150+ Years of Service

2022 marked the 150th year the West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department has served the town of Sand Lake.  The West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Company #1 was the 3rd rural volunteer fire company to be organized in Rensselaer County and the 1st in the Town of Sand Lake.

Mill owner, John McLaren, spearheaded the organization of the fire company as a way to protect the local mills.  In the 1870’s the members protected the mills and homes in the village with “bucket brigades” until they raised enough funds to purchase their first apparatus, “Old Joe”, in April of 1876.  “Old Joe” is currently displayed in the museum portion of our fire hall.

The West Sand Lake Fire Department currently protects over 10 square miles of rural and suburban Rensselaer County including over 5000 residents. We have approximately 40 active firefighters, and respond to over 350 calls for service each year.

 

2023 Fire Department Statistics:

January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023 
Total Calls:  417
Total Person Hours: 7,195.3

January 2023 – 35 Total Calls (11 Fire, 24 EMS)
February 2023 – 34 Total Call (9 Fire, 25 EMS)
March 2023 – 46 Total Calls (27 Fire, 19 EMS) 
April 2023 – 26 Total Calls (13 Fire, 13 EMS)
May 2023 – 38 Total Calls (25 Fire, 13 EMS)
June 2023 – 45 Total Calls (15 Fire, 30 EMS)
July 2023 – 36 Total Calls (15 Fire, 21 EMS)
August 2023 – 36 Total Calls (16 Fire, 20 EMS)
September 2023 – 26 Total Calls (11 Fire, 15 EMS)
October 2023 – 29 Total Calls (9 Fire, 20 EMS)
November 2023 – 28 Total Calls (6 Fire, 22 EMS)
December 2023 – 38 Total Calls (16 Fire, 22 EMS)


 

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