Please take notice that the Austerlitz Fire District of the town of Austerlitz, County of Columbia, New York, will hold its regular meetings for the year 2023 on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Spencertown Fire Company, One Memorial Drive, Spencertown NY. All meetings of the Austerlitz Fire District are open to the public.

February 21st
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th
June 20th
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
November 21st
December 19th

The Organizational and Regular January 2024 meetings have been scheduled for January 09, 2024 at 6:30pm.
The Register Star and Times Union have been designated the official newspapers.

By order of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Austerlitz Fire District.
Tara Sanders
District Secretary/Treasurer

Austerlitz Fire District
PO Box 77
Spencertown, NY 12165
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Board of Fire Commissioners:
Chairman - James Engel                                                              Secretary/Treasurer - Tara Sanders
Deputy Chairman - David Page                                                 Fire Commissioner - Paul Mesick
Fire Commissioner - David Harrison, Jr.                                Fire Commissioner - Andrew Smith

Monthly Meetings: 6:30 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (unless a holiday) at the Spencertown Fire Company. 

District Fire Chiefs: Chief Eric Pilkington                           1st Assistant Chief Bill Rogers                              2nd Assistant Chief Evan Kerr

The Austerlitz Fire District is located in the State of New York, County of Columbia, Town of Austerlitz. The Fire District was organized in 1932 as a district corporation pursuant to NYS Law for the purpose of providing fire protection. The Fire District is about 48 sq. miles in size with a population of approximately 1,600 residents. The Austerlitz Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. and the Spencertown Fire Company, Inc., are located within the Fire District and provide active firefighters for fire protection operations.

The authority for the organization and operation of the Fire District is set forth in the NYS Town Law. The authority for the Fire District’s exercise of control over the formation, organization, and operation of the constituent companies comprising the fire companies of the Fire District through the Board of Fire Commissioners, is set forth in the Town Law and Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York.

Pursuant to NYS law, in addition to appointing fire chiefs to oversee active firefighters, fire training, fire equipment and emergency operations of the district fire companies, the Fire District is organized to: save lives, suppress and control fires, provide basic/support emergency medical services, fire prevention education, hazardous materials response, public assistance during natural emergencies and other activities as deemed to be in the best interest of the residents of the fire district.

Fire Companies 

Austerlitz Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 35
Austerlitz, NY 12017
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The Austerlitz Village Fire Company as we know it today was organized in 1937. Prior to that date, there were some modest equivalents of a fire company. During the 20’s and 30’s, Henry McCreary garaged a vintage Chevy fire engine in a shed at his gas station near Green River. The Chevy fire engine survived to this day and is in collection somewhere in Massachusetts. The mission of the Austerlitz Volunteer Fire Company is to provide residents and other persons within the district’s coverage area, full Emergency Firematic and limited Emergency Medical Services.


Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 1
Spencertown, NY 12165
Phone: 518-392-5250
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The Spencertown Fire Company was organized in 1917.  The first vehicle was a hand drawn chemical cart, the tools consisted of a chemical tank, an ax, and a few lengths of hose.  Today’s fire company consists of over forty active members and four fire fighting vehicles.  Each member must attend a sixteen week course in the essentials of fire fighting.  Our fire company was one of the first groups in the county to establish a First Responder Squad.


Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company
401 County Route24
East Chatham, NY 12060
911 –   Emergency Phone
518-392-9708  –  Non-Emergency Phone

The Fire Company was organized in April of 1941. The company meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. It’s mission is to provide fire protection for the people and their properties located in the immediate Red Rock area as well other 911 calls.