Wallkill Hook, Ladder and Hose Company

WALLKILL HOOK, LADDER AND HOSE COMPANY - ULSTER COUNTY CO.#64 proudly protects approximately 3000 people living in an area of 12 square miles. We operate out of 1 station that protects a primarily residential area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a volunteer status.

In 1902, a major fire hit the Toohey store, Crosby house and large horse shed on Wallkill Ave.in the downtown area of Wallkill(across from the Post Office). No fire department existed at that time. Residents using buckets scooped up water from the melted snow and fought the fire. A steamer from the Walden(Orange County) Fire Department was summoned and averted a disaster. After the fire in 1902, E.B. Dubois gathered citizens together to form a fire department. In 1903, the fire department was officially organized. Two companies were organized: Wallkill Hook & Ladder Co. #1 and Wallkill Hose Co. #2. Two hand-drawn hose carts and a used hand-drawn ladder truck were purchased. In 1924, the two companies combined to form the present company.The first motorized piece of apparatus was purchased in 1926. The fire district is located in the Town of Shawangunk, Ulster County, about 75 miles north of New York City. EMS service is provided by Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. They operate one ambulance. ALS is provided by Mobile Life Support.