City of Rye, NY

Fire Department

Mike Billington
Fire Chief
(914) 967-4530


Emergency:  (914) 967-3457 or 911
Milton: (914) 967-4731
Fire Inspector: (914) 967-4586
Fax: (914) 967-8761


Description of Services

The Fire Chief directs the Fire Department which is responsible for the protection of life and property through fire suppression and prevention.


Key Services

Responds to emergency fire calls

Fire Alarm Codes

Emergency Services:

  • Fire suppression service
  • Control of hazardous material incidents
  • Accident victim extrication
  • Public safety education
  • Vehicle extraction
  • Building collapse
  • Flood evacuation
  • Security of utility services during floods of utility company emergencies until the arrival of emergency crews from the utility company and all other natural disorders

Marine fire protection

  • Assistance to other agencies for search & rescue
  • Assistance to other agencies for emergency electric power
  • Assistance to other agencies for traffic control
  • Mutual aid assistance to other communities


  • Fire prevention programs and activities
  • Building lock-out/lock-in assistance


  • Fire and arson investigations
  • Code Enforcement
  • Fire safety inspections

Carreer Lieutenant and Fire Inspector:
Lieutenant Kurt Tietjen, Fire Inspector, Email:

Rye Professional Firefighters Association:
John Castelhano, President, Email:    
Andrew Northsheild, Vice President, Email:
Harold Aken III, Secretary - Treasurer, Email:

Volunteer Staff:

Mike Billington Chief of Department
Dave Larr First Assistant Chief
Kyle Wagman Second Assistant Chief 

Board of Fire Wardens:
Peter  Anfuso
Vincent Ballantoni
Joseph  Banahan
James Burke
Robert Martin
Arcadio Ocasio
Anthony Scafone
Lori Talento


Fire Companies of the Rye Fire Department

Poningoe Hook and Ladder Company
Joseph Graham – Captain
Clyde Pitts – Lieutenant
Richard Cadigan – Lieutenant
Joseph Banahan – Warden
Arcadio  Ocasio – Warden


Poningoe Engine and Hose Company
Mike Billington – Chief
Dave Larr – Chief
Cristian Acevedo – Captain
Antonio Alba – Lieutenant
Ricardo Acevedo – Lieutenant
Vincent BallantoniWarden
Anthony Scarfone – Warden


Milton Point Engine and Hose Company
?Daniel Bochicchio – Captain
Peter Kennedy – Lieutenant
Peter AnfusoWarden
James Burke – Warden


Fire Police Patrol
Kyle Wagman – Chief
Lester MillanCaptain
Rex GedneyLieutenant
Lori TalentoWarden
Robert Martin – Warden