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FISHKILL, NY

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Update: Wednesday, Sept 17, 2014

Pancake Breakfast

Rombout Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser Sunday, Sept 28, at Rombout Station #1, 901 Route 52, 8AM - 11AM. We thank you in advance for supporting our fundraising event. For more information PancakeFlyer.pdf. Please note the price increase to go into effect for the October breakfast.

Update: Monday, February 11, 2013

Lent Pizza Begins Friday

(FISHKILL, NY) - Rombout Fire Company presents "Pizza Night" on every Friday during Lent from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Rombout Station One at 901 Main Street, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. Rombout will be selling 16" cheese pizza for $10, New England clam chowder with crackers for $5 a quart and Macaroni & Cheese. All food will be available starting February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 for pick up at Station One or firefighters will deliver to residents in the Rombout Fire District. To place your order, call 845-896-8620 between 4 and 7:30 that day. Rombout appreciates your support.

Update: Friday, January 19, 2013

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of Rombout Fire District Commissioner Terry "Tag" Muller on Friday, January 19th 2013. Tag was a Life Member of Fire Company having joined in 1974 and was serving as a Commissioner of the Rombout Fire District. Tag had served as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners for 2012.

The wake will be on Sunday January 20, from 16:00 to 20:00 at McHoul’s Funeral Home, Fishkill, NY. Rombout Fire Company will hold a memorial Service at 20:00 hours. The funeral will be Monday January 21, at 11:00 at McHoul’s Funeral home, with Burial at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Refreshments will follow at Rombout Station 1.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Muller Family in this difficult time.

Update: Friday, November 16, 2012

Rombout Fire Company will be hosting two benefit pancake breakfasts for the Breezy Point Volunteer Fire Company on Sunday, November 25, and December 23. The benefit breakfast is from 8:00 to 11:00 AM at Rombout Station One at 901 Main Street, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. All proceeds from the events will be donated to the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Company. In addition we will be offering 50 / 50 raffle tickets with half of the proceeds going to the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department and the other half to one lucky winner. Tickets will be available at both breakfasts and the big 50/50 drawing will be at 10:45 AM on December 23rd. Please join us for two delicious breakfasts for a great cause. Our firefighter chefs will be serving hot pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and toast with piping hot coffee and tea and orange juice. Plus the omelet chef will be making omelets just the way you want in a cheery family setting. The price for adults is $8, senior citizens are $7, 5 to 12 is $6 and kids under 5 are free. For more info phone 845-896-8620 or visit our website at www.romboutfire.com or Facebook page at Rombout Fire Company Inc.

The tragedy of Super storm Sandy has had a catastrophic impact on the entire tri-state region; however, the community of Breezy Point, Queens in particular has been completely devastated. This close-knit community of hard working blue-collar workers is no stranger to tragedy in the past. In the wake of 9/11, the community mourned the loss of 37 of its own in the tragedy at the Twin Towers. A few months later an airliner departing from JFK airport crashed in the community.

The volunteer firefighters in chest high flood waters battled the firestorm as the flames leaped from house to house in the hurricane force winds. Over 110 homes, the primary residences of the very firefighters and emergency workers who were ready to serve their community were burned to their foundations. While the rest of the homes were ravaged by Sandy.s storm surge, the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Company were rescuing their neighbors and fighting the fire as best they could. Today Breezy Point department.s fire station is a damaged, its fire apparatuses, tools and firefighting equipment was contaminated by salt water and is unsalvageable. Those who devote themselves to help their neighbors are now in dire need. Rombout Fire Company is asking for your help.

Update: Friday, September 28, 2012

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of Honorary Member, Roy J. Prentiss on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Roy was a charter member of the company formed in 1971 and was a founding member of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Rombout Fire District. Roy served as President of the Rombout Fire Company pro-tem in 1971 until elections and served the Rombout Fire District as Chairman of the Board for 26 years from 1971 - 1996.

Wake: Sun 9/30 2-4PM, 6-9PM, Auchmoody Funeral Home, Fishkill

Funeral: Mon 10/1 10AM at St Mary's Church, Jackson St, Fishkill.

Company Service will be held Sunday, 9/30 at 19:00.

Update: Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rombout Hosting RecruitNY Open house

Rombout Fire Company in coordination with RecruitNY in conjunction with the start of National Volunteer Week will be hosting a recruitment open house on April 21, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Rombout Station One at 901 Route 52, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. As part of RecruitNY, Rombout with other participating fire departments statewide will be holding recruitment drives at their respective firehouses. This event will allow fire departments a chance to highlight the duties and rewards that come with being a volunteer firefighter or fire police. At noon time Rombout firefighters will be conducting a demonstration using the firefighter equipment on display. If you are interested in the duties as a firefighter, fire police personal or just helping the fire department, contact Rombout Fire Company at 845-896-8620 for more information about the open house.

RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by Firemen’s Association State of New York FASNY, the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, the Association of Fire Districts of New York State, the Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York. For more information or to find out if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, visit www.recruitny.org or contact your local department via a non-emergency phone number or website.

Update: Friday, April 6, 2012

To All Rombout Officers, and Members:

I would personally like to thank all of the personnel, and mutual aide departments who responded on April 4, 2012 and ended in the early morning hours of April 5, 2012 for the search of the missing 81 year old female from 52 Hoose Blvd although she was not found at this time Rombout was again re-dispatched at 1300 hours on April 5, 2012 to resume the search, and at 1534 hours the missing female was located in the area of Arcadian Place located off of Shirley Ave. It was a huge relief hearing over the radio while I was en-route to work when I heard First Assistant Chief John Lucariello announce on Command Channel Three that she was found conscious, and alert. There is no better feeling than to have the positive end result that occurred. I am sure that the family of the missing female is very grateful for your dedication that was displayed for going above and beyond the call of duty. I would also like to thank the Mutual-Aide departments that responded and assisted us which was the Village of Fishkill, and Hughsonville for the first search. On the second search which started at 1300 hours the Village of Fishkill, Hughsonville, East Fishkill, and North Highlands were dispatched to assist, and Mobile Life was on stand by at the command post. I am very proud of all of you, and keep up the good work.

Sincerely yours,

Wes Hall
Chief
Rombout Fire Company

Update: Monday, March 26, 2012

Rombout responds to accident involving cyclist

(FISHKILL, NY) Members of the Rombout Fire Company responded to accident involving a motor vehicle hitting a bicyclist at 5:42 pm Sunday evening, March 18, at the intersection of Baxtertown and Ridge Road in the Town of Fishkill.

The adult male bicyclist was transported from the scene of the accident by Mobile Life to Rombout Station 1 on Route 52 where he was airlifted from by New York State Police helicopter to Westchester Medical Center with severe injuries. The adult driver of the car was not injured in the accident.

Responding to the scene with Rombout was Mobile Life, Town of Fishkill Police Department and the Dutchess County Sheriff Office who are investigating the cause of the accident. This is the third time the landing zone at Rombout Station 1 was used to airlift a severely injured victim for medical treatment.

Update: Monday, March 19, 2012

Rombout fire officials warn residents about brush fires

(FISHKILL, NY) The Rombout Fire Department is advising residents that conditions are ripe for brush fires and individuals should take care to avoid accidentally starting one.

"The heavy undergrowth is being dried out. People just have to be careful," said Rombout spokesman Kevin Barry. "People have to be watch out for things, like throwing cigarette butts out of car windows, barbeques and fireplace embers."

