Community Workshop Notice: 

West Sand Lake Fire District Seeking Community Input for New Station:
A beacon of the Rensselaer County community for 150 years, the West Sand Lake Fire District No. 1 remains committed to providing critical fire services that ensure the safety of the surrounding region. In an effort to better serve its dedicated volunteers, members, and community, the district is developing feasible options for an improved fire station that equally considers the needs of devoted emergency responders and its responsibility as stewards of the taxpaying community. To date, the work has included assessments of the existing facility, site, systems, and equipment to begin identifying needs for a new structure to replace the aging station. The members of the West Sand Lake Fire District No. 1 want to facilitate a transparent planning process that respects the values, needs, and sentiments of all stakeholders.
Over the coming months, the district will be gathering public input to help inform a referendum for an improved fire station. The first of these community forums will be held on June 29th, 2022 from 6pm – 8pm. All community members are welcome to come and learn what progress has been made, be included in the decision making process and keep aware of the plans as they develop. 


150 Years of Service

2022 marks the 150th year the West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the town.  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 50 active fire fighters, and respond to over 300 alarms each year.