Organized in 1935, Westmere provides Fire & Rescue protection to a mixed residential/commercial response area within the Town of Guilderland. Operating from one station, 40 active volunteers answer an average of 450-500 alarms annually.








Special thanks to Firefighters Ted Raymond, Larry Burwell and Tony Botte for their assistance in positioning the rigs for photos and providing background information on the department and its’ apparatus.

Antique - 1937 International/Darley 500 gpm/300 gal.

When originally organized, the department’s first apparatus was a Ford Model T with soda/acid tank that was purchased for $25.00 from the Averill Park FD. When it was determined this rig was not suitable for firefighting, a used Ford truck chassis was purchased for $150.00 with plans to mount a centrifugal pump and water tank. As this project did not materialize, the newly formed fire district in 1937 approved a $5,000 bond to purchase a brand new pumper. Featuring a Champion high pressure pump, it served for 20 years until being rebuilt with additional compartmentation. It also served the Knox FD for some time before being returned to Westmere where it was fully restored to it’s original condition.

Engine 98 - 2012 Emergency One 1500 gpm/750 gal./30F

Truck 99 - 1995 Sutphen 95’/1500 gpm/300 gal.

Squad 93 - 2008 Spartan/Rescue 1

Seating eight (7 with SCBA), this rig is one of several “wet rescues” in Albany County. Featuring a self contained 30 gallon CAFS with a pre-connected 1-3/4” attack line with a 1” fog nozzle, it is outfitted with two roll-off awnings, a high pressure air reel and portable winch. Its’ equipment complement includes three sets of pre-connected Hurst Gold Series extrication tools (cutter & spreader on both the front bumper and officers side as well as a ram & combi-tool on the drivers side). In addition, it also carries six airbags, Paratech rescue struts, reciprocating saws, a Stokes basket and an AED.

Engine 95 - 2003 Emergency One/Saulsbury 1500 gpm/500 gal./30F

Westmere operates their entire fleet from this modern eight bay firehouse.