The state Department of Environmental Conservation prohibits burning brush between March 16 and May 14, due to the increased risk of wildfires.

Poughkeepsie Journal Article
NYS Dec Press Release

Update: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lent Pizza Begins Friday & Pancake Breakfast Sunday

(FISHKILL, NY) - Rombout Fire Company presents "Pizza Night" on every Friday during Lent from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Rombout Station One at 901 Main Street, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. Rombout will be selling 16" cheese pizza for $10, Manhattan or New England clam chowder with crackers for $5 a quart and large canolis for $3 each. All food will be available February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 April 6 for pick up at Station One or firefighters will deliver to residents in the Rombout Fire District. To place your order, call 845-896-8620 between 4 and 7:30 that day. Rombout appreciates your support.

Pancake Breakfast February 26, from 8AM to 11AM.

Update: Monday, December 12, 2011

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

(FISHKILL, NY) - BRING YOUR CAMERA SANTA IS VISITING. Rombout Fire Company will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 18 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 at Rombout Station One at 901 Main Street, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. Firefighters will be serving hot pancakes with sausage, bacon and toast with orange juice, tea and coffee. Plus the omelet chef will be taking your order for your omelet. The price for adults is $8, senior citizens is $7, 12 and under is $6. For more info phone 845-896-8620 or visit our website at www.romboutfire.com.

We hope to see you there, and thank you for your support.

Update: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pancake Breakfast Canceled

Due to the snowstorm, the Pancake Breakfast scheduled for tomorrow, October 30, 2011 has been canceled.

Update: Friday, October 7, 2011

Pancake Breakfast with Holloween Costume Contest

(FISHKILL, NY) Halloween Costume Contest for kids under 12 wear your costume and WIN prizes. Rombout Fire Company will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 30, November 27 and December 18 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 at Rombout Station One at 901 Main Street, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. Firefighters will be serving hot pancakes with sausage, bacon and toast with orange juice, tea and coffee. Plus the omelet chef will be taking your order for your omelet. The price for adults is $8, senior citizens is $7, 12 and under is $6. For more info phone 845-896-8620 or visit our website at www.romboutfire.com.

Update: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rombout responds to two car accident with extrication

Poughkeepsie Journal Article

FISHKILL . Three people were injured including a 15-year-old boy who was in serious condition following a two-car accident this morning on Route 52 in the town, authorities said.

Police said Marsha Edwards, 65, of Fishkill, was driving west on Route 52 near Westview Road at 9:04 a.m. when she made a left turn into the Dutchess Park Shopping Center into the path of a car driven by Richard Salch, 54, of Hopewell Junction.

Edwards told police she was on her way to Walmart, and wanted to turn around to go the other direction, when she made the left turn. The teen was riding in her front passenger seat, said town police Chief Donald Williams.

Firefighters extricated the boy; he was taken to a hospital in serious condition, said Kevin Barry, a spokesman for the Rombout Fire Department.

Edwards and Salch were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.

Traffic was delayed about 45 minutes.

Williams said no tickets were issued, however the accident remains under investigation.

The Village of Fishkill Police, East Fishkill Ambulance and Mobil Life Support Services assisted at the scene.

Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fishkill fire displaces family of 6

Poughkeepsie Journal Article

FISHKILL . The Red Cross is assisting two adults and four children who were displaced by a fire.

Firefighters were called to a ranch house on Derick Drive in the Town of Fishkill at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The homeowner had smelled smoke, opened the door to an attached garage and discovered the fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene three minutes later and knocked the fire down in 20 minutes, said Kevin Barry, a spokesman for the Rombout Fire Department.

No one was injured, but the family was displaced due to smoke and water damage. The garage suffered substantial damage and a minivan inside it was destroyed.

The Dutchess County Fire Investigation Team responded and determined that the blaze was accidental, he said.

Further information on the cause was not immediately available Tuesday.

Firefighters from the Hughsonville and Village of Fishkill fire departments assisted Rombout at the scene.

Update: Monday, March 7, 2011

Rombout offers Pizza Night on every Friday during Lent

(FISHKILL, NY) Rombout Fire Company presents "Pizza Night" on every Friday during Lent from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Rombout Station One at 901 Main Street, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. Sixteen inch cheese pizza will be sold for $10, available for pick up at Station One or firefighters will deliver to residents in the Rombout Fire District. New this year is Chowder, Manhattan or New England for $5 per quart. Also this year we have Cannolis for $3. To place your order call 845-896-8620 between 5 and 8:30 that day. Flyer

Rombout would also like to thank Losurdo Foods for their generous donation of pizza dough.

Update: Monday, January 24, 2011

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of charter life member Frank "Bud" Scofield on Saturday, January 22nd 2011. Bud was a charter member of the Rombout Fire Company since 1971.

Poughkeepsie Journal Obit

Update: Saturday, January 15, 2011

Fishkill chimney fire routs family

Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL Rombout firefighters knocked down a chimney fire at a home on West Redoubt Drive this morning, but the family had to relocate because the house had no heat in it, a spokesman for the fire department said.

The call came in at 7:30 a.m. when the family was awakened by a smoke detector, said Kevin Barry. The fire apparently started in the area of a wood-burning stove on the first floor, setting fire to the structure of the chimney chase, which is the opening through which the chimney rises, and then to the area between the ceiling and the second floor.

There were no injuries to the family of four, Barry said. The Red Cross responded to help. He said the town building inspector deemed the place uninhabitable because of lack of heat, but that with a few repairs and restoring of heat the home could be used again, Barry said.

Firefighters had "a tough time" with the extreme cold weather, in single digits, but knocked the fire down in about 20 minutes, he said.

Update: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Free Flue Shots at Rombout

Friday, January 7, 2011, free flue shots will be given at Rombout Fire District Headquarters at 901 Main St, Fishkill, NY. Those 18 years and older may stop by from 9am till 12 noon.

Update: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rombout Fire Company Elects Officers for 2011

The annual elections of officers of the Rombout Fire Company in Fishkill were held on December 9, 2010.

The following members were elected for District Officers: Office of

  • Chief - Charles Kuehner
  • First Assistant Chief - Wes Hall
  • Second Assistant Chief - John Lucariello

Company Firematic Line Officers:

  • Captain - Chris Mazzuca
  • First Lieutenant, Engine Operations - Vinny Kelly
  • First Lieutenant, Ladder Operations - Nick Festa
  • Second Lieutenant - Joe Kelly
  • Second Lieutenant - Mike Csanko

Company Civil Officers:

  • President - Anthony "Tony" Cefaloni
  • Vice President - Marc Breimer
  • Treasurer - Dan Silvestri Jr
  • Financial Secretary - Bob Harvatin
  • Recording Secretary - John Muller
  • Board of Director - Brian Allison
  • Chaplin - Paul Messina
  • Deputy Chief - Jeff Marino

All members term of office starts on January 1, 2011. Congratulations and good luck to the 2011 officers.

Update: Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011

The officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

We would also like to remind the public that the Ambrose-Searles "Move Over" Act becomes law tommorrow. Please remember this is for our safety so that we may go home to our loved ones after the alarm.

MidHudsonNews article

Update: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fishkill fire leaves family of 5 homeless

Poughkeepsie Journal Article

FISHKILL -- Firefighters Sunday struggled against the elements to put out a blaze that left five people homeless the day after Christmas.

A smoke alarm woke the homeowner up around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and alerted him to a fire in the chimney of his home on Windsor Road, Rombout Fire Department spokesman Kevin Barry said Monday.

