The UJFD was formed in 1913 by a group of townspeople who were worried about protecting their homes and businesses. The first piece of fire fighting equipment in the town was a chemical tank mounted on two wagon wheels and stored in a one-door shed connected to the Elbridge Nealy furniture and jewelry store on Park Street. In 1936 a fire station was built at the corner of Park Street and Route 15. The station housed a 1923 Model-T Ford and a 1927 Packard Coupe that were customized with two forty-gallon chemical tanks. In 1936 the town of Jericho started providing contributions and the department began maintaining fire protection for Jericho and Underhill. As the towns grew, so did the fire department. A 1942 army surplus Chevrolet truck, with a 500 gallon per minute pump, was purchased. The first factory built fire truck, an International Model V196 was purchased in 1964. The Underhill-Jericho Fire Department currently operates six pieces of fire fighting apparatus. Each truck carries a mix of fire fighting and auto extrication equipment.
The UJFD fire fighting apparatus operate out of two fire stations. The Jericho substation is located on Brown’s Trace Road in Jericho Center and was built in 1982 on land that was donated to the department by Don and Alice Rivers. This substation is used primarily as a quick response station to calls in Jericho Center. The Underhill station is located at 420 Route 15 in Underhill Village and serves as the main station. The station was built in 1997 and was designed to serve as a fire station and an emergency operations center. This building consists of a 6400 sq. ft. apparatus bay area and a 4100 sq. ft. administrative section.
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Where is the closest Jericho fire station located?
The Jericho substation is located on 288 Brown’s Trace Road in Jericho Center and was built in 1982 on land that was donated to the department by Don and Alice Rivers. This substation is used primarily as a quick response station to calls in Jericho Center.
Where is the closest Underhill fire station located?
The Underhill station is located at 420 Route 15 in Underhill Village and serves as the main station. The station was built in 1997 and was designed to serve as a fire station and an emergency operations center. This building consists of a 6400 sq. ft. apparatus bay area and a 4100 sq. ft. administrative section.
I’d like to volunteer - what do I need to do?
We have a person on duty
Monday - Friday 7 am - 7 pm.
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Harry Schoppmann at UJFD- 899-4025
Nathan Goldman- 363-3548
Harry Schoppmann at UJFD- 899-4025
Sean McCann- 355-1044
In The Press
ISO insurance rating
The UJFD was re-evaluated by Insurance Services Organization ISO and we have attained a new PPC rating of 4/6/10 (4 in areas with hydrants, 6 for areas with no hydrants but within 5 road miles of a fire station and 10 for areas outside of 5 miles from a fire station). This is a huge accomplishment and, effective March 1, 2014, it may significantly LOWER the home owner's insurance premiums of many U-J residents. Please see these documents for more details regarding this system and its impact on insurance rates, including:
The Correlation of Fire Department Performance as to Improved Public Protection Classification Ratings
The Impact of Improved Public Protection Classification Ratings on Homeowners’ Insurance Rates
Events for the Public
Neighborhood Information Sessions
Fire prevention/education events and activities are regularly provided by the UJFD Fire Prevention Committee upon request for our schools and other community organizations. Interested parties should contact call the fire station at 899-4025 and leave a message.
Child seat safety checkups
Child seat safety checkups by UJFD Duty Officer Harry Schoppmann, an NHTSA certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, occur Monday - Friday by appointment only. Please come by the Underhill Fire Station (located at 420 Route 15) or call Harry at 899-4025 to schedule an appointment.
The UJFD participates in parades on:
Memorial Day wearing full dress uniform followed by a service at Jericho or Underhill cemetary
Harvest Market (last weekend in September) wearing turnout gear. Fire safety booth and a truck on display for the whole weekend.
(The UJFD also participates in parades on July 4th in the towns of Essex, Richmond, and Cambridge)
Be Fire Safe in your Home
Cleaning wood ashes
When cleaning out wood ashes from fireplaces or stoves, place these ashes in a metal container with a lid and store them well away from the house. Live embers in ashes can stay active for up to three days and if put into cardboard box or paper bags they could start a fire and spread to other combustible materials.
Using a kitchen range as a supplemental heating source
Never use a kitchen range or an oven as a supplemental heating source. If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit, if an extension cord is used make sure it has the necessary rating to carry an amp load.
Thawing frozen water
Never try to thaw frozen water pipes them with a blow torch or other open flame, use hot water or a laboratory tested device such as a hand held dryer for thawing.
Smoke and CO detectors batteries
Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have new batteries and test them monthly. Have a family plan in place for escaping your house in case of fire. If windows are used as emergency exits in your home and practice using them in the event fire should strike and make sure these windows open easily.
If there is a fire hydrant near your home you can assist the fire department by keeping the hydrant clear of snow so in the event it is needed, it can be located. Also, never park a vehicle in front of a fire hydrant.
If you have a vehicle-accessible pond, you may want to consider installing a dry hydrant into it. These aid our rural water supply efforts, and the UJFD will reimburse you the cost of the strainer and coupling hardware. Contact Duty Officer, Harry Schoppmann for more details.