Fire Department

News & Announcements

Hydrant Testing – April 15-24, 2021

This notice is to all residents of the City of Poughkeepsie who utilize City water – PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department will be servicing and testing the City fire hydrant system (weather permitting). This system is directly linked to the drinking water supply. Be further
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City of Poughkeepsie 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 & Applications

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/Smoke/Heat/CO Detection System Application»
Sprinkler System/Standpipe System Application»
Oil Tank Permit Application»
Multi-Residence Inspection Application»
LP & Hazardous Materials Application

Fire Department Divisions

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.

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.