The homeowner reported the blaze, but "when firefighters arrived, the fire was coming though the roof," Barry said. "That's how rapidly it spread."

Firefighters faced blizzard conditions as they brought in tanker trucks to supply the fire engines with water. They got the blaze under control by 4:30 a.m. and cleared the scene by 6 a.m., he said.

"They were up against a wall there with the weather. The wind fanned those flames, big time," Barry said.

Two adults and three children lived in the house. No one was injured and the family is staying with friends for the time being, he said.

The identity of the family was not released.

About 30 firefighters responded to the scene.

The Rombout Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from the Village of Fishkill, Hughsonville, East Fishkill, Chelsea, Glenham, New Hackensack, Dutchess Junction and North Highland departments and the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Team.

Bill Johnson, FDPhotounit.com, Gallery

Update: Thursday, December 22, 2010

Rombout Fire District Election Results for 2011

Vice-Chairman of the Board Bill Muller was relected to office for another five-year term of the Rombout Fire District.

Update: Monday, October 18, 2010

The Rombout Fire Company is conducting its annual fund drive. Letters have been mailed out to all residences in the Rombout Fire District. We thank you in advance for your support. For those wishing to donate online, please visit our donation page: romboutfire.com/donate.html

Update: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Car Show tonight, Diesel Power

Rombout Fire Company is having Car Show's the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from May to Sept. Admission is free to the public, Car registration is now free. Registration is at 5:30PM and open to the Public at 6PM. Food and Drinks are available, with Music and a 50/50 drawing. Judging begins at 6:30PM.

Update: Saturday, June 5, 2010

Rombout responds to house fire

FISHKILL, NY-- Rombout FD responded to a house fire at 11 Hampshire Road, Fishkill. With Rombout, Village of Fishkill (PECO), and Hughsonville FD, NY State Police, Town of Fishkill PD, Town of Fishkill Animal Control Unit and Dutchess County Fire Investigation Division responded to the scene. East Fishkill provided standby coverage for Rombout FD. Several firefighters were treated at the scene for heat-related injury. No other injuries are reported. The Dutchess County Fire Investigation team reported the fire started in the rear bedroom and the cause is accidental. No one was in the house at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the family of four with housing. One dog and possibly two cats perished in the fire, with several turtles and three dogs unharmed.

Poughkeepsie Journal Article

Update: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Car Show tonight, 70's Theme

Rombout Fire Company is having Car Show's the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from May to Sept. Admission is free to the public, Car registration is $5 per vehicle. Registration is at 5:30PM and open to the Public at 6PM. Food and Drinks are available, with Music and a 50/50 drawing. Judging begins at 6:30PM.

Update: Monday, February 15, 2010

Rombout offers Pizza Night on every Friday during Lent

(FISHKILL, NY) Rombout Fire Company presents "Pizza Night" on every Friday during Lent from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Rombout Station One at 901 Main Street, Fishkill near I-84 exit 12. Sixteen inch cheese pizza will be sold for $10, available for pick up at Station One or firefighters will deliver to residents in the Rombout Fire District. To place your order call 845-896-8620 between 5 and 8:30 that day.

Update: Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rombout responds to Rollover Tractor Trailer

Link to Poughkeepsie Journal

A STAT Flight helicopter took a seriously injured man to Westchester Medical Center this morning after his tractor-trailer turned over on the exit ramp from Route 9 south to I-84 east around 9 a.m.

Rescue workers set up a landing site in the parking lot of the former Dutchess Mall, just south of the exit.

The exit ramp remains closed, authorities said.

State Thruway Authority troopers are investigating the cause of the accident, said Kevin Barry, a spokesman for the Rombout Fire Department.

The truck came to rest on its left side and spilled its cargo--prefabricated concrete walls--onto the grass next to the ramp, he said.

Rescue workers used the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver through the roof of the cab, he said.

There were no other injuries, he said.

The Rombout Fire Department, Village of Fishkill Special Opperations Unit, Thruway Authority troopers, Town of Fishkill police and the Dutchess County Sheriff.s Office responded to the scene.

Update: Tuesday, January 12,2010

PIO Kevin Barry contributes to story on fire prevention

Poughkeepsie Journal is running an article on "Winter fires preventable with home safety checks". Please take the time to read this article and read the tips for preventing a fire.

Update: Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Rescue delivered

The new 62-55 has been delivered and training has begun.

Rescue 1 Recent Delivery shots

Photos of the compartments Link

Update: Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Rescue nearly complete

At the end of 2008 Rombout Fire District ordered a new 2009 Custom Heavy Rescue featuring a Sutphen chassis and Rescue 1 body. The Sutphen chassis and body are complete, with delivery at the end of December. Tool mounting is under way.

1990 International/Marion Rescue for sale: http://www.adirondackfire.com/1990marionrescue.htm

Photo credit: Rescue 1

Update: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of Honorary Member, William D. (Billy) Brooks Sr. on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Bill was a charter member of the company formed in 1971 and was a founding member of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Rombout Fire District. Bill was the longest serving Commissioner having served from 1971 - 1998.

Wake: Thur 12/10 6-9PM, Fri 12/11 2-4PM 6-9PM, Sat 12/12 9-11AM Auchmoody Funeral Home, Fishkill

Funeral: Sat 12/12 12PM at Fishkill Methodist Church, 38 Broad St.

Company Service will be held Friday, 12/11 at 19:30.

Update: Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rombout Fire Company Elects Officers for 2010

The annual elections of officers of the Rombout Fire Company in Fishkill were held on December 3, 2009.

The following members were elected for District Officers: Office of

  • Chief - Charles Kuehner
  • First Assistant Chief - Wes Hall
  • Second Assistant Chief - John Lucariello

Company Firematic Line Officers:

  • Captain - Chris Mazzuca
  • First Lieutenant, Engine Operations - Vinny Kelly
  • First Lieutenant, Ladder Operations - Nick Festa
  • Second Lieutenant - Joe Kelly
  • Second Lieutenant - Casey Myers

Company Civil Officers:

  • President - Anthony "Tony" Cefaloni
  • Vice President - Marc Breimer
  • Treasurer - Dan Silvestri Jr
  • Financial Secretary - Bob Harvatin
  • Recording Secretary - John Muller
  • Board of Director - Mike McDowell
  • Chaplin - Paul Messina
  • Deputy Chief - Jeff Marino

All members term of office starts on January 1, 2010. Congratulations and good luck to the 2010 officers.

Update: Tuesday, Nov 16, 2009

Update: Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Rescue Body under construction

At the end of 2008 Rombout Fire District ordered a new 2009 Custom Heavy Rescue featuring a Sutphen chassis and Rescue 1 body. The Sutphen chassis and body are complete, with delivery at the end of December. Tool mounting is under way. On November 16, members traveled to Rescue 1 to inspect the body.

1990 International/Marion Rescue for sale: http://www.adirondackfire.com/1990marionrescue.htm

Photo credit: John Lucariello, 2nd Assistant Chief Rombout Fire

Update: Sunday, November 29, 2009

Many responded to mountain wildfire

Poughkeepsie Journal

Recently Rombout Fire Department responded to a wildfire on the mountain in the 2,300-acre Sharp Reservation owned by the Fresh Air Fund. After the initial attack, the scope and size of the blaze quickly escalated, forcing the involvement of 20 fire departments from four counties. Due to the terrain and inaccessibly of the wildfire, more firefighters and ATVs with equipment were needed to get to and battle the blaze.

