Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
The October Meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the
Stillwater Fire District will be held on Monday October 3rd
rather than Monday October 10th.
The Annual Budget hearing pursuant to Section 105 of the Town
Law Section 181 will be held on Tuesday October 18th at 7pm at
the main fire station on Campbell at Kellogg Roads, Stillwater
N.Y. 12170 for the purpose of discussion and review of the fire
district’s proposed 2017 budget.
Because it has been very dry the fall season is a critical time to
limit outdoor fires. The combination of dryness plus the dry
falling leaves provides the fine fuels to cause a quickly spreading
fire which may endanger structures. If you are going to burn other
than a camp fire, you will need to apply for a burn permit from the
Town of Stillwater Department of Building and Planning. Burn
permits are copied to the fire department and posted to every
member. If you don’t have a burn permit and the fire department is
called we will extinguish the fire. Nothing except sticks,
branches, ordinary wood etc is to be burned, any other materials
such as mattresses, furniture, plastics etc will be subject to fines
by DEC. The burning of leaves is strictly forbidden by the clean
air rules enforced by DEC. Several area residents have been to
court so far this year for burning unapproved material. Very often
County Communications will dispatch a police agency and DEC to a
suspected illegal burn condition.
Make sure your heating equipment is ready to be used for cold
weather. Vents and chimneys should be checked and cleaned if
necessary. Heating equipment should be tuned up, filters changed
and systems checked so that they are safe and reliable for the
upcoming winter season. If you are burning wood or even pellets do
not store ashes inside the home, garage or on the porch. Dispose of
ashes in a non-combustible covered container and do not store the
container on a combustible surface, this has caused many fires in
the past. Fire wood should be stored away from the home and do not
dispose of ashes near your fire wood supply.
October is Fire Prevention month and this year’s theme is “ Don’t
Wait – Check the Date! Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
“People tend to assume that simply having smoke alarms in their home
ensures adequate protection from fires, but it takes regular testing
and maintenance to ensure that that’s the case,”. “Part of that
effort is making sure you know how old the smoke alarms in your home
are, and that they’re replaced every 10 years.” The age of a smoke
alarm can be determined by looking for the date of manufacture on
the back or side of the alarm, and to replace the units 10 years
from that date.
Fallen FF Memorial Empire State Plaza 11am
Oct 12 - 15
State Fire Districts Fall Workshops Saratoga
Supervisor’s Fire Service Briefing – 9am Training Center
Election Day – VOTE!
October Training Minutes
Training Focus of the Month
Proper Operation of the Thermal Imaging Camera
Chimney Fire Training Power Point
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.
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.
Intellicast Weather Page
Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
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
Association of Fire Districts of the
Saratoga Co Fire Officers
National Weather Service
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
NYS -- OEM
Groundaerial web site
Empire Chemical Sales
Shakerley Truck Sales
District e-mail login
Additional Training Resource Links:
New Developments in Fire Service
Get on Board with Fire Service
Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2016
Ponzillo, Chairman; Mike Handerhan, Facilities Committee;
Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee;
Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus
Committee; Bob Carson Facilities Committee;
Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer
Line Officers for 2016
Captains -- Rick Hopeck
R J Laurenzo
Administrative Officers for 2016
V.P. -- Nick Maciariello
-- Tiffani Scrom
Sergeant at Arms
-- Bill Ritter
Trustees -- Dave Duquette,
Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Ed
Sabourin, and Tim Collins
Words to Reflect On
If you see the following members, wish them a happy
birthday this month: Veronica Miron 25th; Jeff Nylon
27th; Danielle Stables 22nd.
For anyone applying there is a process that needs to be
followed which may take up to 90 days to complete.
Unfortunately as new members apply, we lose other
members for various reasons. The fire service today
experiences an average 5 year turnover rate, as a result
we are always in need of new members. If you want a
challenge, if you want to serve your community and if
you want to keep your taxes low, please consider serving
as a volunteer firefighter.
There is a job for everyone. If you are interested, stop by on any
Wednesday evening, Saturday mornings or email
Applications are on this web page, center section.
There is no grant activity for the department at this time.
Most of the work scheduled for this year has been
completed, the big projects were the painting and
epoxy floor at Station 2 and the energy efficiency
upgrades for all of the stations. Currently we are
having all of our overhead doors serviced to make
sure there is no leakage and that they operate
properly. The sprinkler system was repaired at
station 1 and the annual testing will be completed
during the first week of October. Maintaining four
operational fire stations is a constant process of
preventive maintenance and repairs by the Board of
Our new ETA is under construction as we continue to
work with KME on construction questions and
answers. It will probably be late February before
we make another trip to the plant to review progress
and final construction details. Some of the unique
details include two cross lays on the front bumper,
a rear 6” suction intake, and a air primer. The
unit will have a 500gpm Hale pump and will carry
1250 gallons of water.
In the near future the brush truck will be prepared
for winter weather after the fall brush fire
season. As with the buildings the apparatus
requires constant vigilance and preventative
maintenance to insure the apparatus is ready for
response at all times.
The members continue to train at least
two days a week, Wednesday nights and Saturday
mornings. On Saturdays, breakfast is
provided and we want to take this opportunity to
thank Paul Macey for his dedication in the fire
station kitchen almost every Saturday. If
anyone would like to perform a guest cook
appearance on any Saturday, please let us know.
Members have the ability to access free on-line
training on the web.
To access, go online
on E-Learning. The access code is on the Watch
Desk Book in the radio room.
Training Resource Links:
ICS Training Resources
Emergency Response Guidebook Training
Recruiting, cultivating, and retaining the highest quality
diverse membership that remains committed to our mission and
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
Developing future leaders in the fire protection and
emergency management community worldwide.
Encouraging innovative, forward-thinking strategies to reach