Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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

 

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Legal Notice

The original bids for the water rescue support vehicle were rejected at the December Board Meeting and will be rebid with a bid opening scheduled for the February 11th Board Meeting.

The re-organizational Meeting of the Stillwater Fire District will take place at the regular meeting on January 14th beginning at 7pm, at Station 1 on Campbell Road.

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Winter Fire Safety Tips

Now that winter weather has descended upon upstate New York we are beginning to see an uptick in structure fires.  This is especially disturbing around the holiday season.  We donít want anyone to go through the agony of having a fire at any time, especially during the holidays.

Make sure your smoke alarms and CO detectors are operational and that everyone can hear them.  When sleeping, close the doors it will slow down the spread of deadly fire related smoke and gases, it can make a huge difference.  Know how to escape and never return back inside to retrieve anything.  This time of year the main causes of fire include candles, unattended cooking and the careless disposal of ashes removed from the fireplace or fuel burning appliances.

What do I do if I have a fire?  First and foremost get all of the residents out of the structure and then call the fire department.  Donít waste time and energy trying to extinguish the fire yourself, you are only wasting valuable time, fire grows exponentially in a very short period of time.  Once everyone is accounted for flag down the arriving fire department apparatus and let them know everyone is out of the structure and safe.  If anyone is injured report that to the first arriving units.  When you are waiting for the fire department to arrive it feels like an eternity.

When the fire department arrives they are in charge and take possession of the structure.  After the fire department is finished extinguishing the fire they will investigate to determine the cause.  You should contact your insurance agent and inform them of the fire, they will obtain reports from the fire department and the investigators.  All fires are investigated to determine the cause of the fire itís a legal requirement for the fire chief.

You will likely need to find a temporary place to live, obtain some clothes and other immediate needs.  The fire chief can help you contact agencies that will provide temporary assistance.  If friends or family are close by most displaced residents will seek temporary shelter there.  You will want to contact your insurance agent who will in turn place you in contact with an insurance adjuster.  The adjusterís job is to calculate your loss and communicate that to the insurance company.  If you had a fire could you enumerate your losses, would you be able to remember everything you had or lost - - probably not, thatís why you should record the contents of your home and save it to a place separate from your home or business.  This will be a stressful event, the more prepared you are the less stressful it will be.

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Training Minutes

 

MSA G1 SCBA Basic Operation and Maintenance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cFwWCX86KM

MSA SCBA RIT Pack Use

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpysfFcXt-8.

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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 7:00 P.M.

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

 

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

YouTube Volunteering Video

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

 

Membership Application

 

 

DMV Disclosure

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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.

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Related Links:

Intellicast Weather Page

NY Fire Fighterís Cancer Support Network

OFPC

Firehouse.com - 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

NYS -- OEM

NY Alert

American Airboats

Empire Chemical Sales 

KME

Shakerley Truck Sales

Stillwater Fire District e-mail login

www.thehartford.com/resources/gb/ny-firefighters

 

 

 

 

Additional Training Resource Links:

 

New Developments in Fire Service Training

http://www.leadingwithattitude.com/slicers-info.html

 

Get on Board with Fire Service Updates Training

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2JcNonr4us&list=PLVJgN15cYpT6J0c7BY2opU7GC71ThgEb0

 

 

 

Commissioners and Officers

Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2019

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

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Line Officers for 2019

Chief            -- Bob Wood

Deputy        -- Dave Dunn

Assistant     -- Zach Zendran

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

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Administrative Officers for 2019

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas

 

Secretary

                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Murray

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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

 

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Words to Reflect On

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator and change has its enemies.

Robert Kennedy

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News

 

Personnel

 

We want to express our sincere condolences to the Wicks family on the passing of Bill Wicks.  Bill was a former member of Arvin Hart and served as a fire police officer.

We welcome two new members again this month.  TJ Rinaldi Jr joins us again as he goes on leave from the Albany Fire Department to start a new career and Sean Ritter joins us as an interior firefighter.  Thank you for your contributions to your community.

While we have recently accepted new members we are always in need of more.  The volunteer fire service has been in the news lately due to shrinking ranks all over the United States.  Please consider joining and serving your community, we have a job for everyone and many hands make light work in a difficult and demanding job.  Volunteers save their communities millions in tax dollars.  Letís keep the momentum going.

Eligible firefighters have now been covered by the new legislatively mandated Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Gap Insurance Benefit program offered by the Hartford Insurance Company through our local insurance broker.  Our firefighters are being offered gap insurance which includes non-medical coverage benefits including a death benefit for any cancers.  This program took effect on January 1st 2019 and is required for all eligible firefighters in the state who comply with the policy requirements.  Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general U.S. population, and studies have shown that that the risk of certain cancers is increased the longer they spend working in the fire service. In addition to the insurance to mitigate their exposure, firefighters and fire officers take steps to protect themselves by wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE) in the proper way and at the right times.

Email us at recruit@arvinhart.org or stop by the main station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday evenings or Saturday morning and ask for an officer.  Applications are also available on this web site.

Grants

No activity at this time but we will be gearing up to submit an Assistance to Firefighterís Grant in 2019 to replace our SCBA air cylinders which will reach their 15 year life service.

Facility News

We continue to work to determine what our new Station 3 will look like and how it will serve the community best.  The station was originally designed as a 25 year building that has been in place for 45 years.  Last winter with the heat continuously running the temperature inside the building fell below 32 degrees forcing us to move the trucks to other stations to prevent damage.  Itís time to move to a more energy efficient building designed and build for 50 years.

 

Apparatus News

 

The bid opening for our proposed water rescue unit occurred at the November Board Meeting.  While four companies picked up specifications there was only one bid from Bulldog Fire Equipment of Latham representing KME.  The apparatus committee members are carefully reviewed the bid submittal to make sure it includes everything in the specifications, change orders are not acceptable after the bid is approved.  It was the decision of the Board to reject all bids and place the unit out to bid again with a bid opening at the February Board meeting.

Training

Congratulations to two candidates, Sophia Daskalakis and Danielle Staples recent completed the Basic Fire Operations Course, congratulations to them.  We wish them well as they move forward to the Interior Fire Operations Course.  Even after completing the formal State Training Courses they will continue learning at weekly fire company training and on the job tasks.

The fire company continues to train twice a week, on Wednesday evening and Saturday mornings.  One of the benefits of the Saturday morning training is that breakfast is served in the fire station before the training begins at 8am.

Members have the ability to access free on-line training from the parent company of ESIP insurance on the web.  To access, go online at:  www.mcneilandcompany.com, click on E-Learning.  The access code is in the Watch Desk Book located in the radio room at Station 1.  Many of these courses have been revised and some new subjects have been added. Many of these courses have been revised and some new subjects have been added. 

Training Resource Links:

Local Training

www.FASNY.com

www.AFDCA.org

http://www.afdsny.org

www.Nysfirechiefs.com

 

FireRescue 1

http://www.firerescue1.com

 

Firehouse Magazine

http://www.firehouse.com

 

Fire Engineering

http://www.fireengineering.com

 

ICS Training Resources

http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp

 

Emergency Response Guidebook Training

Emergency Response Guidebook 2016

 

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Mission Statement:

 

Service Ė Trust Ė Honor ĖEthics

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