We would like to recognize the responding fire departments. From Dutchess County: East Fishkill, Glenham, Hughsonville, New Hamburg, New Hackensack, Village of Fishkill and Rhinebeck. Fire departments from Putnam County were North Highlands, Cold Spring, Kent and Garrison. Departments from Ulster County were Clintondale, Shawangunk Valley and Plattekill. Fire departments from Orange County were Coldenham, Cronomer Valley, Orange Lake, Winona Lake and West Point.

The forest rangers from the NYS DEC, the Mobile Life paramedics and the aircrew from the State Police Aviation Bureau also responded.

The responses from these departments helped to quickly contain and control the wildfire. Some departments traveled close to one hour to get to the staging area and then firefighters had to hike one to two miles into mountainous terrain before battling the fire. To all the men and women from those departments, thank you. By your actions you exemplify the finest traditions of the fire service. Thank you from the officers and firefighters of the Rombout Fire Department.

  • Charles Kuehner
  • Chief
  • Rombout Fire Department
  • Fishkill

Update: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rombout challenged with 100 Acre fire, at Sharpe Reservation

Update: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Rombout Fire Company is conducting its annual fund drive. Letters have been mailed out to all residences in the Rombout Fire District. We thank you in advance for your support.

Update: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Rescue Body under construction

At the end of 2008 Rombout Fire District ordered a new 2009 Custom Heavy Rescue featuring a Sutphen chassis and Rescue 1 body. The Sutphen chassis is now complete and the body is expected to be completed in Early 2010. On October 16, members traveled to Rescue 1 to inspect the body.

1990 International/Marion Rescue for sale: http://www.adirondackfire.com/1990marionrescue.htm

Photo credit: John Lucariello, 2nd Assistant Chief Rombout Fire

Update: Monday, October 19, 2009

Fire forces family from house, kills dog

Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL: A house fire displaced a family from its home Saturday night in the Town of Fishkill, Rombout fire officials said. The fire on Cumberland Drive was called in about 11 p.m. by a neighbor, said Kevin Barry, public information officer for the Rombout Fire Department. No one was home at the time of the fire. Barry said fire could be seen coming from the roof and windows of the home when firefighters arrived. The fire was controlled in about 20 minutes. Although Rombout firefighters managed to rescue one dog from the blaze, Barry said, another dog died in the fire. He said the fire was ruled accidental. Robert Rolison, director of development for the Dutchess chapter of the American Red Cross, said the organization assisted one adult and three children who were living in the home with shelter and emergency financial assistance. Firefighters from Fishkill, Hughsonville, North Highland and Beacon assisted Rombout. State police, the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, Fishkill town police and Fishkill animal control also assisted.

Bill Johnson, FDPhotounit.com, Gallery

Photo credit: Rob Reynolds Jr

Update: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fire Prevention under way

Rombout Fire Company is actively visiting schools, businesses, and groups teaching fire prevention and saftey. Please take the time to learn about fire saftey, feel free to ask questions when you see us.

Update: Monday, October 5, 2009

Rombout firefighters hold safety session for hearing impaired

Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL -- Rombout Fire Company, in partnership with Taconic Resources for Independence, hosted a fire prevention seminar for the deaf and hearing-impaired last month.

The event required the hiring of certified sign-language interpreters who were sponsored by Emery & Webb Insurance of Fishkill.

The seminar started with the staff of Taconic Recourses and about 20 guests experiencing the simulated smoke conditions in the Town of Fishkill Fire Prevention Safety Trailer. The trailer helps teach about fire prevention at home and urges planning and practicing a fire escape plan. This was followed by a car extrication drill with the Jaws of Life.

Firefighter Adam Montfort suited up in his bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, showing what a firefighter would look like searching a burning building.

Rombout First Assistance Chief Wes Hall, who is also a 911 dispatcher, was a representative for the Dutchess County Emergency Response Center.

He had a presentation about the Sorenson Video Relay Service used by the dispatch center. This service provides a video link between a victim's home and a sign-language interpreter at a national call center. The interpreter is in phone contact with a 911 dispatch center and translates the information about the emergency to the dispatcher. The interpreter relays any questions from the 911 center to the homeowner.

The seminar was aimed at informing the deaf community about fire prevention, and it also helped Rombout firefighters better understand the needs of this community.

Jeanine Byrnes from Taconic Resources said: "Definitely they learned a lot from the smoke house, and with fire safety in the home. They also learned about the stop, drop and roll, and we were surprised some adults didn't know that."

For information about Rombout, call 845-896-8620

Update: Thursday, September 3, 2009

Seminar will key on fire prevention

Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL --Rombout Fire Company, in partnership with Taconic Resources for Independence, is hosting a fire prevention seminar for the deaf and hearing-impaired at Rombout Station No. 1, 901 Route 52, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12.

The event will teach about fire prevention at home, planning and practicing a fire escape plan and informing the fire department about the special needs of the residents.

Participants will also experience simulated smoke conditions in the fire prevention smoke trailer.

A representative from the Dutchess County Emergency Response Center will talk about the Sorenson Video Relay Service used by the dispatch center.

Two sign language translators will be present.

Contact Kevin Barry at 845-797-3667 or email: fdpio@aol.com

Update: Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Car Show Scheduled

Rombout Volunteer Fire Company is hosting another Car Show Thursday, Sept 24, , at Rombout Station #1, 901 Route 52, 5PM - 9:30PM. We thank you in advance for supporting our fundraising event. For more information CarShow2009.pdf, carshowhandout.pdf

Update: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rombout responded to I84 Truck accident

Poughkeepsie Journal

The accident occurred about 6:45 a.m. when two tractor-trailers were traveling side by side in the westbound lanes of Interstate-84, near Exit 12, according to state police in East Fishkill. Lanes were closed for about two hours, but traffic continued to flow while police responded to the accident.

No one was injured, no other vehicles were involved and one truck lost only a small amount of clothing that it was hauling, police said. No charges were issued in connection with the accident, although safety violations were issued. No further information was available.

The tractor trailer in the left lane, a tandem with two trailers measuring about 28 feet, came into contact with the truck in the right lane, police said. Each tractor-trailer went off the road, and the one in the left lane jacknifed.

Update: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Rescue Chassis complete

At the end of 2008 Rombout Fire District ordered a new 2009 Custom Heavy Rescue featuring a Sutphen chassis and Rescue 1 body. The Sutphen chassis is now complete and the body is expected to be completed in Early 2010. On August 7, members traveled to Rescue 1 to inspect the chassis.

Photo credit: John Lucariello, 2nd Assistant Chief Rombout Fire

Update: Sunday, May 31, 2009

Photos: 6245 with Trophies, and Rombout and Montrose

Rombout starts the parade season off with a bang, at DCVFA parade at New Hackensack, Best Overall in County, Best Ladder Truck, Best Color Guard, Most Men in line, and 2nd Best Senior Musical Unit, Tappan Zee Bridgeman. Thank you to everyone that worked hard for this great success. Thank you to Village of Fishkill for providing standby coverage.

Update: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of honorary member William H. "Bud" Pottenburgh on Sunday, May 24th 2009. Bud was an honorary member of the Rombout Fire Company since 1982.

Poughkeepsie Journal Obit

Update: Friday, May 22, 2009

Rombout Tower 6245 repsonds mutual aid to Structure Fire

East Fishkill - Rombout Tower Ladder 6245 responded mutual aid to East Fishkill Fire District for a Barn fire at Fishkill Farms.

