Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Support Arvin Hart Fire Company

The annual fund drive is in full swing.  The volunteer members of the fire company appreciate your continued support.  If you haven’t sent a donation you can mail it to Arvin Hart Fire Company, PO Bx 288, Stillwater NY 12170 – Thank You!!

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Notice of Annual Budget Hearing

The annual public hearing for the 2020 Stillwater Fire District budget will be held on October 15 th , 2019 at the Arvin Hart fire station at 10 Campbell Road at 7pm.


Notice of Bond Referendum and Board of Fire Commissioner’s Election

Due to legal requirements related to the publishing of notices the Bond Vote to finance the reconstruction of Station scheduled for October 8 th will be postponed until Tuesday December 10 th from 6pm until 9pm at the Arvin Hart fire station at 10 Campbell Road.   The bond vote will be held in coordination with the annual Board of Fire Commissioner’s election.   There is one 5 year term to be voted on this year.


 New Fire Station to Be Built, Will not Increase Taxes

The Commissioners of the Stillwater Fire District as well as the Arvin Hart Fire Company Officers have been performing a needs assessment for a replacement fire station #3 at Route 432 in the Town of Stillwater.  The team has been working with the Architectural Firm of Balzer & Tuck in Saratoga Springs which has recently designed a new fire station for the Village of Round Lake and an addition to the Malta Ridge Fire Station.  The Stillwater Fire District/Arvin Hart Volunteer Fire Company serves the residents in a 42 square mile area and has contiguous boarders with the Town of Stillwater, excluding the Village of Stillwater which maintains its own fire department.

The original metal building was constructed by the Fire District as a sub-station in the early 70’s and was designed and constructed with a 25 year life span.  Here we are approximately 44 years later with an aging building that is anything but energy efficient.  The defining moment that forced the fire district into action was in the winter of 2017 when the building could not be kept above freezing which forced the members of the fire company to move the fire apparatus out of the building to another of the District’s 3 fire stations.  Although the furnace was running continuously the temperature in the building didn’t rise above 32°F the fear was the water in the pump on the fire apparatus would freeze and place the unit out of service for fires.

The planning team has agreed on the spaces within the station which will consist of two full length back-in apparatus bays for the larger trucks and a half-length bay for a pick up or smaller vehicle.  Behind the half-length bay is a common area to be used for the staging of firefighters, training, or for public voting if it returns to that station.  We made the building a simple 60’X60’ square, which reduces the cost and made sure the common space was separate from the apparatus garage space.  The building will include handicap accessible bathrooms, a modest kitchenette with microwave, sink and refrigerator, utility space, a decontamination shower for cancer mitigation and a mezzanine over the common area to be used for a bail out training space.  The district is currently getting all the legal work in place to insure that everything will be ready for a spring 2020 ground breaking.  While bidding will not take place until October of this year a rough cost estimate is $1.7 million.  All Fire Districts in the State are required to follow bidding regulations promulgated by the Office of the State Comptroller and are also required to pay prevailing wage rates for any construction projects.  We would hope to have the building fully enclosed by the fall of 2020.

The fire district went to the public in 2005 for approval to raise fire district taxes to pay for Station 1 on Campbell road and will not be looking for a tax increase to construct this station.  We anticipate the debt to be retired in 2020 for station 1 and will secure bond anticipation notes to pay for the replacement for station 3.  The district built a new station #2 on George Thompson road in 1996 which is also paid for, and took possession of station #4 in the Riverside section of town which is also debt free.

The first question that is always asked is; will the fire district need to increase the taxes for fire protection as a result of the replacement of station #3, the answer is no.  The fire district will hold a public hearing and review the project on Wednesday September 18th at 7PM at Station #3 on State Route 423 in the Town of Stillwater.  On October 8th there will be a public referendum (vote) to permit the fire district to obtain bonding in the amount of $1.7m to finance the building of the station.  We anticipate that the bond rates will remain low through the end of the year which will reduce the interest costs to finance the station.



NOTICE: Plan Reviews by the Fire Company

Note:  All plans to be reviewed by the Fire Company for structures or sub-divisions should be hard copies and mailed to AHFD Chief, PO BOX 28, Stillwater, NY 12170



Training Minutes


Tactical Consideration: Transitional Attack

The Art of Reading Smoke


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

If you always do what you’ve done, you will always get what you’ve always got.

Ed Foreman








We are recruiting members for the Fire Police squad.  If you are looking to give back to the community, the fire company is actively recruiting members for fire police duties.  Fire police direct traffic, secure incident scenes and direct the public during events.  They protect the members of the fire company at the scene of incidents.  Training is provided and the fire company has three vehicles used for fire police transport and work.  Visit us any Wednesday night or Saturday mornings to find out how you can serve your community.


With the long-term illness of one of our members, the fire company is looking for new fire police members.  Fire Police respond to calls to control traffic and for the preservation of an incident scene.  If you think you might be interested, please stop by the main fire station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday nights or Saturday mornings.


Recruitment and retention of new volunteer first responders is always important and although right now we have several new, young members we always have members who are on the cusp of aging out and transitioning to less stressful positions.  A volunteer fire company is always in a state of flux with new members coming and older members going.  It’s what makes it interesting and diverse.  The ranks of the volunteer fire service continue to shrink locally and nationally.  As they do, the burden of cost will be borne by the taxpayers as the need for paid staff to supplement volunteer’s increases.

The one thing you can do is volunteer in your community, many hands makes light work and keeps your taxes lower.  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.


We are currently working on our narrative for the upcoming federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants and were going to submit for approximately $300,000 to replace our Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which was last replaced 15 years ago.  We decided this because not only are our cylinders going to be out of compliance, but the rest of the air pack assemblies are three NFPA standard updates removed from the original purchase date in 2005.  The latest NFPA 1852 Standard on the selection, care, and maintenance of SCBA is 2019, our units were manufactured under the 2003 standard.

Facility News

We appreciate those of you who attended the public hearing for the reconstruction of Station 3 on State Route 423.  We will continue to move forward with the process and our next big step will be an appearance before the Town’s Planning Board in November.  One major change is the rescheduling of the Bond Vote to Tuesday December 10th from 6 to 9pm to coincide with the annual fire district commissioner election.  The public will be voting on obtaining the bonds to finance the station construction and for one fire district commissioner on the same night, which saves election expenses.


Apparatus News

We have been informed that the chassis for the new light duty rescue which supports our water rescue capability will come off the assembly line this month and be shipped to KME for completion.  There is a possibility that we may have the new unit before the end of this year rather than the 1st quarter of 2020.


Saturday training has resumed during the month of September and training for both Wednesdays and Saturdays is listed on the Calendar.

Training sessions and meetings are listed in the Calendar on this web page and members can access them in the event section of the I am Responding App on their phones.

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. 

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