Fire Department

The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department is a 64-man career-staffed department that protects 31,000 people living in a area of 4.78 square miles.  We operate three fire stations that respond to almost 5,000 calls per year.  The city’s apparatus includes four engines, two ladder trucks, one rescue vehicle and a fire/rescue boat.

Inspections

The City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department is now performing the “Public Assembly” and “Operating Permit License” inspections.  Applications are available below.

Operating Permit Licensing Application»
Place of Public Assembly License Application»

Fire Department Divisions

Administration:
Duties include: formulation, coordination and delivery of fire department services, supervision and direction of subordinate divisions, long-term and strategic planning, as well as the annual budget.

Training and Development:
Duties include: in-service and field training to all firefighters and officers to insure they are kept up-to-date on the latest in firefighting methods and safety; direct responsibility for all academy recruits until completion of field training; and providing and co-sponsoring training with adjacent departments and civic groups.

Suppression and Protection:
Responds to all requests for emergency assistance when dispatched by the City of Poughkeepsie E-911 Center.

Fire Prevention:
Duties include: on-site visits to local schools, churches, as well as each of the fire houses throughout the year.

Investigation:
Investigates the cause and origin of fires or explosions to determine whether it is suspicious, accidental or intentional in nature.  When necessary, this division works jointly with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.