Photo credit: Bill Johnson, FDPhotounit.com Gallery


Update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rombout Tower 6245 repsonds mutual aid to Structure Fire

HUGHSONVILLE - Rombout Tower Ladder 6245 responded mutual aid to Hughsonville Fire for an electrical fire at White Gate Apartments.

The following was posted by Sandy Wisor on the Poughkeepsie Journal:

Local Fire Fighters come to the rescue

Local Fire Fighters and Rescue Workers from Rombout and Hughsonville came to the rescue Friday 3pm in the afternoon 4/24/09. Just want to say "Thank You" for doing a job well done by saving the condo and putting out the outside wall electrical fire. Here is a photo from the scene...

Update: Monday, May 11, 2009

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of honorary member John "Jack" Reynolds, Jr on Sunday, May 10th 2009. Jack was a charter member of Rombout Fire Company, formed in 1971. Jack was also a member of the founding Board of Fire Commissioners, serving until 1985.

Update: Sunday, May 3, 2009

Ex-firefighters, families get 'thank you'

Rombout company hosts home's residents
Poughkeepsie Journal James Marconi

FISHKILL - About 15 residents of the Hudson Firemen's Home stepped off their bus to a round of hugs, handshakes and smiles on Saturday.

Afterward, the members were treated to a dinner social hosted by the Rombout Fire Company in Fishkill. The day's planned activities also included a brief tour of the firehouse and bingo game.

In operation for more than 100 years, the Fireman's Home is a nursing home for volunteer firefighters, their spouses and members of the ladies auxiliary in New York state. Located in Hudson, the home includes a new facility completed last year that houses 92 residents.

The second annual dinner at Rombout, held for these men and women, is "a giving back of thanks for the years of service that they did for their communities," First Assistant Chief Wes Hall said.

For Hall, the event was also about bringing family together - his father Wally, formerly an assistant chief at the Hughsonville Fire Department, was among the residents at the social.

"We just like to have them out and get them involved," said Ladies Auxiliary President Patty Lamoree. The Rombout Fire Company "has the resources to do it, so why not share it?"

Connecting with Firemen's Home residents doesn't stop with the dinner, Lamoree said, but is a part of overall charitable efforts. The ladies auxiliary hosts an annual Christmas party at the home, and last year donated several electric wheelchairs for use by residents.

Billy Rosenhagen has lived at the Firemen's Home for four years and said it has been excellent.

Rosenhagen, a firefighter for 28 years in Ossining, said he became a volunteer because he wanted to serve his community.

Sometimes it was difficult, Rosenhagen said, recalling a "railroad station that went up. We lost about three people from the railroad. It was hard for us to accept; we tried to rescue them."

Also at the dinner, the fire company presented a check for $500 to Paul O'Brien, a Firemen's Home trustee.

Residents at the home remain active, O'Brien said. They have three buses to transport them, and residents frequently attend picnics, parties, pancake breakfasts and parades.

Sandra Poppoon, a six-year resident, said she enjoys going out on the various trips because she loves interacting with other people and talking with her friends.

Back at home, Poppoon said, the other residents become like a second family and have a place in their community.

"Everybody, no matter what condition they're in, has gifts and talents given by God that they can use," she said.

Update: Monday, April 27, 2009

Pancake Breakfast Schedule

Rombout Volunteer Fire Company is hosting an "All You Can Eat" Pancake Breakfast Sunday, June 28, July 26, Aug 23, Sept 27, at Rombout Station #1, 901 Route 52, 8AM - 11AM. We thank you in advance for supporting our fundraising event. For more information PancakeFlyer.pdf

Update: Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Rombout responds to house fire

Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL - A woman and two dogs were rescued this morning from a house fire on Heath Road, officials said.

Rombout Fire Company spokesman Kevin Barry said the woman was taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a firefighter removed her from the building.

Barry said two pet beagles were also rescued. Thee Town of Fishkill Animal Control Department will hold the dogs until their owners can pick them up.

No one else was home when the fire broke out around 8:35 a.m. The blaze started in the kitchen of the home, not far from the intersection of Route 52 and I-84.

The fire was under control within 15 minutes, but Barry said the home was damaged and cannot be occupied.

He said the woman and her husband declined temporary housing from the Red Cross and will stay with relatives.

The fire's cause is being probed by Dutchess County fire investigators, Barry said.

Firefighters from Rombout, the Village of Fishkill and Hughsonville responded to the fire. The Glenham and East Fishkill departments were on standby.

Town of Fishkill police were also on the scene.

Check back here later for more details or read Thursday's Poughkeepsie Journal.

Update: Friday, March 13, 2009

Important Smoke Detector Video

Rombout Fire Company in conjuntion with Time Warner Cable 6 News recently did a test about smoke detectors. This is a must see for all Parents.

Update: Monday, March 2, 2009

Recent Elevator Trianing

Rombout recently held a two day training seminar on "Handling Elevator Emergencies". Photos and story.

Update: Monday, January 12, 2009

For 2008 Rombout Fire Company responded to 512 alarms.

Update: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009

The officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

Photo: on right is the recently completed Holiday Decoration by Paul Tompkins, Mike Moore, and Vinny Kelly.

Rombout Fire Company receives grant for AED's

1st Responder News

FISHKILL, NY - Rombout Fire Company, serving a part of the town of Fishkill, has received a $2,500 grant from the John T. Sloper Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County to purchase two automated external defibrillators.

Rombout gift to Mahopac

FISHKILL, NY - To help celebrate Mahopac Fire Department's dedication of their new fire station, Rombout Fire Company presented Mahopac with a woodcarving rendition of the new station. The Mahopac members let out sounds of astonishment and surprise when Rombout Chief John Lucareillo unveiled the woodcarving for the assembled members. Before the unveiling, Rombout Past Chief Ken Scofield talked about how over 40 years ago a few firefighters from both departments became friends. From those few members a friendship has grown between both departments that endure to this day. A plaque read, "Mahopac Fire Department, Congratulations on your new fire station. This plaque is in honor of your new headquarters and our long lasting friendship. May our relationship continue to grow strong, Rombout Fire Company December 2008."

Rombout members commissioned the carving from Mike Mongero of Mr. M's Custom Woodcraving of Yorktown Heights. Rombout member Mike Moore built a lighted glass enclosed display box to house the craving.

1st Responder News
MidHudson News

Photo credit: John Muller, Firefighter Rombout Fire

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Update: Sunday, December 7, 2008

Rombout Fire Company Elects Officers for 2009

The annual elections of officers of the Rombout Fire Company in Fishkill were held on December 4, 2008.

The following members were elected for District Officers: Office of

  • Chief - Charles Kuehner
  • First Assistant Chief - Wes Hall
  • Second Assistant Chief - John Lucariello

Company Firematic Line Officers:

  • Captain - Ken Schirmer
  • First Lieutenant, Engine Operations - Chirs Mazzuca
  • First Lieutenant, Ladder Operations - Mike Geleski
  • Second Lieutenant - Vinny Kelly
  • Second Lieutenant - Nick Festa

Company Civil Officers:

  • President - Anthony "Tony" Cefaloni
  • Vice President - Mike Howard
  • Treasurer - Dan Silvestri Jr
  • Financial Secretary - Bob Harvatin
  • Recording Secretary - Open
  • Board of Director - Dave Lamoree
  • Chaplin - Paul Messina

All members term of office starts on January 1, 2009. Congratulations and good luck to the 2009 officers.

