Cooperstown Fire Department

Protecting the "Home of Baseball" for over 200 years, the Cooperstown Fire Department continues its proud tradition of service in and around Cooperstown, NY.

With an average of about 75 volunteers, our Fire/Rescue, EMS and Fire Police teams serve to protect and assist the citizens of and visitors to Cooperstown and the surrounding areas of Otsego County. 

Remembering our history, and with your support, we carry on our tradition of emergency response and community service. 

EVENTS - 2024

Fourth of July Fireworks 2024

This years' Fourth of July Fireworks event was the evening of July 5th, with no rain and a good turnout!   This annual event is hosted by and paid for exclusively by the Cooperstown Fire Department through community and business donations.  Thank you to all who contributed!  

2024 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to the Hall of Fame inductees and a sincere "Thank you!" to our department members and the many volunteers from Milford, Fly Creek,  Cherry Valley, Mount Vision, Milford, Edmeston, Hartwick, Laurens, Richfield Springs, Van Hornesville, and departments attached with Otsego County Special Operations!

How to Contact Us


There are a number of email addresses we use to coordinate activities and distribute tasks across the department:

If you have a particular request for a specific board member, or regarding the various community services we provide, please see Contact Us.

In Person

You can mail letters and packages to our P.O. Box at:

Cooperstown Fire Dept.

P.O. Box 1

Cooperstown, NY 13326

or visit us in person (when open) at:

24 Chestnut Street

Cooperstown, NY 13326

Meetings and Events

The department hosts a number of public and private meetings throughout the year.  See our Department Calendar

Department Meetings

The department drills twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesday at 6:30pm.  The monthly officer and member business meeting is held after the drill on the fourth Wednesday, usually starting at 8:30pm.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Squad also meets at the station on the first Monday of the month at 7pm

Public Events

The department hosts or participates in public special events such as memorial and celebration parades, school and public fire and medical safety, and EMS education activities throughout the year. Watch for the department sponsored annual Fourth of July fireworks display, and the annual EMS sponsored Winter Food Drive.

The Cooperstown Fire Department is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit charitable organization.  It is funded in part by the Village of Cooperstown and from local and state insurance and fire tax revenues, and emergency service agreements established with neighboring towns.  Those tax funds, generous and reliable as they are, make up only about one-third of the department's annual income, and some of those funds come restricted by state guidelines and limitations on use.

Donations from local businesses and the general public make up the bulk of the remaining department operating, equipment and special event funds, which are used for or to supplement purchases of equipment, supplies and training, and for department and community events and education programs.  

See "How to Donate" to make a contribution of funds, goods or a service.  To learn more about existing funds and drives, please visit our Support page.

How to Donate

IMPORTANT: While we are one department, Fire & Rescue and EMS serve different functions and are required to maintain separate bank accounts.

For FIRE DEPARTMENT donations, make a check payable and send to:

Cooperstown Fire Department

PO Box 1

Cooperstown, NY  13326

For EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE (EMS) donations, make a check payable and send to:

Cooperstown EMS

PO Box 322

Cooperstown, NY  13326

Regrets, we are unable to accept digital donations (PayPal, Venmo, etc.) at this time.  

This feature should be available in the near future.

Community Services 

The Village Clerk

If you'd like to reserve the Fire Hall for a private event, or if you'd like to submit a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Records Request, please contact the Village Clerk by phone at (607)547-2411, or by sending them a letter specifying your request.

Village Clerk

Village of Cooperstown Offices

22 Main Street

Cooperstown, NY 13326

(607) 547-2411

LED Sign

In addition to hosting public and private events, we perform a number of additional services for the community. 

One of the most visible of these is the digital signage that we maintain outside of the station that displays information of general interest to the community. 

If you'd like to submit a message of community interest for your group or organization, fill out the LED Sign form on this page to begin the process of requesting your message (scroll down to complete the full request).

Please note that messages of a personal or family nature are considered for approval on a case-by-case basis.

Becoming a Member

The Cooperstown Fire Department of Otsego County is part of the over 70% of fire departments in the United States which are run exclusively by volunteers. As such, we are always looking for new members and would be happy to have you join the team! 

You can start the process by emailing  with some of your information and availability. A checklist of steps and additional information on training and requirements is available on the become a member section.