Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
Volunteer Fire Station Duties
This is the stuff that needs to be done around a volunteer fire
station because there is no one else to do it except you or I. In
order to keep our stations and equipment in a professional manner we
have to perform the following tasks and should be done without
ragging on you. Anyone can do these things. All of this work does
not have to be done at once; just do something or a little each time
you come into the station. So before the next time you decide to
wash your car, or take some ice or watch a game on the TV consider
doing some of these tasks. Itís your way of contributing. Or if
you want to get two or three members together to do some of the
work, be our guest. If you work more than two hours on any detail,
have an officer verify it and it can count as a drill.
Clean the engine bays, floors, walls, ceiling, fans, lights,
everything (not all at once)
Roll up hose that has been left to dry and store it away as
Clean any windows or walls as needed.
Clean the overhead doors and windows as needed
Pick up bottles and cans including out of the apparatus and
properly dispose of them
Clean up the storage or function rooms, remove cob webs, dust,
debris, throw away empty stuff, etc. Sweep out the floors
Fill any SCBA cylinders as long as you are qualified on the
system and document it in the SCBA compressor log
Check the air packs for proper secure storage, clean the masks
and make sure they are ready for operation
Dust off the window sills, especially the high ones in the bays,
remove all bugs, dirt and cob webs
If the apparatus is dirty, wash it, including the wheels, tires
and wheel wells, under the back step or where ever there is an
accumulation of dirt.
Clean all bugs and cobwebs from where ever they are present (and
they are everywhere)
Clean around the exercise area
Clean the insides of the apparatus cabs including the windows,
wipe down the muddy floors (please do not flood with water)
If the apparatus compartment is dirty, clean it, if its messed
up, straighten it (donít change things around without checking
with a Chief Officer)
Clean down desks or tops of cabinets
If the rags are dirty, wash them and hang them up to dry
Replace any blown light bulbs if you can
Straighten up the kitchen, toss out any magazine more than 6
If the coffee pot is dirty, clean it out
If there are dishes in the sink, wash them
If something was left out, put it away
If itís dirty, clean it, if itís out of place straighten it up,
if it needs filling Ė fill it, take some pride in your station
and equipment and donít leave it for someone else to do.
All of our stations
and apparatus need constant attention; YOU are the one that
needs to do the work; there is no one else.
A call this week for a chimney fire, which is considered a structure
fire since it is a fire in a chimney that can easily spread to the
structure, brought up an issue of access. While we all want our
private piece of the American Dream, many times homes are being
constructed several hundred, even thousands of feet off the main
road. The problem is plain and simple; with a normal old fashioned
winter like we are experiencing access by the fire department is
difficult if not impossible.
If we look to the State Fire and Building Code for
residential structures there is a requirement for posting house
numbers, so that they are plainly visible and legible from the
street or road fronting the property. Address numbers shall be
Arabic numerals or alphabet letter and shall be a minimum of 4Ē high
and at least ĹĒ wide. Take a look around and see how many homes are
in compliance. Then the issue of access, when a residence is more
than 300 feet from a fire apparatus access road or public street a
driveway must be provided, if the home is more than 300 feet from
the access road or public way due to topography, waterways or
nonnegotiable grades, the building has to be protected by a
sprinkler system. The code goes on to specify that driveways shall
provide a minimum unobstructed width of 12 feet; that includes
during the winter, and a minimum unobstructed height of 13 feet 6
inches, in other words, no overhanging trees. If a driveway exceeds
500 feet on a dead end, a turnaround shall be provided for use by
fire apparatus. Note that Arvin Hartís longest truck is 34 feet and
is height is 11 feet 3 inches high. Driveways including bridges
shall be constructed to support fire apparatus and must be
approved. Approved by whom? The design of driveways, including
turning radius and grade shall facilitate passage of fire apparatus
and be approved. Approved by whom, the code official in conjunction
with the fire department, in this case.
Now that we have covered what the law says, letís put it
in simple language, if you build beyond the capability of the fire
department to access your property, then there is a good chance that
we will not be able to save it if it catches on fire. The fire
department will make every effort to access your property but there
is a limit and they may have to take extraordinary measures that
will take so much time, it will be impossible to control the fire.