Update: Tuesday, Nov 16, 2008

Tribute bike dinner Fishkill, NY November 15, 2008

The Marine (Tribute-Memorial) bike was on display before the Carmen Ramputi Marine Corps League annual dinner to celebrate the 233rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

New Windsor resident Larry Tremblay Sr. built the tribute bike for his son Joseph Tremblay, who died in Iraq defending our nation.

The bike has been viewed by many at the following events, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, in Tarrytown NY, International Waterfront Fest, in Newburgh NY, Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC and at bike shows in Portsmouth NH, Wildwood NJ, Orchard Beach NY and Atlantic City NJ.

To learn more about the Tribute Bike go to www.marinecorpstributebike.com

Update: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2008

The Rombout Fire Company is conducting its annual fund drive. Letters have been mailed out to all residences in the Rombout Fire District. We thank you in advance for your support.

Copy of the Letter and Fire Inspection Checklist

Update: Thursday, August 27, 2008

Rombout battles I-84 Car Fire

Rob Reynolds, 1st Responder News

On August 27th around 7:00 p.m. Rombout Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire on I-84 west bound.

Upon arrival of fire chief John Lucariello he advised Dutchess County 911 that he had a well involved pickup fire on the side of the road and that I-84 would be closed due to fire operations.

The fire was put out within a few minutes of the first pumper on the scene at that time the fire chief requested the Dutchess County fire investigation team to the scene. All units on the scene were clear around 9:30 p.m.

Photo credit: Rob Reynolds Jr

Update: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rombout responds to Minor I-84 Crash

Poughkeepsie Journal

Nobody was transported following an accident on Interstate 84 today, when a Dover Plains woman veered off the eastbound side and her car landed in a wooded area.

State Police Thruway patrols said the accident was fairly minor, and most likely a result of driver inattention.

The right lane was closed near milepost 47.5 between exits 13 and 15.

The Rombout Fire Department also responded.

There were initial reports the accident involved ejections.

Photo credit: Darryl Bautista/Poughkeepsie Journal

Update: Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rombout wins several trophies in Millbrook

Members of the Rombout Fire Company recently participated in the Dutchess County Volunteer Firemen's Association Parade hosted by the Millbrook Fire Department on July 12, 2008. Rombout took 2nd Best Firematic Color Guard, Best Apparatus 1996 and older, and Best Regulation Uniform 21 and over. Rombout would like to thank North Highlands Fire for protecting the home front and refurbishing our Engine 6214 with that hideous color "red", it was nice to reconfirm that our forefathers did it right by not choosing that color.

Photo credit: John Muller, Firefighter Rombout

Photo credit: Dutchess County Volunteer Firemen's Association Website

Photo credit: Sharon Forbes, Firefighter Rombout

Photo credit: buckwrapper, North Highlands

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Rombout places new Chiefs car in service

Rombout Fire District has recently replaced 2nd Assistant Chief Wess Hall's command vehicle a 2002 Ford F-150 with a new 2008 Ford Expedition.

Photos by John Muller, Rombout Firefighter

Update: Monday, June 30, 2008

Fire Commissioner Is Lauded For 38 Years Of Service

Poughkeepise Journal June 24, 2008

The Rombout Fire Co. in Fishkill honored Charles Theiss for 38 years of service during its annual inspection dinner.

Theiss, a charter member of the company from 1971, is still active at 79, responding to calls in his role with the fire police. He is also a fire commissioner.

Theiss was an enthusiastic supporter of the new fire company and was the first member on the job when construction of the firehouse began, hammering shingles and pouring concrete. He made a wooden Maltese cross with "Rombout" in block letters to hang on the outside on the first station. Today, it hangs in the engine bay in Station 1.

Theiss received an honorary membership, a 25-year active life badge and a 35-year pin.

At the dinner, held at Dutchess Manor in Beacon, Anthony Cefaloni, president of the fire company, recognized several members for their service: for five years, John Webb, Kevin Barry and Chris Mazzuca; for 10 years, Jim Butler III; for 20 years Kevin Heath. Roland Reick was awarded the 25-year Life Badge. David Lamoree received a 25-year active life badge. A 30-year pin went to Dan Silvestri Sr., a 35-year pin to William Vanpelt and Robert Harvatin.

Update: Sunday, June 15, 2008

Rombout responds to Fire involving hay on a tractor-trailer

FISHKILL, NY - A tractor trailer with a load of hay caught fire on Interstate 84 and tied up traffic for several hours Friday. Around 3:45 p.m. the Rombout Fire Department arrived on the scene in the westbound lane about a mile east of Route 9. The open flatbed tractor trailer had about 30 large round bales of hay, which were on fire.

The blaze was stubborn and took foam to completely put it out, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was not determined.

At one point, traffic was backed up for 11 miles.

"It was unfortunate for all the people tied up in traffic," said Rombout Chief John Lucariello. "Due to the nature of the fire we had to close westbound I-84."

By 8 p.m., the fire was sufficiently under control and the fire companies could begin clearing the scene.

Rombout spokesman Kevin Barry said one of the difficulties in fighting the fire was getting water to the scene. Tanker operations had to be set up, with fire companies traveling from nearby areas supplying water.

Responding units included fire companies from Hughsonville, East Fishkill, North Highlands, Village of Fishkill, Chelsea and Beacon.

No injuries were reported.

Update: Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rombout Tower Ladder takes in first fire

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY - On Sunday May 11, 2008 at approximately 0530 hours, Village of Wappingers Falls Fire Department composed of W.T. Garner Engine Co. #1 and S.W. Johnson Engine Co #2 were dispatched to a reported fire at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on South Ave (Route 9D). The new church under construction had heavy fire coming from the front. Wappingers Fire began an exterior master stream defensive attack. Wappingers Fire Command requested a second alarm and special call for an additional Aerial, Rombout Tower Ladder 62-45. This was the first Structure fire for the 2006 Sutphen Tower. Rombout cleared the scene around 0930 hours.

Photo credit: John Muller, Rombout Firefighter

Update: Thursday May, 8, 2008

Retired firefighters feted by Rombout

Poughkeepise Journal May 6,2008

FISHKILL - The Rombout Fire Company and its Ladies Auxiliary recently hosted a dinner for the members of the Firemen's Home in Hudson.

The 12 retired firefighters came to the Rombout Fire Department Station No. 1 in Fishkill, where Second Assistant Chief Wes Hall welcomed them and introduced the Rombout Chiefs, Line Officers, Commissioners and special guests.

After the roast beef dinner, Firemen's Home member and past Hughsonville Second Assistant Chief Walter Hall was honored for his 15 years of service.

All Firemen's Home members received a Rombout Fire Department hat embossed with the American flag. Members then enjoyed bingo, winning gift certificates from Wal-Mart.

Rombout Ladies Auxiliary President Patty Lamoree presented four motorized wheelchairs to Fireman's Home Trustee Paul O'Brien.

For more than 100 years, the Firemen's Home has been the only nursing facility in New York state devoted to caring for volunteer firefighters and their spouses, as well as members of ladies auxiliaries. Visit www.firemenshome.com.

PHOTO: Patty Lamoree, president of the Rombout Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary, front right, presented four wheelchairs to Firemen's Home Trustee Paul O'Brien, front left, at a recent dinner. (Courtesy photo)

Update: Tuesday April 8, 2008

Rombout hosts outing with FASNY Firefighters home residents

FISHKILL--Saturday April 8, 2008, Rombout and Hughsonville fire departments hosted an outing with the residents of the New York Fireman's Association of New York, Firemen's Home located in Hudson, NY.

