The Beekman Fire Police are sworn Peace Officers in the State of New York pursuant to Section 209-c of the General Municipal Law (GML) and are registered through the Central State Registry of Peace Officers. We are charged with certain responsibilities, which consist of: the direction of traffic at all fires, drills, parades, emergency scenes, crowd control, and other lawful duties that the Chief may order.
All Fire Police are required to successfully complete the twenty-two (22) hour New York State Fire Police Training Course within one year of appointment and are further encouraged to seek additional training to assist them in carrying out their duties.
The Fire Police are unique in that we respond to all calls, whether they are fire or EMS. We also carry our tools of the trade in our personal vehicles, rather than storing them on the fire apparatus. For safety and relief, we normally operate in pairs whenever possible. We have pre-fire plans established in order to assist in the continuous flow of traffic due to any type of emergency that may arise.
All Fire Police are covered under the Volunteer Firemen’s Benefit Law while on official duty within the district, or if you are on duty during a mutual aid situation, upon that district incident commander’s permission, you are also covered. All Fire Police are eligible to participate in the Fire District’s "Length Of Service Award Program" (LOSAP); a program in which firefighters receive an annuity-type award at age 62 based on years of active service to the fire district.
The Beekman Fire Police are always in search of good, interested people, who desire to make a positive difference in our town by reaching out and helping our fellow neighbors. If you will supply the time, we will supply the training and equipment!