Organized in June 1930 by the North Shore Beach Property Owners Association, the North Shore Beach Fire Department was officially founded in October 1930 with just 8 members and moved into their firehouse (which stills stands today as a welding shop). Their first rig was a 1920’s Packard chemical engine donated by the owners of the NY Daily Mirror newspaper in Brooklyn who owned the land parcels of Rocky Point (the rig was warehoused in Brooklyn during the winter months & driven out to Rocky Point every summer during a nearly two week trek from over 50 miles away!!)

In 1931, the Rocky Point Fire Department was formed covering the Tides & Terraces areas. Their first rig was bought used for $25.00 and stored in an old 1861 school house until moving to their current firehouse in 1937. In 1953, North Shore Beach FD moved into their current firehouse and four years later, the departments merged as the Rocky Point Fire Department. In 1960, the Village of Shoreham joined the fire district spawning the formation of Shoreham Fire Co# 3. After several years of storing their apparatus in private garages, Station 3 was constructed in 1964. Present day, the department protects 48 square miles including Rocky Point, the Village of Shoreham, a NYS nature preserve & 7 miles of beachfront along the Long Island Sound. Operating from 3 stations, 120 volunteers provide Fire, Technical Rescue & ALS level EMS protection answering over 2,200 alarms annually.








Special thanks to Asst. Chief Terry McCarrick for arranging this photo shoot as well as Company# 4 member Gene Buchner for his assistance in positioning the apparatus for photos and providing information on the department.

Rocky Point

Company# 1

North Shore Beach

Company# 2


Company# 3

Rocky Point Fire Department

EMS Company# 5

Note: Photographing this department took on special meaning for me as I was a charter employee of their paid ALS responder program and worked alongside the members who manned the apparatus presented here.