Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo services 2013


Summer Safety Tips

I guess we can assume that winter has finally ended and spring is finally here, I have mowed the grass for the first time and the trees are starting to bloom.

Just another reminder, that the outdoor burning ban continues through mid May, as the strong spring sun dries the dead winter grass and leaves fire spreads rapidly and we have already experienced structures being involved as a result of vegetation fires Ė especially when there is a breeze.  Even after the burn ban, fire size is limited, it must be attended at all times and permits are required in the respective towns, things can still get out of control.

As we start to spend more time outside some reminders are appropriate.  When using your gas grill, position it at least 5 feet away from a structure, the heat coming off the back of the grill is enough to ignite the siding which will spread very rapidly up the siding and into the roof space Ė especially vinyl siding.  Also do not store propane tanks inside a structure, if there is a leak that finds an ignition source an explosion and fire could follow.

For the storage of gasoline we highly recommend containers that will not leak if upset, these containers have a button to push to begin the flow of gasoline and will shut off immediately upon the release of the button, invest in a good can.  When gasoline is stored in the sun the fumes will build up pressure and a plastic container will expand; the containers with the push buttons can be burped to relieve the pressure prior to pouring.  If you are fueling any equipment remember that the warmer it is the more ignitable fumes will be generated this is especially true when fueling boats with enclosed areas, make sure you take the time to properly ventilate enclosed areas. Donít refuel hot equipment and donít refuel equipment inside any structure.

We are actually glad to see that many small engines are being replaced by battery powered motors Ė but take caution with battery charging, donít leave the battery in the charger after itís fully charged there is a risk of overheating and donít cover a charger in any way, it needs air circulation to cool it.

Electrical safety is always a concern during the summer months.  Extension cords are used more often, take precautions to avoid electrocution. Check cords for cracks in the outer covering; replace the cord if thatís the case.  Make sure the round grounding prong is in place on the plug, if not replace the plug or the cord.  The grounding prong is what carries stray electricity back to the system and not through you. If you donít know how to do a proper repair find someone who does, electrocution is not an option.  Avoid risks and donít use a cord in standing water without close inspection of the outer cover. 

When using power equipment such as lawnmowers keep everyone especially children away, solid materials can be launched from a mower and become a deadly object, while children may like to follow you around the yard, be aware of where they are before backing up or being struck by launched objects. Its best to keep them away until you are finished and keep them safe.

If using a ladder or metal objects be sure to LOOK UP first to make sure you are not coming in contact with live electrical wires.  Secondary power can be run from a utility pole to your home overhead, so are telephone and cable wires, if you donít know the difference, just stay away from them all.  When using a ladder make sure the fly section is locked in and the ladder is firmly planted on the ground so that it doesnít fall over or slip when you are on it.

The risk of injury from fireworks increases immensely during the summer months.  Donít take risks and donít place children at risk.  All types of fireworks can be dangerous and can cause severe burns and injuries, donít mix alcohol and fireworks, they can be a deadly combination.  The unintended results could haunt you for a lifetime.

For your personal safety; as it becomes warmer, stay hydrated and donít overdo it, take it easy and enjoy the upcoming summer months by stopping to think, donít take shortcuts we donít want to meet by accident!!

We continue to shamelessly plead to entice new members to join our local fire departments.  The lack of volunteers is becoming a national crisis and may only be solved in the future by hiring part time or full time firefighters which will drive up local taxes.  If you are inclined to join please consider it, we have a job for everyone.


Training Minutes


Electrical Emergencies for first responders


Regularly Scheduled Events:

Training -- Wednesday Nights beginning at 6:30 P.M. and Saturdays beginning at 8:00 A.M. with breakfast beginning at 7:30AM

Company Meetings -- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 P.M.

Board of Fire Commissioner's Meeting -- 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M.



Firefighting isnít for everyone, volunteering is Ė there is more to do than what is shown here:

YouTube Volunteering Video


Download sign-up sheets and become a member!  (Click both links below and fill out)


Membership Application



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Attention District Residents: To make sure your county 911 information is correct, call Saratoga County Emergency Services at 884-4769 daily between  9 A.M. and 5 P.M.


