Briarcliff Fire Company

In the fall of 1906 after several meetings with the Village Board,  a group of men led by

Mr. Fred Messinger who was one of the founders of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department agreed that a reorganization of the department was needed and a new company was created to succeed the Briarcliff Steamer Company.

On October 27, the committee at 1PM the committee met in the offices of Walter W. Law and the Briarcliff Fire Company was born.  There was eleven members present and 8 members absent.  At another special meeting, Mr. Sherman O. Dennis was named as President and Mr. Fred Messinger was named as Foreman.

In 1913, the Village was growing and the residents approved a bond issue for a new motorized fire apparatus and also a new municipal building.  An American Lafrance 750 gallon per minute was purchased.  In the summer of 1914 the company moved into the newly constructed fire headquarters that would be our home until 1963.

In the summer of 1936 the Company requested a special meeting with the Board of Trustees asking them to consider forming the company into three seperate companies.  This led to the creation of the ladder company and also an increase in membership.  

In 1943 in concern about the lack of members available due to so many members serving in the Armed Forces, the village approved the membership of 9 high school boys who were 16 years of age to join the department.

In 1963 the department moved into its current qaurters located a few doors down from the old

Firehouse, which is now a restaurant and offices.  The building also houses the village offices and police headquarters.  In 1997 in order to keep up with the needs of modern firefighting a

Rescue truck was placed in service to allow us to better serve our community.

As we move into the roaring 20’s, the company has continued to expand and grow with the ever changing demands that are required for today’s firefighting needs.  Under the dedicated leadership of our officers we continue to operate 2 high capacity Pumper trucks and a modern Rescue Truck.  We have also recently added an ATV unit to allow us access to trails and other hard to get to places.