For example, the fire this week was in a house about 1,200 feet off
the road, the fire engine was unable to make it up the driveway due
to ice, narrow conditions, a drop off on one side of the driveway
and an incline. Fortunately the fire was contained in the chimney
and burnt out after the wood was removed from the stove. The only
way to have fought this fire was to obtain a 4 wheel drive vehicle,
drag the hose line up the driveway and have firefighters walk in
1,000 with all of the necessary equipment to extinguish the fire.
How long do you think that would take? This may not have been and
easy task during the summer.
There are many homes around the lake and on Luther
Road that are not accessible by fire apparatus, especially during
the winter months. These driveways present an impossible challenge
for the fire departments and the residents need to understand that
due to snow, ice, steep incline, overhead trees, limited width,
sharp turns and other factors, access for fire apparatus may be
impossible when needed.
This brings us back to the driveway standards in the
code, the driveway should be maintained to a width of 12 feet,
including after a snow fall. Branches over the driveway should be
cut up 13 feet 6 inches to all apparatus to gain access. Inclines
need to be sanded or salted to provide traction and there should be
a sufficient turn around area at the end of a long dead end driveway
to allow apparatus to turn around. Other mitigative measures would
include making sure smoke detectors operate, or perhaps installing a
commercial alarm system. But remember no matter what you do, if we
canít access your property, the results will not be favorable.
Training from Safety Officer
NY Company Trip
March Training Focus
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:
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sign-up sheet and become a member!
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Application & MV 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.
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Association of Fire Districts of the
County Fire Service
National Weather Service
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
State Emergency Management Office
Groundaerial web site
District e-mail login
Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2014
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 2014
-- Jamie Herrick
Deputy -- Zach Zendran
Captains -- Rick Hopeck
R J Laurenzo
-- Bob Okosky
-- Jim Woodruff
Administrative Officers for 2014
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
When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.
Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and
live the moment.
The members of the fire company completed their annual physicals
this week at Corporate Health Services in Malta. Any
other members who need to complete their annual physical
will need to clear it through a Commissioner and make an
Congratulations to former Lieutenant TJ Rinaldi on being sworn in
as a FireFighter with Albany Fire Department. TJ is
currently enrolled in the Paramedic program being run in
the City of Albany.
Three birthdays this month, Jason Urdang, Tim Scrom and
We can always use more members, stop by any Wednesday
evening or Saturday morning for an application or write
We could use volunteers for our fire police unit.
There is no active grant activity at this time.
We will be looking to perform roof work at Station 4, interior
repairs at Station 2 and roof/gutter work at Station 1 in
We have been doing some housecleaning: Look
under legal notices for a list of surplus items that are up
for bid. Our high pressure tanks were purchased by
Mayfield Fire District and our hose rack was purchased by
Melrose Fire District.
We plan to surplus and offer for bid the 1989 Marion Pumper
designated ETA-101 and replace it with a crew cab pickup
truck. The pickup will be a multi-use vehicle which can be
used by the fire police to provide traffic control and for
other tasks such as storm response, general hauling duties
and as a multi passenger transport. Fire Police can no
longer block traffic with their personal vehicles since the
donít have emergency lighting or reflective stripping for
high visibility on their vehicles.
Although it is now in service the new MR-108 will continue to be
the subject of additional training for drivers and
rescuers. Several more drivers will be checked out in the
The old air boat has some minor mechanical issues that need
to be repaired and then it will be surplused for bid.
We held an open house on February 22nd to allow the public
to view our new Air Boat and the Heavy Rescue both purchased
in 2013. Several members of the public stopped by as well
as members of area fire departments. We appreciate your
support and glad you could join us.
This month the company will begin in-house EVOC training
in conjunction with on-line training modules provided by
McNeil & Company Insurance. Jason Urdang has
volunteered to be our instructor for those who were
unable to attend the three day course last year.
We continue to remind the members that free on-line training is
available on the McNeil & Company web site including
EVOC and OSHA training modules. To access go online at
www.mcneilandcompany.com, click on E-Learning. The access code is in the Watch Desk Book
in the Radio Room.
Training sessions continue to be held on Saturday
morning at 8am and on Wednesday evening at 7pm
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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.
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before, during and after emergencies.
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Developing future leaders in the fire protection and
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