Photo credit: Kevin Barry, Public Information Officer

Update: Tuesday April 1, 2008

Rombout responds to electrical fire in basement

FISHKILL--Monday March 31, 2008, Rombout and Hughsonville fire departments responded to an electrical problem at 271 Baxtertown Rd at approx. 1310hrs. Upon arrival of Chief 62-1 it was determined there was heavy smoke in the basement from an unknown source. The crew from engine 62-11 and Assistant Chief 62-2 with the help of the thermal imaging camera located an aquarium that had been on fire. The fire self extinguished itself but left heavy smoke in the basement. With the assistance from the members of Hughsonville, exhaust fans were set up and the residence was vented. There was no major structural damage, And all units cleared at 1405hrs.

Photo credit: John Lucariello, Chief Rombout Fire


Update: Tuesday April 1, 2008

Rombout responds to one car rollover

FISHKILL--Thursday, March, 20, 2008, around 1640hrs Rombout fire was dispatched to rollover auto accident on Route 52 in front of Fishkill Glen condos. One victim was extricated from the vehicle. The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital by Alamo ambulance. Town of Fishkill Police are investigating.

Photo credit: Robert Reynolds Jr.


Update: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fire in restaurant kitchen ruled accidental

By Lindsay Suchow Poughkeepise Journal

FISHKILL - A fire in the kitchen of an empty restaurant Tuesday morning could have been far worse had it not been for the automatic sprinkler system, said Kevin Barry, public information officer for the Rombout Fire Company.

At 1:38 a.m. Tuesday, the Rombout Fire Company was dispatched to an alarm at the Seasons II restaurant in the Dutchess Park shopping center at 1545 Route 52. Chief John Lucariello, the first to arrive on the scene, saw smoke coming from the building and sounded the first alarm, Barry said.

Additional engines from Rombout arrived at the scene, along with mutual aid from Hughsonville's Firefighter Assist and Search Team, and it was determined the fire was coming from the rear kitchen area of the restaurant, Barry said.

Firefighters gained access through a rear door and quickly located the fire in the kitchen area. Barry said an automatic sprinkler system which had been activated in the restaurant thoroughly helped firefighters contain the blaze.

" Without this system going off and containing the fire, this company would've had to battle a major fire at this restaurant, so it was very good things happened this way," Barry said.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury while battling the fire and was evaluated at the scene, Barry said.

The Dutchess County Fire Investigation team ruled the fire accidental in nature, Barry said.

Seasons II had been closed for about two and a half hours before the fire started and the building was empty during the fire. The restaurant is now closed for repairs and it has not yet been determined when they will reopen, Barry said.

The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office and Alamo Ambulance assisted at the scene and Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. also came to turn off the electricity and the gas to the building.

Sprinkler system saves business from disaster

Mid-Hudson News

Fishkill - Rombout Fire Department officials said that had it not been for a working sprinkler system in a restaurant kitchen, the business would have gone up in flames.

Fire officials received a call of smoke in the rear of Seasons Two restaurant at the Dutchess Park Shopping Center on Route 52 shortly after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

When Chief John Lucariello arrived on the scene, he called a first alarm with back up from Hughsonville Fire Department.

As firefighters entered the building from a rear door, they observed that the sprinkler system had activated and suppressed the flames. Without that, there would have been a serious fire.

The cause has been determined by the Dutchess County Fire Investigatory Team as accident; however, local fire officials would not elaborate as to the suspected cause.

Update: Thursday, December 6, 2007

1 killed in head-on crash; Route 9 is reopened

By Christine Pizzuti Poughkeepise Journal (Photo from Journal)

FISHKILL - A person driving an Utz snack foods box truck was killed in a collision with a large dump truck hauling stone on Route 9 Wednesday afternoon.

Town of Fishkill police, who were in charge of the accident scene, did not release any names, pending notification of the family.

"We believe it was a head-on," town police Sgt. John Miller said. "But the investigation is still pending."

Initially, it seems the Utz truck was traveling north, and the dump truck, from West Hook Sand & Gravel, was heading south, on the way to deliver stone to Long Island.

The two vehicles collided near Interstate 84, about a quarter mile north of the Putnam County border, Miller said.

Route 9 was closed from the time emergency officials arrived on the scene around 2 p.m., and reopened about 8:15 p.m., Miller said.

The state Department of Transportation was on the scene to clean up the gravel spill.

Check Poughkeepsie Journal and MidHudson News for more information.

Update: Monday, November 26, 2007

Truck boom smashed bus windshield on highway

From: Mid-Hudson News Network

FISHKILL--A sign installation boom on a truck smashed the windshield on a Monsey Bus Company bus as it traveled on I-84 in Fishkill Monday morning. The accident occurred near the Route 52 exit eastbound on the superhighway.

State Police said the truck and bus drivers dispute which vehicle swayed across lanes, but the bus driver ran off the road after his windshield broke in the 10:15 a.m. accident.

The coach bus, based in Spring Valley, had some 45 college student passengers. One sustained a minor head injury, according to police.

One lane of I-84 was blocked for some two hours causing two to three mile backups to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.

Rombout Fire Department personnel assisted in traffic control at the scene.

Bus-truck accident this morning resulted in one minor injury

From Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL-- The boom on a utility vehicle hit the windshield on the right-hand side of a tour bus in an accident this morning that closed an eastbound lane on Interstate 84 around exit 12 in Fishkill for about two hours.

One person was transported to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital with a minor head injury, according to Kevin Barry of the Rombout Fire Department.

No tickets were issued and New York State Police at Newburgh are ruling it an accident.

The bus with 44 people on board went over to the left shoulder into the ditch.

Photo credit: John Lucariello, Chief Rombout Fire


Update: Wednesday, November 12, 2007

2-car accident injures 4 on Route 9 in Fishkill

From: Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL-- A sport utility vehicle ran a red light and struck a four-door sedan on Route 9 and Merritt Boulevard at approximately 9:15 p.m. Sunday, the Rombout Fire Department said.

The sedan was making a left turn into Wal-Mart, according to the fire department, when the SUV traveling south on Route 9 ran a red light and collided with the sedan.

Each car had two passengers.

All four, including one child, were transported by Alamo Ambulance and Mobile Life to Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, fire department spokesman Kevin Barry said.

He said the victims had to be extricated from the vehicles.

Traffic was detoured while agencies cleaned up the accident scene.

The village and town of Fishkill police departments also responded to the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by Town of Fishkill police.

Update: Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Rombout Fire Company takes pride in honoring it's members that have answered their last alarm with an annual Memorial Service. This years service will be held Sunday, November 11, at 10:00AM at Rombout Fire Station 1, 901 Main St, Fishkill, NY. The twenty six names of those who served unselfishly to this community will be read off and a bell is rung for each in their honor. Dress will be full dress uniform, or suit if you have not been issued one.

Update: Saturday, October 27, 2007

Rombout Bids Final Farewell To Past Chief Paul Moy

FISHKILL, NY - Members of the Rombout Fire Company bid final farewell to past Chief Paul Moy who passed away recently at the age of 50. Chief Moy was a life member and past chief on several occasions besides an associate member of Glenham Fire Company. Firefighters from City of Beacon, Chelsea, Castle Point, Dutchess Junction, East Fishkill, Glenham, Hughsonville, North Highland and the Village of Fishkill joined with the Moy family and Rombout Fire Company to show their respects. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rombout Fire Company, In Memory of Paul Moy, 901 Main Street, Fishkill, NY 12524.

