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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


Fire Police Officer Michael L. Taylor Awarded ACVFA Fireman of the Year

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fire Police Officer Michael L. Taylor was awarded the Albany County Volunteer Fireman's Association's Firefighter of the Year award at a ceremony in Altamont on September 21, 2016.


Michael joined the Elsmere Fire Company on June 30, 1970 and continues as an active member with over forty-six year of service. He has served as a firefighter, Company Director, Treasurer and Vice-President. He is the eldest of three generations of Elsmere Firefighters. His son Steven, and his grandson Andrew are also firefighter with the Elsmere Fire Company. He is a Life Member in the Company and is the Company's long time delegate to the Albany County Volunteer Fireman's Association. The Testimonial Letter appears below:

Michael L. Taylor

The Elsmere Fire Department is proud to nominate Michael L. Taylor for the 2016 Albany County Volunteer Fireman’s Association Firefighter of the Year.Michael is one of Elsmere’s most active members with over 46 years of service.Growing up in the Town of Bethlehem, Michael always had a passion of serving his community.He immediately put his passion into action after graduating from Bethlehem Central High School and joined the Elsmere fire Department on June 25, 1970.Throughout his 46 years as an active firefighter/fire police Mike has continually grown and developed into an extremely valuable asset and resource for Elsmere Fire and his entire community.In addition to his Firematic service, Michael served as Company treasurer from April 1977 to April 1979; he was elected for 2 three year terms as Director in 1988 and in 1995, and served as Company Vice President in 2013.He is a life member and serves as the company delegate to the Albany County Volunteer Fireman’s Association.Through his hard work and dedication our department has become a well-educated and trained group of men and woman for the job a firefighter faces in its everyday operations.Michael gained a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding power lines, transformers and substations during his 40 year career with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.This knowledge has proven invaluable as we respond to numerous downed power line and transformer calls resulting from motor vehicle accidents and storms.Michael’s experience and wealth of information regarding electricity has provided our department with exceptional skills and ensures that our community and all of our firefighters remain safe during these sometimes very dangerous calls.Michael’s primary objective in any situation is to provide knowledge for the safety and most effective outcome in any situation we encounter.He always takes the time to explain these circumstances in detail, and his concern for his fellow firefighters is a testament to the love and passion he has for his brothers and sisters as well as his community.Michael is a dedicated and devoted member of our department and community; initiating, organizing and successfully executing these things that make a fire department a true success and valuable asset to the community.We are nominating this outstanding member who during the past 46 years has demonstrated himself as one of the most respectable firefighters of the Department, and continues to raise the standards to a very high level.Michael’s living example of what he believes in is also evident in the profound influence he has had on his family.As the eldest of three generations, his son Steven and his grandson Andrew also serve as active firefighters in the Elsmere Fire Department.The Elsmere Fire Department is proud to nominate Michael L. Taylor for this very prestigious award.


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.

APPARATUS INSPECTION RESULTS:

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

SERVICE AWARDS:

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

KENNETH E. MCNARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

Paul L. Martin

KEVIN M. SHEA FIREMATIC PARTICIPATION AWARD:

Wayne R. Johnson

2016 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Michael L. Taylor


Joseph M Catalano Appointed to Board of Fire Commissioners

Friday, May 13, 2016

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.


Joe's selection was made from a list of four highly qualified candidates who expressed an interest in filling the vacancy. Commissioner Catalano joined the Elsmere Fire Company on July 26, 1990 and became an active firefighter on August 30, 1990. On January 1, 1995 Joe transferred to social membership and returned to the active ranks on September 27, 2001. Joe has served in many capacities with the Elsmere Fire Company and Elsmere Fire District, including Lay Chaplain, Director, Vice-President, President, and Deputy Secretary-Treasurer of the Elsmere Fire District. Joe has also been very active on various Company committees, including finance, fire prevention, and the Explorer Post. Commissioner Catalano will fill the vacancy created by the passing of Commissioner Anthony J Morrell. The remainder of the term (through 12/31/2019) will be filled at an election in December 2016.


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.


Michael L. Taylor Receives 2016 Firefighter of the Year Award

Friday, March 04, 2016

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.



Elsmere Fire Company Elects Officers for 2016

Friday, December 04, 2015

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


The Company Nominated, and the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed, the following District Officers for 2016:

Chief: Francis J. Wickham

1st Assistant Chief: John Zboray

2nd Assistant Chief: Robert C. Baldwin

Also, the Company Elected the following Company Line Officers for 2016:

Captain: Marc F. Futia

1st Lieutenant: Jeffrey M. Obernesser

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 2016:

President: John C. Murphy

Vice-President: Stephen R. Wright

Treasurer: Robert C. Johnson

Secretary: Timothy C. Hannigan

Quartermaster: Matthew H. Grant

Director (3 Year Term Expiring 12/31/18): James G. Foster

Director (To Fill Vacancy Expiring 12/31/16): Jeffrey A. Dievendorf

Chaplains: Rev. James Daley

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


Board of Fire Commissioners Adopts 2016 Budget

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

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

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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%.



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