Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
Sparkling Device Sales and Use
There is a misnomer to the labeling of this recently passed local
law as the “sparkler bill”. It is being misconstrued as a
consumer-friendly piece that would only allow these sparklers to be
sold during limited time periods. The new law, which has been
adopted by Saratoga County limits the sale of these fireworks to the
time periods of June 1st through July 5th and December 26th through
January 2nd of each calendar year.
show that sparklers and novelty devices are not without danger.
Nationwide, 34 percent of the emergency room fireworks injuries in
2011 were attributed to sparklers and other novelty devices
authorized under this legislation. Out of the 8,600 injuries that
were caused by fireworks in the country in 2010, 1,200 of them came
after the use of sparklers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, a federal agency. Sparklers typically burn at a
temperature between 1,000 and 1,800 degrees. There has already been
one house destroyed in Kingsbury, Washington County due to the
careless disposal of these fireworks.
changes to New York State law have legalized small fireworks in
areas (outside New York City). Chapter 477 of the Laws of 2014
provided counties in New York State with the ability to allow for
certain fireworks to be excluded from the definition of dangerous
Since local governments have
the responsibility to issue permits for these type of fireworks,
when considering the implantation of this local law, local
governments should keep in mind the impact on the safety of children
and the entire community. Serious injuries associated with these
types of fireworks have been well documented.
In addition, any local law
permitting the use of these types of fireworks could create serious
consequences on the safety of our communities, as well as our
volunteer firefighters. Although the fire service was not successful
in lobbying against local legislation allowing for these “novelty”
devices we will be dealing with the consequences and urge all
residents to exercise an abundance of caution in using these devices
and to dispose of them in a metal container stored outside any
Vehicle Extrication Month
Turning Point Parade, Schuylerville
Rock City Falls 75th Anniversary Parade
Stillwater 150th Anniversary Parade
July Training Focus
Hydrant Caps on Too Tight?
Sometimes it’s not the missing caps that are a problem, it’s that
the cap is on so tight that a normal human being has a hard time
removing it. Hydrant caps must be tightened enough so that they
can’t be taken off and sold for scrap, but not so tight that it
takes the entire crew to get them off.
we’re not always the last ones to put the cap back on, so we need to
be prepared for extra-tight caps. Carry a short section of pipe (two
to three feet),
just big enough to slide over the handle of your hydrant wrench,
making the handle longer and giving you some mechanical advantage.
In my part of the world, we call that a “cheater pipe,” but I’m sure
you may have another name for it. One note of caution: When
attempting to open the hydrant with a cheater pipe, you can create a
lot of force that can break the stem or valve if you’re not careful.
One other note about caps: Before you open the
hydrant, make sure you tighten the caps on the unused hydrant
discharge ports. Whoever used it last may not have tightened them
down completely; when the hydrant is charged, these caps can become
projectiles that can take you out at the knees, damage apparatus or
hit bystanders on a busy street. Check before you charge the
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 2015
Ponzillo, Chairman; Mike Handerhan, Facilities Committee;
Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee;
Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus
Bill Doughty Facilities Committee;
Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer
Line Officers for 2015
-- Jamie Herrick
Deputy -- Zach Zendran
Captains -- Rick Hopeck
R J Laurenzo
-- Bob Okosky
-- Jim Woodruff
Administrative Officers for 2015
V.P. -- Nick Maciariello
Sergeant at Arms
-- Bill Ritter
Trustees -- Dave Duquette,
Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Ed
Sabourin, and Tim Collins
Words to Reflect On
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting
our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our
aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Congratulations to Justin Ruggiero for completing FF 1
course. We also want to welcome our newest members
Vanessa Wood and Nicholas Ahern.
To the residents of the Town, we are seriously in need
of additional members. We have lost some good
members to paid departments, a couple have moved away,
and we aren’t getting any younger. If you want to serve
your community, keep your taxes down, and enjoy a good
challenge, we have the job for you. We need interior
firefighters, exterior firefighters, and fire police. Give us a try.
Email us at
one attended our
Open House on April 25th
Applications are on this web page, we are at the
stations on Saturday mornings and on Wednesday evenings
or mail to President Laurenzo at P. O. Box 288,
Stillwater, NY 12170.
If you see the following people in June, they are having
a birthday this month; Jamie Herrick, Lisa Laurenzo, and
During the month of July the following members are
having a birthday; Tim Collins the 24th, Mike Handerhan
the 29th, and Ken Medina the 28th.
We have been awarded a grant by the Global Foundries
– Stillwater Foundation for $2,500 to be used toward
an electronic signboard in front station #1 on
Kellogg Road. The Fire District and Fire Company
will need to decide on matching funds to reach our
The Board continues to explore options on the
rehabilitation of Station 2, which was built in the
Our brush truck is currently out of service to
rebuild the pump on the unit.
A committee is being convened to determine the needs
of the district as a first step to replace the 1995
ETA currently running out of Station #2.
The in-house Basic Firefighter Operations course
has been completed by exterior fire fighters
Jaclyn Thomas, Paul Macey and Bill Valosin. Our
hats off to Lt. Stewart for facilitating that
Training sessions are held on Saturday mornings
at 8 AM and on Wednesday’s beginning at 7 PM.
Jason Urdang conducted an EVOC course recently
for 19 members of the fire company. We want to
thank DeCrescente Distributing for the use of
their parking lot. The road cones were not
permanently harmed in the conduct of this
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.
In the near future an ICS 200 course will be
held for company members.
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