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District Annual Election

December 9th, 2014

The Annual Election of the Philipstown North Highlands Fire District will take place on December 9, 2014 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

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Mike Lyons first to recieve Firehouse Award

January 20, 2014

North Highlands Eng Co. # 1 would like to congratulate Firefighter Mike Lyons on becoming the first recipient of the George “Weezer” Van Tassel Firefighter of the Year Award. Helping present this year’s award is George Van Tassel’s son, John Van Tassel. Mike Lyons is the grandson of George Van Tassel and this is his second year winning this award. Congratulations Mike, keep up the great work.

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Pizza Night is Back

January 17, 2014

Welcome 2014!! North Highlands F.D. PIZZA NIGHT IS BACK!! Friday, January 17th is a special, dedicated night to start the New Year with our successful pizza nights. At our December meeting, the members of our department discussed how we could support the Lovell family, who resides in our District. The decision was made that we could best do that with the 1st NHFD Pizza Night for 2014 be dedicated to the Lovell family. That time has come; ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE LOVELL FAMILY. Please see the attached flyer for details. This will be a TAKE OUT ONLY night due to the anticipated response. We look forward to your support! Thank you!

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Cold Spring M/A Fire

January 7, 2014

On Tuesday January 7th North Highlands Engine Co # 1 was dispatched mutual aid to Cold Spring Fire Company to assist them at a working structure fire off Wall street in the village.

ARTICLE: http://philipstown.info/2014/01/10/house-trailer-burns-cold-spring/

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Rombout M/A Fire

January 4, 2014

North Highlands Eng Co # 1 FAST Responds to Rombout for structure fire.

ARTICLE: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20140105/NEWS01/140105001/Officials-5-displaced-Fishkill-fire-no-smoke-alarms

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Chimney Fire in North Highlands

January 3, 2014

On Friday night January 3rd North Highlands Engine Company # 1 responded to a reported chimney fire in the Lake Valhalla community. When firefighters arrived on the scene the found an active burning chimney fire, the fire was quickly extinguished with no damage to the residence.

We would just like to remind home owners to please make sure your chimney has been cleaned for the season and make sure you burn only clean seasoned wood to avoid any problems.

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North Highlands FD Rescues Hiker

November 11, 2013

On November 3rd North highlands and Cold Spring Fire Departments along with Philipstown VAC spent 6 1/2 hours up the Breakneck Mountain rescuing a female hiker with a broken ankle. I just wanted to give a thumbs up to all the members who hiked up to this girl and stayed with her as the temperatures dropped into the 30's. In the end West Point High Angle Rescue Team was called in and their helicopter picked her off the top of the summit as it was to dangerous for our members to carry her off the mountain in the dark. I also want to thank the Rombout fire department for standing by in our quarters and the NHFD Ladies Aux for the food spread they provided us when we got back , we were starved Again a great job by all.

The following is a thank you letter posted on facebook by the victim

We hiked to the top of Breakneck & guess what happened?... We met a group of real life heroes. After shattering & dislocating my ankle, a team of sherpas, volunteer firemen of the North Highlands Engine Company # 1, EMTs, and West Point Volunteer Fire Department and rescuers saved my life.

This handsome pack hiked over 1,100ft to meet us & carried me the rest of the 300+ft to the top. As if this wasn't enough, the team waited for a helicopter rescue with me for over 5 hours in the dark, cold, and wind without food or water, before hiking back down the mountainside.

A special thanks to Phillipstown EMT Josh McCarty and chief of the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 Matt Steltz for their exceeding compassion, patience, and kindness.

True life heroes. Besides my life, I really owe these guys some drinks!

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District Annual Organizational Meeting

December 12th, 2013

Please take notice that the organizational meeting for the Philipstown North Highlands Fire District of the Town of Philipstown, County of Putnam, New York, will be held on the 9th day of January, 2014, at 6 o'clock P.M.

OFFICIAL NOTICE: Official Notice - Print and Post

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District Annual Election

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

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LEGAL NOTICE - Budget Hearing Date

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

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Two North Highlands FD Charter Members Pass

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.


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