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Article on Smoke Detector Law Change & Fire Safety Facts

Daylight Savings Time begins on March 10, signaling the unofficial start of spring.  The fire service is urging all home owners in the state of New York to replace all aging, removable battery-powered smoke alarms with newer models and test any other units currently in use to ensure they are in working order.  Any smoke alarm over 10 years of age should be replaced, as the sensors begin to decay after 10 years of use and smoke alarms without batteries are useless.

The fire service is encouraging New Yorkers to install smoke alarms equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for 10 years.  These alarms do not require changing the batteries during their lifespan and are nearly impossible to disable.  Beginning on April 1, this will be the only type of battery-powered smoke alarm permitted to be sold in New York, the result of legislation universally supported by the state’s fire service and signed into law by the Governor in December of 2015.

We hope that the passage and implementation of this legislation will save lives.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.  Firefighters frequently encounter smoke alarms with missing or dead batteries, meaning these homes are defenseless against fire.  The beginning of Daylight Savings Time is an excellent opportunity for residents and homeowners to update their fire protection.  The Fire Service Alliance also encourages the installation of home fire sprinklers, which dramatically reduce civilian fire deaths and injuries, as well as protecting the responding firefighters.

Most fatal fires happen between midnight and 8 a.m. and it takes only seconds for fire to spread through a house.  Occupants of a burning home have limited time to escape before being overcome by smoke and flames.  Working smoke alarms help ensure that people are awakened and able to take advantage of those precious minutes.  Furthermore, NFPA research shows the presence of fire sprinklers lowers the civilian death rate by 81 percent, and the firefighter injury rate by nearly 80 percent.

Though it is only March, New York state has already about 20 tragic civilian fire deaths in 1 & 2 family dwellings, the most in the nation.

All New Yorkers are urged to install smoke alarms equipped with non-removable batteries, ensuring that their home and families are never left defenseless against fire.

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


Install – Inspect – Protect Smoke Alarms

How to install Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your Home


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:

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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

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell







Our most valuable asset is our members.  Our Volunteers are dedicated to the community and to the fire company, they provide an immeasurable resource to the community at a bargain price.  Appreciate them!

While we have recently accepted new members we are always in need of more.  The volunteer fire service has been in the news lately due to shrinking numbers all over the United States.  Please consider joining and serving your community, we have a job for everyone and many hands make light work in a difficult and demanding job.  Volunteers save their communities millions in tax dollars.  Let’s keep the momentum going.

Eligible firefighters have now been covered by the new legislatively mandated Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Gap Insurance Benefit program offered by the Hartford Insurance Company through our local insurance broker.  Our firefighters are being offered gap insurance which includes non-medical coverage benefits including a death benefit for any cancers which are more likely to be contracted by firefighters than the general population.

Email us at or stop by the main station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday evenings or Saturday morning and ask for an officer.  Applications are also available on this web site.


No activity at this time but we will be working on grants for an electronic messaging sign at our main station and a grant to replace soon to be out of date breathing air cylinders.

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.  Details will be forthcoming and the public will be invited to a public information session in the future as plans come together.


Apparatus News


The first bid opening for our proposed water rescue unit occurred at the November Board Meeting.  While four companies picked up specifications there was only one bid from Bulldog Fire Equipment of Latham representing KME.  The apparatus committee members carefully reviewed the bid submittal to make sure it includes everything in the specifications, since change orders are not acceptable after the bid is approved.  It was the decision of the Board to reject all bids and place the unit out to bid again with a bid opening at the Board Meeting on February 11th.  At the February Bid opening, two bidders submitted bids, only one bidder was compliant with the specifications.  A bid award will be decided upon at the March Board of Fire Commissioner’s meeting.


Firefighters Danielle Stables and Sophia Daskalakis are currently taking the Interior Operations training so that they can be interior fire fighters.  Even after the basic State Fire Training Courses, training continues weekly at the fire stations.

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.

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. 

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