Niskayuna Fire District 1

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Niskayuna Fire District 1 firefighters put their new 2017 Rosenbauer pumper to the test at Commerce Park in Niskayuna Thursday, March 30, 2017. According to Chief Dale Lingenfelter the cost of the engine was $505,000 and can pump 1500 gallons per minute and carries 750 gallons of water.

Fire District 1 adds a workhorse engine

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter It’s the stuff of little kids’ dreams and it’s parked in the fire station on Balltown Road. Three weeks ago, Niskayuna Fire District 1 took delivery of its brand-new fire engine, which replaced an engine…



Niskayuna Fire District 1 paramedics John Baker, center, and Lt. Shane Sweet tend to an injured child struck by a boat on the Mohawk River near the Rexford Bridge Friday, August 28, 2015. The victim was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment.  (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

UPDATE: Girl recovers after incident on Mohawk

BY NED CAMPBELL Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — A Niskayuna man was charged with reckless operation of a vessel Aug. 28 after a motorboat filled with rowing students went partially under water, causing an 11-year-old girl to fall out and be…


Bill Sims lights a TNT sparkler, bought in Schenectady County, at Niskayuna Fire Department District 1 on Thursday. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

Pyrofire sales worry Capital Region firefighters

Devices are now legal in several counties BY JEFF WILKIN Gazette Reporter CAPITAL REGION — The name “Pyrofire” sounds dangerous. The 9-inch-tall cylinder looks tough, too. The paper container of flammable powders is illustrated with a fire-breathing dragon and lightning…




Gavin Farrow, 2, of Niskayuna, gives Niskayuna Fire District 1 firefighter/paramedic Bob Wessels a high-five after he handed a toy to him as part of the Toys for Tots program in the LT's Grill parking lot Saturday, November 29, 2014. Gavin's mother Katie watches at left. Photo by Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

Sharing joys of the season

Niskayuna event gathers donated toys for needy kids By NED CAMPBELL Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Two-year-old Gavin Farrow learned a valuable lesson Saturday: If you give to those in need, you just might get to sit in a firetruck. The…



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Ambulance crash hurts three

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Two Niskayuna Fire District 1 paramedics were responding to a call when a car collided with their ambulance the evening of Aug. 12. “They were struck by another car,” said Fire Chief Dale…


Pre Schoolers cover their ears as Niskayuna Fire District 1 firefighter/paramedic John Baker, right, revs up a rescue saw. Photo by Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

Fire Prevention at Hillside Elementary

Niskayuna Fire District 1 firefighters put on a a fire prevention demonstration for the Niskayuna Recreational Park Summer Program at Hillside Elementary School Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Photos by Daily Gazette photographer Peter R. Barber.


Niskayuna House Fire

Six departments extinguish fire at residence

NISKAYUNA — At 6:15 a.m. July 17, a neighbor noticed a fire at 1350 Buckingham Drive and called 911. The Stanford Heights Fire District took the call and responded along with five other departments — both Niskayuna districts, two Colonie…