The Spafford Fire District was formed in 1948. It was created by neighborhood men in the Town of Spafford to meet the needs of fire protection for the town. A board of fire commissioners was formed and two fire companies created. During that period two stations were constructed. One in the hamlet of Spafford and one in the hamlet of Borodino. These two stations housed the apparatus for the district and the departments were led by one Chief, George Fesko. About six years after the district was formed the two stations split creating the Spafford Fire Department and the Borodino Fire Department.
Over the following years the Spafford Fire Department began to grow. Through the sixties the department had three pieces apparatus, a Ford Pumper, a Ford Tanker, and a Maxim Pumper. In the late sixties the members of the department realized that they needed to acquire an uptodate piece of equipment. A fund drive began and in the spring of 1970 a new Chevy/Saulsbury Tanker was purchased. The truck was taken out of service in 2005. In 1974 a used Seagrave Pumper was purchased from the Waterloo Fire Department. This truck replaced the 30’s Maxim Pumper. In 1976 the fire district commissioners, who owned the Spafford Fire Station, saw the need to increase the size of the station. A new steel building was added on to the original building to house the fire apparatus. In the late seventies rescue calls were becoming more and more frequent. The department embarked on a whole new endeavor of a Rescue Squad. A used Dodge Van was purchased by the department and converted into a Rescue. A group of members became EMT certified. In the early eighties the squad became a EMT level II provider. Also in the early eighties the department realized that they were not going to be able to provide fire protection without a class A pumper. The Seagrave, which was purchased used, was breaking down more frequently, and costing the department money to keep it running. The cost of new apparatus was becoming out of reach for a small department to purchase especially by doing chicken barbecues and dinners. The department approached the Spafford Fire District Commissioners regarding this problem, and the district came through by purchasing the first fire truck owned by the town. This truck was a 1983 GMC/FMC Tanker Pumper. In 1988, with help of then Senator Tarky Lombardi, the department was able to purchase a new Chevy/ American Eagle walk in heavy rescue. It replaced the Dodge Van. The cost of the rescue was covered by a grant from Senator Lombardi’s office and departments famous fish dinners.
As the department entered into the nineties they found themselves with good equipment, up to date apparatus and increasing numbers of alarms. In 1993 a GMC/US Tank Tanker Pumper was purchased by the district. This truck became the fourth truck purchased by the district. As the nineties progressed the one thing that was not anticipated was the declining enrollment. Increased requirements in training, attendance, and changing lifestyles began to take a toll on recruiting and retaining members. In 2003 the 1983 TP was replaced by a Saulsbury built engine with a CAFS foam system. A year later in 2004 the 1988 Rescue went through a refurb and a new Freightliner four door chassis was put under the rescue body. A significant change came in 2011. The Board of Fire Commissioners in an effort to consolidate between the two departments and to have a more stability and continuity among the chiefs passed a resolution to adopt a District Chief similar to when the district was first formed. That resolution went in to effect in 2012 and a District Chief was appointed to oversee Borodino and Spafford Fire departments. Today Spafford is holding steady with twenty one members. We are actively seeking new members all the time. We answer about 75 alarms a year. Seventy five percent of those are rescue calls. The others are fire, mutual aid, or other non-emergency type alarms. We cover the southern half of the Town of Spafford in Onondaga County while our sister department Borodino covers the northern half.