Welcome to the Slingerlands Fire Department

It is with great sadness that I pass along the following news:

To: Fire Departments and Firematic Organizations

From: Chief Craig M Sleurs

Date: March 20, 2021

Re: Service Dates and Times for Walter “Billy” Eck Jr

Date and times for Billy’s wake and funeral services are as follows.

Calling hours- Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 4pm to 7pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Funeral- Thursday, March 25, 2021 starting at 9:30am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Location: St Thomas the Apostle Church

35 Adams Pl.

Delmar N.Y. 12054

The night of the calling hours there will be ample parking in the church parking lot, as well as the school parking lot across the street from the church. There will also be parking on the side streets around the church itself. Parking will be kept to one side of the roadway to allow for emergency traffic if needed. Please, at the request of the family and the Slingerlands Fire Department, masks and social distancing are a must.

The day of the funeral there will not be parking at the school, as they will be open for their regular school day. Please use the church parking lot or the side streets near the church for parking. Please arrive at the church by 9am for further instructions and line up. Due to the large nature of this loss, we are limiting the number of apparatus in the procession. However, if your department would like to line the roadway leading up to the fire house, we invite you to do so. The Fire Departments of both Delmar and Elsmere will be staging the American Flag arch near the Slingerlands Post Office, 1399 New Scotland Road, they will assist with arranging the apparatus along the roadway.

The Burial will take place at the Calvary Cemetery at 481 Rte 9W, Glenmont N.Y. 12077 immediately following the procession.

On Thursday directly after the service at the cemetery there will be a reception at the Slingerlands Fire Department located at 1520 New Scotland Rd. There will be limited parking at the firehouse. There we be some parking available on the side streets around the fire house. We ask that you do not use the Hudson Mohawk Rail Trail parking lot. There will be additional parking at the old Blue Cross building located at the intersection of New Scotland Rd and Mahar Rd. There will be bus transportation to and from the Slingerlands Fire Department.

2019 Muster

The Slingerlands Fire Department won the trophy for the best appearing apparatus at the Albany County Muster

The Slingerlands Fire Department is currently recruiting NEW MEMBERS / VOLUNTEERS.


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.

2018 Night Out in the Park

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.

Water supply Drill

Engine 14 (1942 Seagrave Pumper)

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.


SFD Fire Prevention 2017
Christmas Parade 2017

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

2016 Holiday Parade.pptx

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.

Mock DWI crash at Bethlehem High School
Bethlehem Christmas Parade 2015
Bethlehem Christmas Parade 2014
2013 Open House

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