Welcome to the Slingerlands Fire Department
The Slingerlands Fire Department is currently recruiting NEW MEMBERS / VOLUNTEERS.
MUST BE 18 + YEARS OF AGE
FREE TRAINING included with your membership for all classes of firefighters.
FREE ANNUAL PHYSICAL with your membership
Classes include :
Class “A” = Interior Firefighter …. Interior search and rescue
Class “B” = Exterior Firefighter …. Driver, operator/Scene support
Class “C” = Fire Police …. Traffic & Crowd control
Class “D” = Administrative …. Station Phone and Radio operator
On August 7 at the Town of Bethlehem Night Out in the park the Slingerlands Fire Dept. demonstrated how we would remove a victim of a car accident from their vehicle. Thanks to all who attended this event, and to the Bethlehem Police Department for organizing it. Photos by Briana Tice and Thomas Marra.
The Slingerlands FD recently had 2 drills to practice water supply operations. When fire hydrants are unavailable or not functioning properly, water must be brought in by tanker trucks to fight the fire. One of the drills was hosted by the New Salem FD and participating departments included Altamont, New Salem, Knox, Guilderland Center, Voorheesville, Berne, East Berne, and Onesquethaw.
Engine 14 (1942 Seagrave Pumper)
- Antique pumper used strictly for parades and other functions.
Town of Bethlehem - Engine 14 (one - four)
- 1942 Seagrave
- 500 GPM pump
- 500 gal water tank
- 8 cylinder engine
This pumper was delivered in 1942 and served a term of twenty four years. This piece was then sold to one of the members, Thomas Smith. After Mr. Smith’s passing, the Smith family graciously donated the piece back to the Fire Department in 2001. After many tireless hours of cleaning, polishing and some minor painting the “Old Girl” is the pride of the Department.
Thank you Thomas Smith and the Smith Family
On June 27, 2018, our fire department lost George Lenhardt, who was a member for over 50 years. George was served on the Bethlehem Town Board, the Planning Board, and many community organizations. He was on the Slingerlands Fire District Board of Commissioners, serving as Treasurer. Whatever he did, he was always trying to figure out how things worked and how to improve them. We really miss his smile and laughter atound the fire house. Here is the link to his obituary.
We would like to pass along some useful fire prevention and safety tips. Reviewing this information with our families could make all the difference in the world.
On April 29, Roger Griffiths and Peter Schmidt drove our old Engine 11 to Erie, PA to deliver it to its new owners, the Laurel Fire Department in Illinois. Old Engine 11 has been a great truck and it has served the Slingerlands Fire District well since 1991!
We would like to thank the voters of the Slingerlands Fire District for enabling us to purchase our new Engine 11, which has replaced the old Engine 11 as our first engine out for structure fires and vehicle fires. The new engine allows us do our job more effectively and safely.
The Old Engine 11
The New Engine 11
Thanks to everyone who attended our annual
Haunted House and Halloween Party at our fire house.
We had a great time and we're glad you did, too.
On May 31, 2016, Bethlehem seniors got a sobering and very real reminder of the dangers of impaired and distracted driving as the BC chapter of SADD and several community agencies teamed up to stage a "mock" DWI crash at the school. The Slingerlands Fire Dept., along with dozens of other first responders and student volunteers made this important event possible.
The Slingerlands Fire Department and the Slingerlands Fire District recent held our elections. Thanks a lot to those who have volunteered to serve:
Slingerlands Fire District Commissioners
James Kerr and Barry Moss
Walter W. Eck, Jr., Michael Brodeur, and Len Clickman are also serving on the Board of Fire Commissioners. Thanks to Roger Griffiths for his many years of service as a Commissioner.
Slingerlands Fire Department Officers
Chief - Joe Farleigh
First Asst. Chief - Andy Sleurs
Second Asst. Chief - Jim Daly
Fire Captain - Chris Toomey
Rescue Captain - Don Veltman
Fire Police Captain - Chet Boehlke
Fire Lieutenants - Fred Chamberlin, Barry Moss, and Mike Fish
Rescue Lieutenant - Sameer Siddiqui
Quartermaster - John Berninger
Superintendents - Roger Griffiths, Bill Griffiths, Peter Schmidt, Jason Tice
President - Craig Sleurs
Vice President - Nich Behuniak
Treasurer - Barry Moss
Financial Secretary - Jim Savitt
Secretary - John Berninger
Representative to the Commissioners - Roger Griffiths
Board of Directors - Kristina Leamy, Len Clickman (Kris Ross was previously elected)
Halloween Party and Haunted House a success!
Thanks to everyone who attended our recent Halloween events. Over 300 brave souls made it through the haunted house, and our bounce house and refreshments were a big hit at the Halloween Party. We're already looking forward to next year!
On August 21 the Slingerlands Fire Department lost one of the most outstanding members in our history when John Flanagan passed away. Serving as President, Chief and Commissioner, he was warmly know as "Father" to his fellow members, and was an inspiration to us all.
His obituary can be seen here : http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?pid=186466288