Elsmere Firefighter Featured on News10 Special Report

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Jerome “Jerry” Smith Honored for 50 Years of Active Service

Monday, May 14, 2018

Firefighter Jerry Smith was honored recently for achieving 50 Years of Active Service with the Elsmere Fire Company. Jerry and his wife, Lois, live in Glenmont.

2018 Inspection

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Elsmere Fire District and Elsmere Fire Co. A, Inc. held Inspection activities on May 5, 2018 at the Fire Station and the Shaker Ridge Country Club...

Winning Inspection Team:

Engine 32

Lieutenant Donald Ballard                   
Alex Pope
Joseph Angermeier Jay Pregent
Alan Antenucci David Putnam
John Brennan James Reagan
Joseph Catalano Ashley Shepherd
Matthew Dombrowski Caitlin Shepherd
Frank Heuer Zachary Shepherd
Chad Hotaling Rob Symmons
Natasha Levchenko James Trotta
Robert McElroy Scott Turner
John Murphy William Webb
Eric Nusbaum Richard Webster
Jessica Nusbaum                                                            

Top Incident Responders in 2017

Wayne Johnson 245
John Murphy182
Alex MacDonald168
Mark Kovall157
William Webb157
Joseph Catalano154
Matthew Grant148
Steven Taylor132
Michael Taylor131
Trever Moon122
James Trotta118
William Martin118

Service Awards - 1 Year

Jordan BarachSteven Miller
Brendan BoyleCharles Peters
Thomas CurialeCaitlin Shepherd
Andrea GallacchiClyde Sisson
Mark KovallColleen Thompson
Alex MacDonaldBryan Wilson

Service Awards - 10 Years

James Foster
Steven Taylor
William Yates

Service Awards - 20 Years

Robert McElroy

Service Awards - 50 Years

Jerome "Jerry" Smith

Kevin M Shea Firematic Participation Award

Alexander G MacDonald

Firefighter Jerome C. Smith Honored for 50 Years of Firefighting Service

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The Elsmere Fire District and Elsmere Fire Company A, Inc. honored Firefighter Jerome "Jerry" C. Smith on May 5, 2018 for having achieved 50 years of active service as an Elsmere firefighter. Jerry was elected to active membership on July 25, 1968. He served as Fire Lieutenant from 1975 through 1977. Jerry served as Fire Captain from 1978 through 1981. He was the recipient of the Kenneth E. McNary Achievement Award on April 24, 1993 and became a Life Member of the Elsmere Fire Company A, Inc. that same month. He was awarded Life Membership in the Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firemen's Association in Jule 2006. In May 2001, he was cited for most drills attended the previous year. Jerry and his wife Lois reside in Glenmont.

Commissioner John E. Brennan Awarded Firefighter of the Year

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Elsmere Fire District Election Results

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

On Tuesday, December 12th voters in the Elsmere Fire District re-elected Commissioner Richard S. Webster to a five year term on the Board of Fire Commissioners....

Voters also approved a resolution of the Board of Fire Commissioners authorizing the financing and construction of a fire department substation on property owned by the Fire District at Feura Bush and Wemple Roads. The vote tally on this, Proposition 1, was 272 in favor and 180 opposed.

Elsmere Fire Company Elects Officers for 2018

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Elsmere Fire Company held Annual Election of Officers on December 7, 2017 and the following members were elected to office for 2018.....

The Company Nominated, and the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed, the following District Officers for 2018:

Chief: Francis J. Wickham

1st Assistant Chief: Robert C. Baldwin

2nd Assistant Chief: Marc F. Futia

Also, the Company Elected the following Company Line Officers for 2018:

Captain: Jeffrey M. Obernesser

1st Lieutenant: Michael A. Moon

2nd Lieutenant: Donald J. Ballard

3rd Lieutenant: William J. Yates

4th Lieutenant: Steven M. Taylor

Fire Police Lieutenant: Stephen R. Wright

Finally, the Company Elected the following Civil Officers for 2018:

