells and Megan Fausner were able to perform their skills they have learned from their EMT class while being evaluated by our local medic. The Verplanck Crew did a great job refreshing their skills to help its community at any given time for unforeseen incidents that may arise.
Incident Command- LT Delaney Operations - LT Hayes EMT- EMS LT Martin
Photos submitted by FF Eichler and LT Hayes
In attendance for tonights drill Lt Delaney, Lt Rosario, Lt Hayes, EMS LT Martin, FF Davis, FF Breitschwerd, FF Eichler, FF Dyckman, FF Ellgen, EMT in Training M. Fausner, EMT in Training A. Wessells, and our Special Guest 35-M2 Steve Colt
On April 24 Verplanck FD was assisting Peekskill EMS with U-29 and U-30(Gator) for the annual Mountain Bike Race through the woods of Blue Mountain Park. U-30 was requested to act as a point to point transfer (woods to standing by ambulance) for any injuried mountain biker that may occur in the woods. The crew had to respond twice into the woods and had to transport one biker to a standing by ambulance for further evaluation. Thank You Peekskill EMS for the invite and Thank You to the members of Verplanck FD who were standing by LT John Delaney (EMT), LT Roberto Rosario, LT Gabe Hayes, FF Michael Eichler (Gator Driver) picture taken by LT Hayes shown in photo is LT Rosario and FF Eichler
Check out the new addition to the page CALLING 911? - It will tell you what to expect when you call 911 either from your house or cell phone and how a dispatcher will handle your emergency. A special thanks goes out to Senior Communication Operator Jon Dawson from WCPD for his insight on how to handle 911 calls from a dispatchers point of view.
Verplanck Monday Night Drill constist of Hydrant Operations with different type of connections with Engine 126, Utiltiy 29, Utility 30(Gator) on 11th Street by St Patricks Church and also review of pump operation on U-30 with different methods of refilling on quick deployment in and out of the woods for Brush Fires. Class taught by Captain Paul O'Brien 2494 Photo Submitted by Thomas OBrien
The weather was cold and raining but that did not stop Verplanck FD Drill Night which consisted of going back to the BASIC and going over different ways of connecting the Hydrant using our Dummy Hydrant at our firehouse
The Drill was instructed by Captain Paul O'Brien and 3rd Lt Gabe Hayes. With 13 members in attendance.
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.