Armonk Independent Fire Company
Banksville Independent Fire Company
Non- Emergency Contact:
North Castle South Fire District No. 1
NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control
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Armonk Independent Fire Company, District #2
The Armonk Fire Department is a 100 percent volunteer-staffed fire department. The Department responds to fire and ambulance calls in North Castle Fire District #2 (Armonk) and ambulance calls in Fire District #3 (Banksville).
The men and women of the Armonk Fire Department serve their community by responding at all hours and in all types of weather when the call for help is received. Since we are a volunteer organization and there are many times when there is no one at the firehouse, we are alerted by our paging devices and the siren. After being alerted, our members respond to the firehouse and take the appropriate equipment and personnel to the scene. Modern technology assists them in responding quickly and safely to a wide variety of emergency situations.
In contrast to the brush fires in the early days of the Department, today's calls might include multiple vehicle high speed accidents on I-684, calls for critical medical assistance, multiple story structure fires, burning electrical lines, hazardous material accidents, or a plane crash. Members receive specialized training and are encouraged to participate in both the Department and Westchester County's various emergency response teams. Some of these teams include HAZMAT, Search and Rescue, Critical Stress Debriefing, Ice Rescue and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response.
On average, the Department responds to approximately 900 calls per year. Fire and ambulance calls are just about evenly split. Our coverage area for fire response is approximately 16 square miles and includes Westchester County Airport. Our ambulance coverage is approximately 24 square miles. The chart below show our actual response numbers for 2004:
|Incident Type (2004)||Count||Percent|
|Emergency Medical Calls||424||51.1%|
|Hazardous Conditions (No Fire)||50||6.0%|
|Good Intent Call||48||5.8%|
- 2 Pumpers
- 1 Pumper with rescue capabilities (Jaws of Life)
- 1 Tanker Truck containing 3,000 gallons of water
- 1 Utility Vehicle
- 3 Ambulances
- 1 Boat for water rescue
- 1 Mass Decontamination Trailer
We currently have sixty responding members including 22 Emergency Medical Technicians. Training is an important part of each member's responsibilities. Last year our members participated in over 1,800 hours of documented training.
The Department was organized in April 1930 by William Taylor, Harry Williams and Harry Jackson. These three men were called upon to assist the Greenwich, Connecticut, Fire Department in putting out a local grass fire. They were each given a broom to smother the fire, and they worked side by side with the Greenwich firefighters until the fire crossed over from Connecticut to New York, entering the sleepy little hamlet of Armonk. The Greenwich Fire Department, seeing that it had done its part for its community, left the fire to the three young New Yorkers who had nothing more than a broom in each of their hands. After putting the fire out on the New York side, the three gentlemen decided that they should have a fire department in the hamlet of Armonk, into which the fire traveled that fateful day.
We are always looking for new members that aren't afraid of a little hard work and the desire to help their neighbors in times of need. If you're interested, stop by the firehouse on a Monday night and speak with the Chief.
Additional information is available on the Department's website: www.armonkfd.com