President: John C. Murphy

Vice-President: Timothy C. Hannigan

Treasurer: Robert C. Johnson

Secretary: Alexander J. Pope

Quartermaster: Matthew H. Grant

Director (3 Year Term Expiring 12/31/20): Frank C. Heuer

Chaplain: Rev. James Daley

Lay Chaplains: Joseph M. Catalano, Matthew H. Grant, John T. Pregent, Jr., and Kenneth E. Zigrosser

Elsmere Volunteer Firefighters Help Send Gifts to Overseas Troops

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

On Saturday, November 25th. Click Here for the WNYT News Video

ELSMERE FIRE DISTRICT - INTO THE FUTURE (Planning for the Next 10 Years)

Friday, November 03, 2017

Elsmere Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners Adopts 2018 Budget

Thursday, October 19, 2017

After a public hearing, the Board of Fire Commissioners adopted a spending plan for FY 2018...

The plan calls for a $949,681 budget (up $14,758 or +1.58% from 2017). Tax Revenue is projected at $908,181 (up $16,058 or +1.79% from 2017). The projected Tax Rate per $1,000 of Assessed Valuation is 0.954843 (or a $0.009545 increase from 2017). The adopted tax levy is compliant with the NYS Tax Cap limit. For more detail, Click Here

Elsmere Fire Company Assists Bethlehem Food Pantry

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"At our Installation event back in January, Commissioner Joe Catalano shared a quote from someone that went something like "...not every day presents us with an opportunity to save a life but each day gives us an opportunity to touch someone's life...". That sentiment was never more evident than last Friday as members of Elsmere Fire Company took some time from their busy schedules to assist the Bethlehem Food Pantry in moving several tons of food generously donated over the previous month by Town residents through the postal carrier food collection effort."

"The work crew had no pre-plan nor any idea of what to expect when they arrived. Needless to say, when confronted with the mountain of food it seemed a daunting task. Then, Elsmere Fire did it's thing. Lt Wright secured the street, Lt. Moon and other members sized up the situation and came up with a plan. Matt and Frank were dispatched to bring the box trailer that was setup and ready to go the day before (thanks Don and whoever else made that happen). What seemed so daunting upon arrival was dispatched with in less than one and a half hours. Teamwork, determination, muscle and sweat, just another day at the office for Elsmere Fire Company A. This was all done without diminishing our ability to support our core mission of fire protection as Lt. Moon made sure we had Engine 31 staffed and ready to go should the need have arisen.

The food we moved will help support the Food Pantry's mission for several months. No we didn't put out any fires, save any lives, or educate someone about fire safety but in some small way we touched someone's life today and every day that the collected food makes its way to those in need.

Proud to be a member of an organization that steps up to the plate and delivers."

President John C. Murphy

Photos Courtesy of Scott E. Anson

Local Teacher with Ties to the Elsmere Fire Department Wins Statewide Award

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mrs. Elisa Futia, wife of Elsmere Fire Department Assistant Chief Marc Futia, was presented with the FASNY Teacher of the Year Award on May 15th.

Click this Link for More Information

Elsmere Fire Chief Frank Wickham Promotes Reading at the Bethlehem Public Library

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Visitors to the Bethlehem Public Library will be greeted by a banner featuring Elsmere Fire Chief Frank Wickham promoting  and encouraging residents to make frequent use of the library and its wealth of resources.

Fire Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Wright Receives Firefighter of the Year Award

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The 2017 Recipient, Fire Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Wright, received this award at the NA Blanchard Legion Post #1040 on March 6, 2017.

Steve joined the Department in July 1975. He has been very involved over the course of his 42 year career. On May 11, 2002 Steve received recognition for his involvement in the 9/11 World Trade Center response. He chaired the Company's Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention in 1992, and the joint Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firemen's Association / Albany County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention in 2004. While remaining an active member, he received Life Membership in the Elsmere Fire Company in August of 2000. In 1995, Steve was awarded the Kenneth E. McNary Achievement Award in 1995.

Steve is a member of a number of volunteer firefighter organizations. He served as Property Clerk from April 1979 through April 1983, Vice-President from April 1983 through April 1984 and again from January 1998 through January 1999. He was again elected Vice-President from January 2016 to January 2017. Steve served as President of the Elsmere Fire Company from April 1984 through April 1990, and from January 2000 through January 2002. He also served as a Director from April 1995 through April 1998.

