The Scarsdale Fire Department is a combination department in Westchester County, New York, consisting of 47 career members and approximately 70 volunteers. The career staff is comprised of a fire chief, six fire captains, 39 firefighters, and a fire inspector. The Fire Department’s three divisions are Administration, Suppression, and Training.
Administration provides the overall management of the Department, including scheduling, procurement, fire safety inspections, fire prevention, and record keeping.
Suppression operates the Village’s three firehouses and eleven vehicles, and responds to emergency calls for service.
Training serves to ensure that career and volunteer firefighters are cognizant of current New York State and national standards of performance and maintain the necessary skills to meet those criteria.
In total, the Department’s career staff of 46 uniformed members devoted over 12,500 hours to training in calendar year 2015, 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.
The Department’s volunteer firefighters 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 volunteers completed more than 1,700 hours of training in 2015.
A major thrust of the Training division is the fire education/prevention effort, which involves community outreach through school visits, fire prevention fairs and publications.