Welcome to Elsmere Fire District

Elsmere is one of seven hamlets in the Town of Bethlehem, along with Delmar, Glenmont, Selkirk, Slingerlands and South and North Bethlehem. Elsmere is directly south of and adjacent to the City of Albany, New York’s capital city. It is a modern suburban community that, due to its location in Albany County, offers a unique combination of friendly neighborhoods and convenient retail shopping opportunities. The Town of Bethlehem, incorporated in March of 1793, is a dynamic and diverse community with a population of over 32,000 and total area of 52 square miles.

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2016 Inspection & Awards

The Elsmere Fire District held its annual apparatus and personnel inspection activities on May 7, 2016. The program was dedicated to honor Commissioner and Past Chief  Anthony J Morrell who passed away in March. Read more for results of the judging and service awards.....

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Joseph M Catalano Appointed to Board of Fire Commissioners

At a regular meeting on May 10, 2016 the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed Joseph M Catalano to fill a vacant seat on the Board until December 31, 2016.

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

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.

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Michael L. Taylor Receives 2016 Firefighter of the Year Award

The Elsmere Fire Company chose Fire Police Officer Michael L. Taylor as its 2016 Firefighter of the Year at a ceremony at the NA Blanchard Post #1040. Click here for more information.

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Elsmere and Selkirk Firefighters Help Send Supplies to Troops

On February 13, 2016, Elsmere Firefighters met at Panera's in Glenmont to send off packages to our troops overseas.Click Here for PicturesHere for a Video.

Elsmere Fire Company Elects Officers for 2016

The Elsmere Fire Company held its Annual Meeting on December 3rd and elected Officers for 2016....

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Board of Fire Commissioners Adopts 2016 Budget

The Board of Fire Commissioners adopted a budget for FY 2016 at a meeting following a public hearing on October 21st, 2015.

Follow this Link for the 2016 Budget details.

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

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.

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

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

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Bethlehem Fire Districts Collaborative Planning Update

The Manitou Report, commissioned by the fire districts in the Town of Bethlehem for the purpose of determining how to achieve service improvements and cost savings through collaboration, was released in November 2011.


Elsmere Firehouse Renovation (2001)

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

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Firefighter of the Year

Michael L. Taylor

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Fire Police Officer Michael L. Taylor joined the Elsmere Fire Company on June 25, 1970... 

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