Most recently, Steve has served and continues to serve as Lieutenant of the Fire Police Unit. He has held this rank continuously since January 2009.

This level of involvement easily explains why Steve was selected as Firefighter of the Year, and is well deserving of this recognition.

Elsmere Fire District Elections

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Annual Elections of the Elsmere Fire District occurred on December 13, 2016. Two seats on the Board of Fire Commissioners were on the ballot....

Commissioner Richard A. Zigrosser was re-elected to a five year term beginning on January 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2021.

Commissioner Joseph M. Catalano was elected to fill the balance of an unexpired term ending on December 31, 2019.

Good Samaritans Honored by Elsmere Fire, Albany County Sheriff and Town of Bethlehem

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On May 7th, two Brooklyn residents were honored by local Albany County agencies for their selfless bravery in pulling two victims from a car accident just before the vehicle burst into flames.

Two men from New York City are honored here in the capital region for saving the lives of a man and his son from their burning car last weekend.Time warner cable news reporter Michael Howard spoke to them and has their story.

DELMAR, N.Y.-- Recalling the intense heat and flames Ludwik Branach and Wieslaw Szczutowski said they are no heroes.

"We have to all the time help people," said Branach, rescuer.

However, emergency responders disagree.

The pair said they were driving on the Delmar bypass on Sunday afternoon on their way to visit friends when police said Albany resident Timothy Berry suffered a medical condition while behind the wheel of his vehicle.

The 48-year-old lost control of his car, which went careening into the woods with himself and his son inside. It flipped over then caught fire.

"I was shocked and didn't know what to do," said Wieslaw and Szczutowski, rescuers.

The two said they immediately stopped and rushed to help Berry and his 16-year-old son trapped inside, the cabin filling up with smoke.

"My dad was under me and he was yelling Jack we have to get out," said Jack Berry, son of Timothy Berry.

"It really had a feeling that a fire was going to erupt at any moment," said Timothy Berry,

That's when said he used a stick to break out a window pulling jack to safety, his father was pulled out by another passerby.

"He pulled me out to safety, got back in his car and drive away, no one knows who he was,” said Timothy Berry.

Seconds later their car was fully engulfed in flames, Barry's was taken to the hospital where doctors are still trying to determine how and why he passed out.

Jack Berry suffered a broken finger, but the two said it could have been deadly without the actions of the eyewitnesses they're calling heroes.

"There was only a moment for my son and I to get out of that vehicle and without them stepping up and doing what they did we might not be alive today,” said Timothy Berry.

Elsmere Fire District Resolves to Join the Albany County Government Efficiency Plan

Friday, May 15, 2015

At an official meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners on May 12, 2015, the Board passed a resolution authorizing the District to join a county-wide government efficiency plan.

By joining this plan, the Fire District can ensure that District taxpayers continue receive property tax savings under expanded requirements of the NYS Tax Cap law.

Tour the Mass. Fire Academy and Boston Fire Department with Elsmere Firefighters

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Elsmere Fire Company toured the Massachusetts Fire Academy in Stow, MA and fire stations in Boston MA on October 5th. They invite you to see what they saw by Clicking Here.

View Our Recruitment Message on YouTube

Monday, April 08, 2013

Elsmere Firehouse Renovation (2001-2002)

Saturday, November 01, 2003

In 2001, the Elsmere Fire District undertook a Renovation and Reconstruction project to improve and enlarge its facility at 15 West Poplar Drive.

The project took under two years to complete. As a result of this project, the Fire District was able to replace its aging infrastructure (heating, plumbing, electrical plant) and fully protect the building with sprinklers and an automatic alarm system. The project also allowed the Fire District to improve safety for its volunteer firefighters by moving the turnout gear away from the apparatus to reduce the likelihood of injury.

In 2000, the voters of the Elsmere Fire District approved a $2 million bond issue to fund this project. The project was completed at a cost of $1.7 million. Without any substantial change to the existing building’s footprint, the Fire District increased its useable space by 38.5%.