Rombout would like to thank all those that helped us in our time of need and especially Hughsonville and Village of Fishkill for attending to matters at our firehouse during the service.

Photos credit Kevin Barry

Update: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of Paul Moy on Tuesday, October 23rd 2007. Paul joined the department in 1976 and was Chief of the Company from 1993 - 1995 and 1999 - 2001. Paul was an Active Life member of the Fire Company (25 Years of Active Service). Paul was also an Active Associate Life Member of Slater Fire Company, Glenham, NY.

The wake will be on Friday October 26, from 16:00 to 20:00 hours at Auchmoody Funeral Home Fishkill, NY. Rombout Fire Company will hold a memorial Service at 19:00 hours. The funeral will be Saturday October 27th at 10:00 with a service held at St Marys in Fishkill and Burial at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Refreshments will follow at Rombout Station 1.

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Update: Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Faced with 'smoke,' kids learn what to do

By Alice Hunt Poughkeepsie Journal

BRINCKERHOFF - Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, and members of the Rombout Fire District want to make sure the children in their area know what to do if confronted with either one.

In honor of Fire Prevention Safety Week, members of the fire department visited Brinckerhoff Elementary School Tuesday morning to discuss fire safety. As part of the visit, fifth-grade students took a tour of the Rombout Fire District's "smoke house," a trailer that uses a non-toxic smoke simulator to show children what a room filled with smoke would look like, and to offer practice of how an escape route might be used.

As the trailer filled with the "smoke," the children fell to the ground and crawled to the opposite side of the house for safety.

The younger children were given a tour of one of the department's fire engines, and discussed fire safety with Rombout fire commissioner and firefighter Sharon Forbes.

"We really want to instill that they need to have two ways out of each room of the house," Forbes said.

Kids told never to re-enter burning site

In her presentation, Forbes also stressed the importance of staying out of the home.

"You should never, ever, ever re-enter a burning building," she told the children.

Will Bowman said he learned a lot from the department's visit.

"I learned if someone is deaf, there should be a fire alarm that has a flashing light," the 9-year-old said.

The firefighters also wore their full uniforms and equipment for the children, including helmets and masks.

"With the smaller kids, we want to show them what we look like when we have all of our gear on, so they know not to be scared if we have to enter their house," Acting Fire Capt. Kenny Schirmer explained.

Fourth-grader Juliana Nikac, 9, said she liked the presentation.

"It was really cool to see what they look like with their masks," she said.

By teaching the children, the department ends up helping the community as a whole, firefighter John Webb said.

"A lot of the time the kids educate the parents," he said. "They'll go home and make sure their parents have and practice an escape route and check the smoke detectors."

Reach Alice Hunt at hunta@poughkeepsiejournal.com or 845-437-4819


Update: Tuesday October 2, 2007

Fire station to give out free smoke detectors

FISHKILL . In preparation for Fire Prevention Week in October, Home Depot has donated smoke detectors to Rombout Fire Company. The detectors will be available to be picked up for residents of the Rombout Fire District from 7-8 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 1 at Rombout Fire Company, Station One, 901 Route 52.

Smoke detectors will be available to residents on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

Residents are reminded to change their batteries when changing their clocks back this Fall for Daylight savings time. Also if your detector is older than 8-10 years it should be replaced.

For information on smoke detectors including where to install visit US Fire administation


Update: Monday, September 24, 2007

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the Officers and Members of the Rombout Fire Company announce the passing of Anthony "Tony" Ducharme on Thursday, September 20th 2007. Tony was an exempt member of the Fire Company and was serving as a Board of Director at the time of his passing. Tony served as a member of the Fire Police for twelve years and was a member of the company for twenty-two years.

Update: Monday, September 24, 2007

Photos from the Monday night ladder drill. Photo's and Story

Update: Monday, July 23, 2007

Fallen tree leads to 2 trucks crashing

Rasheed Oluwa Poughkeepsie Journal

FISHKILL --A fallen tree sent a pickup truck airborne and led to a dump truck overturning, an accident that left two men injured and Route 9 closed for several hours Monday.

About noon, a tree along Route 9 fell across the north and southbound lanes near the Dutchess Mall. Police believe the heavy rain caused the tree to fall.

A northbound 12-wheel dump truck carrying a load of dirt tried to avoid the tree but ended up turning on its side and sliding into both lanes. The driver of the dump truck, Nestorio Gallegos, 39, of Elmsford, Westchester County, was working for Freddy's Contracting in Peekskill.

A pickup truck driven by George Monath, 55, of Carmel, was headed south on Route 9 when it drove over the tree, went airborne and crashed into the front of the dump truck. The pickup truck traveled another 100 feet before coming to a stop.

Drivers hospitalized

Both men were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, where they were treated for undisclosed injuries, according to Fishkill town police Chief Don Williams.

Williams said a preliminary investigation revealed Monath was driving without a driver's license, an expired registration, switched license plates and no insurance.

Officials from the Rombout and North Highlands fire departments, Mobile and Alamo ambulances and the state Department of Transportation assisted police at the scene.

Northbound traffic on Route 9 was redirected at the Putnam County line while southbound traffic was re-directed at the Dutchess Mall. Tow trucks from Hyatt's Garage in East Fishkill were called to the scene to help lift the truck upright.

Route 9 was reopened about 2:30 p.m., according to Williams.

Poughkeepsie Journal Video

Link to 7/23/2007 story

Link to 7/24/2007 story


Update: Sunday, January 21, 2007

As many are aware of the tragic fire early Friday morning, Rombout Fire Company would like for our thoughts and prayers to go out to the families and friends who are dealing with this terrible loss.

We would like to thank our mutual aid fire departments for coming to our need in this tragic fire; Chelsea, City of Beacon, East Fishkill, Glenham, Hughsonville, New Hackensack, North Highlands, Village of Fishkill, and Alamo Ambulance.

We would also like to thank the hospitality of the, American Red Cross of Dutchess County, Mezzaluna Brickoven Pizza, and the I-84 Diner.

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Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York

Our Mission

The Rombout Fire Company strives to provide the best Fire Suppression, Hazard Mitigation, and Rescue Service in Dutchess County. Simply put, we try to be the best of the best, and the bravest of the bravest. 

About Rombout

The Rombout Fire Company was formed in 1971 and is a 100% volunteer Fire Department. We are located in Dutchess County NY which is about 60 miles north of New York City. The District is composed of  Residential, Commercial and Industrial properties. We cover 14.3 square miles. The Town and Village of Fishkill is composed of 5 different fire companies, Rombout, Village of Fishkill, Glenham, Chelsea, and Dutchess Junction. We have about 50 active members from all different walks of life. We have two stations, one located on Route 52 near Interstate 84, and a second, on Cedar Hill Rd near Route 52.

Contact Information

Telephone
(845) 896-8620
FAX
(845) 896-8655
Postal address
901 Main Street, Fishkill, New York 12524
Electronic mail
General Information: information@romboutfire.com
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Neighboring Fire Departments

(alphabetical order)

Beacon

Chelsea

Dutchess Junction

East Fishkill

Glenham

Hughsonville

New Hackensack

New Hamburg

North Highlands

SW Johnson

Village of Fishkill

EMS Units

Beacon Vol. Ambulance Corps

Mobile Life Support

Helicopter Units

NY State Police Aviation Unit

Stat Flight

Other

Dutchess County Red Cross

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