The Scarsdale Fire Department is comprised of three divisions: Administration, Suppression, and Training.
Administration provides the overall management of the Department, including scheduling, procurement, fire safety inspections, fire prevention, and record keeping. In 2016, our department conducted 761 building safety inspections and issued 104 permits, a majority of which were requests to erect a tent or for public assembly.
Suppression operates the Village’s three firehouses and 12 vehicles, and responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
The Training Division is responsible for ensuring that career and volunteer firefighters are cognizant of current New York State and national performance standards and that they maintain the necessary skills to meet those criteria.
In total, the Department’s career staff of 46 uniformed members devoted over 11,800 hours to training in calendar year 2016, including many critical and specialized subjects such as hazardous material mitigation, weapons of mass destruction, rescue of trapped firefighters, trench and confined space rescue, safe driving tactics for emergency vehicles, physical conditioning and strength training, CPR, and other firefighting tactics and strategies.
Our 70 volunteer firefighters are divided into three companies, responsible for supplementing our full-time career force at major fires and during extreme weather events. In 2016, our volunteers participated in monthly training sessions here in the Village and in numerous specialized training sessions at the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services in Valhalla. The Department's volunteer firefighters completed more than 1,700 hours of training in 2016.
A major priority of the Training Division is the fire education/prevention effort, which involves community outreach through school visits, fire prevention fairs and publications.