Local Services

Olive Fire Department

Olive First Aid Unit, Inc.

Olive Free Library

Local Services

Olive Fire Department



On April 1, 1948, the Town Board formed a Fire Protection District and entered into contract with the Olive Fire Department No. 1. to supply fire protection for the entire Town. The not-for-profit corporation currently consists of five companies with approximately 80 active volunteer fire persons. The department is overseen by a Board of Directors which is elected from the membership. As per the contract, the Olive Fire Department provides equipment consisting of seven pumpers, one tanker, one mini-pumper, one emergency truck, one Fire Police vehicle, and one Chief vehicle. The company houses, as required by the contract, are located in Olivebridge, Shokan, West Shokan, Boiceville, and Samsonville.

To visit their web site click here Olive Fire Dept.

Olivebridge Fire House

Company #1 (Central House)
9 Mill Road
Olivebridge, NY 12461

Shokan Fire House

Company #2
3064 Route 28
Shokan, NY 12481

West Shokan Fire House

Company #3
53 Watson Hollow Road
West Shokan, NY 12494

Samsonville Fire House

Company #4
1578 County Road 2
Olivebridge, NY 12461

Boiceville Fire House

Company #5
4067 Route 28
Boiceville, NY 12412

Olive First Aid Unit, Inc.

PO BOX 151
Shokan, NY 12481

The Olive First Aid Unit was organized in 1973 and contracts yearly with the Town of Olive to furnish general ambulance services to persons within the Town. This not-for-profit corporation operates on an around the clock basis and consists of paid members who are trained in emergency medical procedures. They currently maintain two ambulances at 19 Church Street in Shokan.

EMT’s and drivers and always needed.

Olive First Aid Employment Application 2016.

Olive Free Library

Director: Melissa McHugh

Contact Information

4033 Route 28A
PO Box 59
West Shokan, NY 12494

The plan for establishing a library in the Town of Olive grew out of an idea in the minds of Claire and Joseph Friedberg. In early 1951 the Friedbergs felt that the Town of Olive needed a library, just as it needed a governing body, school, and church. After months of working through informal discussion, in 1952 a large group of residents met at the Friedberg’s home for an organizational meeting. They contacted the State Education Department to become accredited, formed a Library Association, and elected officers and trustees. District No. 8 West Shokan Schoolhouse was turned over to the Library Association and in 1959 the Olive Free Library became a member of the Mid-Hudson Libraries System (Mid-Hudson Library System).

In 1963 the Onteora Central School District voted tax aid to the libraries in the district (Olive being one of several) and in 1965 the first tax aid was received from the Town of Olive. In August of 1967, the family of the Helen Kelsey Chase made a substantial memorial contribution to the Library’s Expansion Fund. This led to a complete re-evaluation of the expansion program and suggested the possibility of obtaining more meaningful funds from the community. Donald and Edna Bishop of West Shokan are acknowledged for envisioning and helping to achieve a modern, functional home for the library and a cultural and social center for the community by establishing a Trust Fund. Substantial contributions were received from Mr. and Mrs. Donald F. Bishop, Mrs. Olive B. O’Connor, Mrs. Olive Bishop Price, Mr. Bishop’s aunt and sister respectively. They also enlisted very generous financial support from the O’Connor Foundation of Hobart, NY. Thus what had originally been a plan to add another room to the old schoolhouse, became a program for building the current Olive Free Library which was dedicated on June 3, 1972.

Starting with a few hundred donated books, today the Olive Free Library offers thousands of volumes of books, still-in-demand publications, leading weekly and monthly magazines plus audio and visual entertainment, and free computer internet access for Olive citizens. As a member of the Mid-Hudson Library System they can obtain books and items on loan from other libraries throughout the mid-Hudson area. One of the favorites for pre-school children is the Story Hour at 10:30 am every Monday which includes Crafts and Music Activities. During the summer months there is a Summer Reading Program for children ages 3-12.

Library Hours

Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 7pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 12pm – 7pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed


The Olive Free Library Association is located on Route 28A, in West Shokan about 1/4 mile from the Post Office. Parking is available.
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Olive Free Library Association

4033 Route 28-A
West Shokan, New York 12494

About the Library

The library was founded in 1952. The library has the special features of a local history museum, a large community room and a continuous book sale.

The mission of the Olive Free Library is to provide our community and its surrounding neighbors with materials and services that meet educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs. It also provides a site for community activities that meet the same needs.

The general goals of the library are:

  1. maintain a core collection of materials that are:
    1. useful and current whether for general educational, basic skill development or recreational needs
    2. culturally important to the community, e.g. local history and culture, classic core literature, etc
  2. maintain services that widen the resources available in the larger worlds of materials available regionally and state-wide
  3. investigate new developments in providing services and adopt them if appropriate
  4. maintain, and advance, the role of the library and its building and lands as a center for our community so long as these community activities relate to the same needs as the library’s collections and services and are appropriate to our legal condition and physical environment.

Board of Trustees

David Edinger-President
Fara Warner-Vice President
Nathalie Andrews-Treasurer
Kimberly Daley-Secretary
Thomas Hammang
Donna Elberg
Susan York
Karen Heusel
Hailey Peck

Meg Stolis

Board of Trustees meetings

The Olive Free Library Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room. Meetings are open to the public.

Board Meeting Dates:

January 17, 2024
February 21, 2024
March 20, 2024
April 17, 2024
May 15, 2024
June 26, 2024
August 14, 2024
September 18, 2024
October 16, 2024
November 20, 2024
December 18, 2024