The City's organized Fire Department dates back to 1886 and has been protecting the City of Beacon since the its establishment in 1913.

The combined volunteer and career Fire Departments provide fire and rescue services with a staff of 13 full-time career firefighters, approximately 26 volunteer firefighters and three support personnel.

The Fire Department operates out of three firehouses that accommodate five fire apparatuses. Two of the City's firehouses are in beautiful historic buildings.

The Department responds to more than 1,600 runs per year, while being designated as having the fastest response time in Dutchess County. The City of Beacon Fire Department is part of Battalion 7 of the Dutchess County Emergency Response Unit.

Mase Hook and Ladder
Three story 1911 station house at 425 Main Street
Tel: (845) 831-1334

Beacon Engine, Station 1
Historic 1889 station house at 57 East Main Street
Tel: (845) 831-0780

Lewis Tompkins Hose, Station 2
The city's newest 1982 station at 13 South Avenue
Tel: (845) 831-3516

Fire Safety Tips: Use these tips today to protect your home and family

Smoke Alarms

  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms.
  • Place a smoke alarm on every level including inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Interconnect the alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Install smoke alarms and alert devices to assist family members who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Alert devices, such as strobe lights, flash when the smoke alarm sounds. Pillow or bed shakers may be useful to wake a person who is sleeping. The shakers are triggered by the sound of the smoke alarm and shake people awake to warn them of a fire.
  • Test your alarms at least once a month. Press each test button to make sure it is working.
  • Review the Consumer Product Safety Commission,, website for information on recalled smoke alarms.

Home Escape Plan

  • Plan your home escape; including two ways out of each room. Share the escape plan with everyone in the family and guests.
  • The plan should include two ways out of every room and an outside family meeting place.
  • Share the escape plan with everyone in the family and guests.
  • Practice your fire drill.
  • Make sure children, older adults, and people with disabilities have assistance.
  • Make sure your home has bright lighting in stairways to prevent falls.
  • Remove clutter to prevent trips and falls to allow for a quick escape.
  • Install handrails along the full length of both sides of the stairs.
  • If you live in an apartment, know the location of all available exit stairs on your floor in case the nearest one is blocked by fire or smoke and use the stairs to get out, never use the elevator unless directed by the fire department.

Fire Response

  • If there is a fire, get outside quickly and stay outside. Then call 9-1-1.
  • If you can’t get outside call 9-1-1. Let the fire department know you can’t get outside. Wave a light-colored cloth or a flashlight near the window, but don’t open the window.
  • If there is smoke, use your second way out. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke.