Community Workshop Notice: 

West Sand Lake Fire District Seeking Community Input for New Station:
 In an effort to better serve its 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.
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 was held on June 29th, 2022.
The second workshop was held Thursday August 25th at 7PM in the Fire Hall. 
As we schedule additional workshops – they will be posted here, on our website, as well as on our Facebook page and our sign in front of the fire hall. 
If you have input or questions you would like to submit – please do so in our dedicated mailbox for this project by emailing us
Please consider taking the time to complete our community survey to help us learn what your thoughts are and how we can better serve you with a new facility.


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 40 active fire fighters, and respond to over 350 alarms each year.