Related Links:

Intellicast Weather Page

NY Fire Fighterís Cancer Support Network

OFPC - Firefighting, Rescue, EMS - Training for Firefighters, Firefighter Jobs, EMS, Rescue - Extrication, HazMat, Paramedic, Tactics & More

U.S. Fire Administration

NYS Assoc. of Fire chiefs

NYS Assoc. of Fire Districts

Association of Fire Districts of the Capital Area

NOAA's National Weather Service

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency


NY Alert

American Airboats

Empire Chemical Sales 


Shakerley Truck Sales

Stillwater Fire District e-mail login



Additional Training Resource Links:


New Developments in Fire Service Training


Get on Board with Fire Service Updates Training




Commissioners and Officers

Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2018

Anthony Ponzillo, Chairman; Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee; Nick Maciariello,  Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus Committee;  Bob Carson Facilities Committee; Jason Urdang Facilities Committee; Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer


Line Officers for 2018

Chief            -- Zach Zendran

Deputy        -- Bob Wood

Assistant     -- Dave Dunn

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- CJ Brownell

Lieut.           -- Jason Urdang

                      -- Chris Miller

                      -- Tim Collins


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Paul Macey


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Bill Valosin


Administrative Officers for 2018

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Scrom

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

Trustees   -- Dave Duquette, Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Brian Sabourin, and Tim Collins




Words to Reflect On

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw rocks at every dog that barks.

Winston Churchill







We are all excited; we have two new membership applications we have to act on.  Every once in a while we have a good day.  The next challenge is getting them trained and working with them.  One candidate was a firefighter in another local department and has moved into the area, we welcome him with open arms.

HELP!  We need more help, at a recent working structure fire we looked around and we donít have backup.  We have fewer volunteers, we have very few who are applying from the community and many of our current members are aging out, they have been with us for many years.  What we do have is those who are willing to come to our aid from other fire departments as mutual aid and we thank them greatly.  Yet most volunteer departments are having the same challenge obtaining new members.  Stop at our main station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday night or Saturday morning and ask for one of the Officers to talk about a job that you can do.


While there is no activity at this time we will be gearing up to obtain a grant to replace our outdated air cylinders.  Their 15 year life span expires in 2020 when we will have to replace approximately 54 cylinders at approximately $1,000 each.

Facility News

Chazen Engineering has completed its assessment of Station 3 and we have invited our first architectural firm into speak with the Board at the September Board meeting to start figuring out what we can do with the site.  The assessment indicated that building is in an overall poor condition given the fact that the building was originally designed to be a 25 year structure and itís been there for 44.


Apparatus News


The fire district has finally received its new Chiefís vehicle from DeNooyer Chevrolet.  A 2019 Tahoe has been placed in service and will be Car 10-0 driven by Chief Wood.  This is the second Tahoe placed in service and was purchased off of a ďpiggybackĒ contract utilized by a number of local fire departments to obtain better contract pricing.  The new vehicle replaced a 2010 Ford Explorer which was a trade in.

The apparatus planning committee has completed its mission to identify the needs for a new water rescue unit to tow the air boat and carry water rescue equipment.  The committee is working with apparatus vendors to develop a set of specifications which will be distributed for bidding purposes.


We have two candidates attending the daytime Basic Fire Operations class, we congratulate them on their dedication and look forward to their graduation.  We have mentors who work with these candidate to help them through their training and with homework assignments learning our equipment and protocols.

The fire company performs training on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Stop by and have a cup of coffee, we are always happy to talk about our fire company.  While youíre at it pick up an application and help out your community.

Members have the ability to access free on-line training on the web.  To access, go online at:, click on E-Learning.  The access code is on the Watch Desk Book in the radio room.  Many of these courses have been revised and some new subjects have been added. 

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


FireRescue 1


Firehouse Magazine


Fire Engineering


ICS Training Resources


Emergency Response Guidebook Training

Emergency Response Guidebook 2016




Mission Statement:


  • Recruiting, cultivating, and retaining the highest quality diverse membership that remains committed to our mission and values.
  • Consistently delivering the best possible services to mitigate emergencies within our financial means and training in the safest manner possible.
  • Focusing on the safety of our members and the community before, during and after emergencies.
  • Partnering with local community, city, county, state, and federal officials and organizations in support of our vision.
  • Developing future leaders in the fire protection and emergency management community worldwide.
  • Encouraging innovative, forward-thinking strategies to reach our vision.