Elsmere Fire Company Assists Bethlehem Food PantryWednesday, 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 AwardFriday, 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.
Elsmere Fire Chief Frank Wickham Promotes Reading at the Bethlehem Public LibraryWednesday, 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 AwardTuesday, 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 ElectionsWednesday, 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 2017Monday, 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 BudgetWednesday, 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 & AwardsMonday, 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
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:
KEVIN M. SHEA FIREMATIC PARTICIPATION AWARD:
2016 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Good Samaritans Honored by Elsmere Fire, Albany County Sheriff and Town of BethlehemTuesday, 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 PlanFriday, 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 FirefightersTuesday, 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 YouTubeMonday, 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%.