The Montgomery Fire Department's Mission Statement:
It is the mission of The Montgomery Fire Department to preserve life and  property, promote public safety and fire prevention through leadership,  management and actions, as an all risk life safety response provider. It  is the department's endeavor to deliver the highest level of service to our residents with the utmost professionalism.

We are all volunteer and have been active and dedicated to our community since 1810. We're the oldest volunteer fire department in Orange County, having been organized on March 6th, 1810 with the appointment of the first three village fire wardens. We protect the residents of the Village of Montgomery as well as portions of the Town of Montgomery, totaling almost 17,000 citizens. Our district covers three large schools, a river, numerous lakes and ponds, and the Orange County Airport. Within our district, we respond to all fire, medical, hazmat, and rescue emergencies. We also provide mutual aid to surrounding fire districts (as they do to us) to increase capabilities during large incidents.

We have about 80 active members who respond from home, work, or wherever they may be. Each of our new members is at a minimum required to attend 90+ hours of the basic Firefighter 1 training provided by The New York State Department of State’s Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC). Also, new members may choose to take the basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) course which requires 140+ hours.

That basic training is only the beginning. The department holds regular weekly drills that can run up to three hours long. Members also regularly attend OFPC outreach classes at the Orange County Fire Training Center. Additionally, we bring in specialized training during the year. Over the past year we've had special training in Ice Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, and Thermal Imaging Cameras.

The fire service has dramatically changed over the 200 years we've been in existence. A hundred years ago, motorized apparatus were the biggest innovation. Fifty years ago, the self contained breathing apparatus was the hot topic. In 1958, we had two SCBAs in the department, now we have 31. These days, thermal imaging cameras are the latest breakthrough in firefighting technology (we currently have four). Our Department has grown substantially from 2 pieces of apparatus and 2 companies to today, where we run an Engine Compnay, a Truck Company, and a Fire Police Squad from our station. Each of our companies combined leave us with 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Rescue, 1 Fire Police Unit, 1 Brush Unit, 1 Medical Unit, 1 Boat, and 1 Ice Rescue Unit. For more information about our history, see "The History of Montgomery's Volunteer Professionals" written for our 200th Anniversary Parade Book.

We hope this website will be a new tool for us to introduce ourselves and interact with our community and neighbors to show them what we do.

   
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MFD Runs Large Chemical Spill at UPS
At 2114 hours on July 8th, MFD was dispatched to a chemical spill at the UPS warehouse on Neelytown Road. As this was during drill, R-222, E-223, T-221, and E-219 quickly got on the road and were updated that the chemical involved was volatile when mixed with water. Car 1 (Pressler) immediately requested the hazmat team activation and constant weather reports due to the spill being outdoors and a large rain storm moving into the area. Once on scene, MFD evacuated the building and set up a hot zone for the 30-40 gallon spill. Car 1 requested a 2nd alarm be transmitted for the box bringing in Coldenham, Walden, Maybrook, Campbell Hall, and Vails Gate to the staging area on scene to be utilized if the chemical did react. Pine Bush, Bullville, and Mechanicstown were called to stand by at MFD. The OC hazmat team arrived as the heavy rain began to fall and they were able to secure and package the chemical before it was able to react with the ... More
E-223 Runs Vehcile Fire on Route 17K as MFD Handles Numerous Alarms
At 1829 hours on July 7th, MFD was dispatched to a possible vehicle fire on Route 17K in the area of Barley Hill Road. MFD units arrived to find a well involved engine compartment fire on the vehicle. Firefighters knocked the fire down in under five minutes as a severe storm began to move in. Once the fire was knocked down, E-223 responded further up Route 17K to a tree and wires on fire call. Over the next two hours, MFD would handle over 10 storm related calls ranging from motor vehicle accidents, tree and wires down, trees into houses, medical emergencies, and a brush fire from downed electrical lines. MFD was assisted by Maybrook FD with an engine during the storm, as all of Montgomery's units were tied up at different scenes across the district.
Tanker to Coldenham for 3 Alarm Structure Fire
At 1304 hours on July 7th, MFD was dispatched under mutual aid for one tanker to the scene of a then second alarm structure fire in the Coldenham Fire District. E-223 and Car 2 (Hank) quickly got on the road and assisted CFD for several hours in extremely high temperatures to bring the blaze under control. MFD assisted in fire suppression and overhaul while on scene. During this alarm, MFD also ran a rollover motor vehicle accident of Albany Post Road that R-222 handled.


 
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