The Grasslands Fire Brigade offers fire suppression and life safety services to the Grasslands Campus and Westchester Medical Center located in Valhalla. Service is provided Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. with after-hour coverage provided by Valhalla and Hawthorne Fire Departments.
Presently there are 30 volunteer members of the brigade, comprised of employees from the County Departments of Emergency Services and Public Works. All members are state certified in FF1 and many are trained to the Haz-Mat tech level.
To ensure proficiency of skills for safe operations, members are required to attend monthly training classes and drills on various subjects ranging from fire suppression to CPR. All training is conducted at the DES training facility.
The fire brigade responds to emergencies with six pieces of apparatus and a chief’s car. The responding vehicles include Engine 7, Rescue 78, Ladder 7, Utility 3 and Utility 173 along with car 2541. The vehicles are housed at both the DES training center and the DPW operations building.
The Grasslands Fire Brigade headquarters are located at the DES training center at 4 Dana Road, Valhalla, under the direction of Chief Neil Caputo.
Chief Neil Caputo
Asst. Chief Denis Halloran
Asst. Chief Robert Tocco
Asst. Chief Luci Labriola-Cuffe
Captain Rob Russell III
Captain Jason Lewer
Tom Alessi, Driver E7
Joe Primerano, Driver L7