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.

Elsmere “Wanderers” To Host Drill Team Tournament at Home

Members of the Elsmere Fire Company will host an "at Home" Drill Team Tournament on Saturday, August 1st at 12pm. The event will be held at the Kevin M. Shea Municipal Training Center on Center Lane, off of lower Kenwood Avenue in Glenmont. Click Here for more details or visit the Drill Team's web page.

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2015 Inspection Awards

The Elsmere Fire District held its annual apparatus and personnel inspection activities on May 9, 2015. The program was dedicated to honor our 2015 Firefighters of the Year, Chief James Reagan and Firefighter James A. Trotta for their life-saving actions this past year. Read more for results of the judging and service awards.....

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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Elsmere Firefighters Afforded Unique Training Opportunity

Elsmere Firefighters are afforded a unique opportunity to train at a Delaware Avenue property.

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Chief Reagan and Firefighter Trotta Named Firefighters of the Year

On Monday, March 2nd two Elsmere firefighters were awarded Forefighter of the Year at the N.A. Blanchard Post 1040. Chief James Reagan and Firefighter James Trotta were selected for this honor by the Elsmere Fire Company. Click Here to see the letter of nomination....

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District Takes Delivery of New Aerial Platform Truck

Pierce Manufacturing delivered a new 100' Aerial Platform (Truck 30) on a snowy February 7th....

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Commissioner Anthony J. Morrell Elected for a 6th Five Year Term

Voters re-elected Commissioner Anthony J. Morrell to a 6th five year term of office on the Elsmere Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners.

Board of Fire Commissioners Appoints Chief Officers for 2015

Shortly after nominations for Chief Officers were received from the Elsmere Fire Company, the following nominees were appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners for the 2015 calendar year as follows:


  • James Reagan

1st Assistant Chief

  • Francis J. Wickham

2nd Assistant Chief

  • John J. Zboray


Fire District Adopts 2015 Budget

Following a Public Hearing on the District's 2015 Proposed Budget on October 21st, The Board of Fire Commissioners adopted the budget for the 2015 fiscal year.

Elsmere & Slingerlands Firefighters Honored for Daring Rescue

Elsmere FD Lieutenant Marc Futia and Slingerlands Captain Ryan McConky were honored for the daring rescue of a Slingerlands resident

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Elsmere Fire Chief Saves a Life

Elsmere Fire District Chief James Reagan is credited with saving the life of a female shopper at a local home improvement store on May 19th.

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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.

Firefighter Profile of the Month

August 2015

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Exempt Member Paul D. Millhausen joined the Elsmere Fire Company on December 17, 1987...

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Firefighter of the Year

Chief James Reagan and Firefighter James A. Trotta

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On Monday, March 2nd two Elsmere firefighters were awarded Forefighter of the Year at the N.A. Blanchard Post 1040. Chief James Reagan and Firefighter James Trotta were selected for this honor by the Elsmere Fire Company. Click the "Read More" link to see the letter of nomination....

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