Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




Fire Company Community Open House Saturday April 27th from 11am – 2pm, at station 1 at the corner of Campbell & Kellogg Roads.  See your volunteers in action.


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Short Subjects Related to Fire Safety

First order of business is to remind everyone of the annual burn ban that is in effect until May 14 across New York State.  Why?  Since 2009 New York State has prohibited residential burning during the coming high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property, and natural resources.  The ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we're encouraging New Yorkers to put safety first.  Historically, open burning of debris has been the largest cause of spring wildfires in the State causing damage and placing firefighters at risk.  When temperatures are warmer due to stronger sun and longer days; debris, dead grass, and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread very quickly and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.  No matter what the time of year, a burn permit is required for the Town of Stillwater and available at Town Hall.  Violators of the state's open burning regulations are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.

To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).  If the fire department is called to the scene of an illegal fire, it will be extinguished!!

The weather is trying to warm and that means outdoor activities.  A reminder that grills should always be used a safe distance from buildings especially those with combustible siding like wood or highly flammable vinyl siding a good distance would be3 to 5 or more feet away.  Have an extinguisher handy and know how to use it. 

It’s also time to get out the extension cords, inspect them to make sure they are safe to use, replace any broken cords or cords that have the outer covering compromised; it’s a matter of fire and personal safety.  For the safety of family and guests, make sure decks, steps and railings are secure and stable.  Trips and falls is a leading cause of accidents both around the house and in the work place.

Outdoor camp or cooking fires are permitted as long as they are limited in size and are thoroughly extinguished and cold if not attended.

Make sure emergency responders can see your house number on the property from any approach and you have a long driveway, make sure it is readily accessible by the fire department, at least 12’ wide and 12’ overhead for the easy passage of trucks without interference from overgrowth or tree limbs.  We want you to have another enjoyable spring as we prepare for summer.

Smoke alarm tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they’re working.  Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
  • Interconnect your smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do.
  • If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year.  If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do NOT disable the unit, replace the battery or the unit.
  • Vacuum or blow out any dust that might have accumulated in the unit.
  • NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else.
  • NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm.
  • Smoke alarms should not be installed near windows or vents because drafts could interfere with their operation.
  • Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.



Training Minutes


High Pressure Airbag System Set Up

Stabilization/Cribbing Demo


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.



Firefighting isn’t for everyone, volunteering is – 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



DMV Disclosure


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 Fighter’s 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


Cancer Gap Coverage





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 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


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


Administrative Officers for 2019

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Murray

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

Professionalism is an Attitude not a job status.







Congratulations and thanks to Sophia Daskalakis, Leaha Urdang and Danielle Stables for successfully completing the grueling Interior Fire Operations course.  All three of these young ladies have now been trained as interior firefighters and will continue on the job training.  We congratulate their dedication and perseverance, and thank them for their service.

Our most valuable asset is our members.  Our volunteers dedicate their time freely to the community and to the other members of the fire company at a bargain price.  Appreciate them!!

While we have recently accepted several new members we are always in need for more, many hands make light work.  The ranks of volunteer fire service continues to shrink locally and nationally and the cost to replace them will weigh heavy on the taxpayers.

Let’s keep the momentum going.  Find out how YOU can contribute by emailing us at or better yet stop by the main station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning and talk with an officer.  Applications are also available on this web site.


No activity at this time.

We are considering grants for three projects; replacing our self contained breathing apparatus cylinders which will no longer pass the standard after next year, an electronic sign board for the front of the main station and to run broadband cable to our station 3 on Route 423.

We have recently learned that to run internet cabling to station 3 would be an unbudgeted cost of $40,000 with Charter Communication picking up $10,000 of that cost, leaving the taxpayers to pay for the remaining.

Facility News

The Board has engaged Balzer & Tuck Architects of Saratoga Springs to design and manage the construction of a new Station 3 on State Route 423.  We are looking to begin construction to replace our 44 year old building with a new energy efficient structure in the spring of 2020.  We are working to develop detailed plans and estimates for the project and the public will be informed as plans develop.


Apparatus News

The second bid for the proposed water rescue support unit was rejected and at this time the project is in limbo.  We will continue to use the 1999 former ambulance to pull the boat and store the water rescue equipment.  The unit was recently out of service for a week to replace the drive shaft bearing.

All of our apparatus was recently tested and inspected.  Any repairs will be performed in the coming weeks.  All of hose and ladders will be tested in June according to the national standards. 


The county fire police association held a successful training event sponsored by Arvin Hart Fire Co with the help of DeCrescente Distributing.  We thank DeCrescente Distributing for allowing us to use this excellent training facility on North Main Street, Mechanicville.

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.  Training is listed in the Calendar section of this web site.

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:, 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. 

At the County Training Center

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


FireRescue 1


Firehouse Magazine


Fire Engineering


ICS Training Resources


Emergency Response Guidebook Training

Emergency Response Guidebook 2016




Mission Statement:


Service – Trust – Honor –Ethics