Elsmere Fire Company Member To Be Honored By Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce

Monday, April 03, 2017

Firefighter Andrew S. Taylor will be honored for his community service. Please click this link for more information.

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.

Elsmere Fire Company Elects Officers for 2017

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Elsmere Fire Company held Annual Election of Officers on December 8, 2016 and the following members were elected to office for 2017.....

The Company Nominated, and the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed, the following District Officers for 2017:

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 2017:

Captain: Jeffrey M. Obernesser

1st Lieutenant: Vincent Thompson

2nd Lieutenant: Michael A. Moon

3rd Lieutenant: Donald J. Ballard

4th Lieutenant: William J. Yates

Fire Police Lieutenant: Stephen R. Wright

Finally, the Company Elected the following Civil Officers for 2017:

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 12/31/19): Alan Antenucci

Chaplain: Rev. James Daley

Lay Chaplains: Joseph M. Catalano, Matthew H. Grant, Natasha E. Levchenko, and Kenneth E. Zigrosser

Elsmere Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners Adopts 2017 Budget

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

After a public hearing, the Board of Fire Commissioners adopted a spending plan for FY 2017...

The plan calls for a $934,923 budget (up $14,525 or +1.58% from 2016). Tax Revenue is projected at $892,123 (up $6,025 or +.68% from 2016). The projected Tax Rate per $1,000 of Assessed Valuation is 0.945298 (or a .66% increase from 2016). The adopted tax levy is compliant with the NYS Tax Cap limit. For more detail, Click Here

2016 Inspection & Awards

Monday, May 16, 2016

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.....

2016 Inspection Awards

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Elsmere Fire District and Elsmere Fire Co. A, Inc. held the Department's annual apparatus and personnel inspection activities on May 7, 2016. The program was dedicated to honor Commissioner and Past Chief Anthony J. Morrell (1962 - 2016) who passed away in March. The occasion was also used to honor two Brooklyn residents who came upon a fiery motor vehicle crash on the Delmar Bypass and rescued two occupants of the vehicle from serious injury or death on April 30th.


1st Place - Engine 32

(Team Members: Lieutenant Michael Moon, Firefighters Alyssa Bevilacqua-Shufelt, Michael Cirillo, Matthew Dombrowski, Matthew Grant, Tim Hannigan, Frank Heuer, James Hogan, Alexander Pope, Jay Pregent, Jonathan Purdy, David Putnam, Zach Shepherd, Michael Taylor, Stephen Wright and Richard Zigrosser)

2nd Place - Squad 33

3rd Place - Engine 31

4th Place - Truck 30


1 Year - Kyle J Biszick, Patrick T Crowe, Ross M Kitchen, Natasha E Levchenko, Alexander J Pope and Zachety C Shepherd

5 Years - Frank C Heuer

10 Years - Alan J Antenucci

45 Years - Edward J Costigan

55 Years - Wayne R Johnson


Paul L. Martin


Wayne R. Johnson


Michael L. Taylor

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)

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%.