December 10th, 2013
The Annual Election of the Philipstown North Highlands Fire District will take place on December 10, 2013 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the North Highlands Engine Co. No. 1 Fire House located at 504 Fishkill Road, Cold Spring, N.Y.
OFFICIAL NOTICE: Official Notice - Print and Post
October 15th, 2013
The annual district budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6pm at the firehouse. OFFICIAL NOTICE: Event Flyer - Print and Post
July 24, 2013
These two members helped create what is now the North Highlands Eng.Company and the North Highlands Ladies Auxiliary, their dedication and commitment to the Department and the community will be be missed by all they touched.
It is with the deepest regret the North Highlands Fire Department announces the passing of Charter Member George W Van Tassel who we all knew as “Weezer”. George was the wife of Ladies Auxiliary Member Teresa Van Tassel, Father of Ex-Chief John Van Tassel, Father in law to Treasurer Kristin Van Tassel and Grandfather to Member Mike Lyons. During his many years with the Department George served to the rank of 2nd Assistant Chief and on the Board of Fire Commissioners. Weezer was someone who always had a smile on his face and would go out of his way to talk to the younger members as he knew they were the future, he was a true friend to all he came in contact with. George and many of his brother firemen are the reason The North Highlands Eng Co # 1 exists today and we will always remember him for that. Rest in Peace George, for you've answered your final alarm. We will always remember and love you.
It is with deepest condolences the North Highlands Ladies Auxiliary announce the passing of Charter Member and past President Shirley Engelbride. Shirley was extremely dedicated to the Auxiliary and passionate about her volunteer work. Over the years, the Auxiliary was called upon by the Chief in emergency situations and Shirley was always able to rally up Auxiliary members to serve food and drinks to the fireman. When the Department would participate in a parade, Shirley would make sure that there were enough girls to march. Her volunteerism and dedication to the Fire Department for so many years will always be appreciated and she truly will never be forgotten. We will miss her dearly.
June 8th, 2013
Even though we took best Engine in the Montrose parade tonight the real trophy came when we made a surprise visit to the Montrose VA Hospital to see Charter Member George "Weezer" Van Tassel. The smile on his face was better than any trophy. George was able to see for the first time the 2 newest editions to the FD , the 2011 Seagrave and the 2011 Chevy Command Vehicle. If it wasn't for the charter members like George who built the Fire Department up with their bare hands and sweat none of us would be able to enjoy the brotherhood we have today , we love you Weezer.
May 18th, 2013
On May 18, 15 of North Highlands finest traveled to Ballston Spa to compete in Hero Rush. "Hero Rush is the blazingly tough, totally unique and absolutely fun 3-5 mile obstacle race and experience created by real firefighters (for EVERYONE!) that will challenge you to the max."
The course in Ballston Spa was over 4 miles and Team NHFD finished 17th out of 91 teams.
May 15th, 2013
On May 15th at 4:41 pm North Highlands Fire Department was dispatched to a reported to a report of a car fire at 18 Ethels Lane in Philipstown. 21-1-1 arrived on the scene first and reported a working car fire. Rescue 21-6-1 arrived on the scene and a quick knock down was made. North Highlands was assisted on the scene by the Putnam County Fire investigation team and all units were clear and back in service by 6:56.
Active Member Passes On
May 4th, 2013
It is with deep regret the North Highlands Engine Company announces the passing of 35 year Active member George Nicholls. George faithfully served the Fire Department as a Past President and a current member of the Board of Trusties. He was the voice of North Highlands base for many years and seldom did a call go out where one couldn’t hear “North Highlands base is on the Air” from him.
North Highlands Base will remain on the air in your memory Georgie
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Past Commissioner Passes On
March 3rd, 2013
It is with deep regret the North Highlands Engine Company announces the passing of Past Commissioner and Associate member Larry Brigati. Larry faithfully served as a member of the Board of Fire Commissioners from 1992 until 2009. Larry dedicated his life to the fire service as he was also a retired firefighter with the FDNY. A wake will be held for Larry at the Clinton Funeral Home in Cold Spring on Monday March 4th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm for anyone wishing to pay their last respects.
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January 12th, 2013
On January 12th at 10:25pm North Highlands Fire was dispatched to a reported structure at 13 Old Postal Rd. 21-1-1 on location was reporting heavy smoke thru out the residence. The first due engine went to work and found fire on both the first floor and the attic area. The fire was quickly knocked down by crews from North Highlands and Cold Spring and contained to 1 room and the attic area. Mutual aid was requested from Cold Spring with 1 engine, Garrison with 1 tanker and 1 rescue, Village of Fishkill (FAST), Glenham with 1 tanker and Rombout with 1 engine for standby. Philipistown VAC and the Putnam County Fire Investigation Team were also on the scene. All units were back in service by 01:30.
December 31, 2012
On December 31 North Highlands Fire was dispatched to a reported 1 vehicle MVA car into a tree on RT 9 in the area of Lady Blue Devil Lane. Upon arrival it was determined a single vehicle had driven off the road head on into a tree. EMT’s from Philipstown VAC and North Highlands determined the patient was in serious condition which required a rapid extrication upon arrival of the Ambulance and Medic. The patient was transported to St Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie in serious condition. RT 9 was limited to 1 lane for over 2 hours while the Putnam County Sherriff’s Department did their accident investigation.
December 24, 2012
On Christmas Eve at 15:40 North Highlands was dispatched to a reported 1 vehicle MVA with entrapment on Fishkill Rd. 21-1-1 was on the scene and confirmed extrication would be needed as the vehicle went sideways into a tree. After the roof was removed the Philipstown Ambulance members removed the patient and transported him to the hospital with what appeared to be non life threatening injuries. Fishkill rd was closed for approximately 45 minutes.