Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




The October Meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Stillwater Fire District will be held on Monday October 3rd rather than Monday October 10th.


The Annual Budget hearing pursuant to Section 105 of the Town Law Section 181 will be held on Tuesday October 18th at 7pm at the main fire station on Campbell at Kellogg Roads, Stillwater N.Y. 12170 for the purpose of discussion and review of the fire districtís proposed 2017 budget.



If you are going to burn other than a camp fire, you will need to apply for a burn permit from the Town of Stillwater Department of Building and Planning.  Burn permits are copied to the fire department and posted to every member.  If you donít have a burn permit and the fire department is called we will extinguish the fire.  Nothing except sticks, branches, ordinary wood etc is to be burned, any other materials such as mattresses, furniture, plastics etc will be subject to fines by DEC.  Several area residents have been to court so far this year for burning unapproved material.  Very often County Communications will dispatch a police agency and DEC to a suspected illegal burn condition.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Itís very unusual for a CO Detector to activate during the summer months, but it can happen.  Treat it as a real incident but understand that CO detectors have a defined sensor life, usually 5 to 7 years, after which they may false alarm on a regular basis.  There is normally a build date on the back of the detector.  If your windows are open and the detector goes off take the usual precautions and have the condition checked.

 Downed Power Lines

Very often during the summer months we respond to a number of incidents involving downed power lines, due to either accidents or storm related damage.  Be aware, DO NOT approach downed lines, they may still be alive and if so can kill you.  Stay back away from downed lines and be cautious if the are in trees, across fences or guard rails, the electricity can charge these items and have deadly consequences.  Never presume a power line is dead!!  Take a look around your home, if there are tree branches over hanging the power lines coming into the home consider trimming them back, please have a professional perform this task due to the dangers of electrocution.



Upcoming Events

Sept 8 Capital Area Districts Assoc Mtg. 7pm West Crescent
Sept 11 9-11 remembrance Mechanicville Elks.
Sept 26 Fire Advisory Board 7pm County OES
Oct 11 Fallen FF Memorial  Empire State Plaza 11am
Oct 12-15 State Fire Districts Fall Workshops Saratoga
Oct 31 Halloween
Nov 8 Election Day Ė VOTE!



September Training Minutes


Training Focus of the Month

Lock Nut Up or Down, Paratech Answer!

MSA Four Gas Meters



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:

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

Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund

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

Saratoga Co Fire Officers

NOAA's National Weather Service

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency


NY Alert

Wearlon Corporation

Groundaerial web site

American Airboats

Empire Chemical Sales 


Shakerley Truck Sales

Stillwater Fire District e-mail login



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 2016

Anthony Ponzillo, Chairman; Mike Handerhan, Facilities Committee; Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee; Nick Maciariello,  Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus Committee;  Bob Carson Facilities Committee; Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer


Line Officers for 2016

Chief            -- Zach Zendran

Deputy        -- Bob Wood

Assistant     -- Dave Dunn

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- CJ Brownell

Lieut.           -- Jason Urdang

                      -- Jamie Herrick

                      -- Tim Collins


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Paul Macey


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Bill Valosin


Administrative Officers for 2016

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Scrom

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On





If you see the following members wish them a happy birthday in September; 13th John Conlen, 18th Rick Hopeck.

For anyone applying there is a process that needs to be followed which may take up to 90 days to complete.  Unfortunately as new members apply, we lose other members for various reasons.  The fire service today experiences an average 5 year turnover rate, as a result we are always in need of new members.  If you want a challenge, if you want to serve your community and if you want to keep your taxes low, please consider serving as a volunteer firefighter.  There is a job for everyone.  If you are interested, stop by on any Wednesday evening, Saturday mornings or email us at  Applications are on this web page, center section.


There is no grant activity for the department at this time.

Facility News

The painting of Station 2 on George Thompson Road is complete including the epoxy floors.

As a result of the energy efficiency survey performed by NYSEG the District has had a number of new energy efficient lighting fixtures installed at all the stations which will reduce energy costs.


Apparatus News

Our new ETA is under construction as we continue to work with KME on construction questions and answers.  It will probably be late February before we make another trip to the plant to review progress and final construction details.  Some of the unique details include two cross lays on the front bumper, a rear 6Ē suction intake, and a air primer.  The unit will have a 500gpm Hale pump and will carry 1250 gallons of water.


The members continue to train at least two days a week, Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.  On Saturdays, breakfast is provided and we want to take this opportunity to thank Paul Macey for his dedication in the fire station kitchen almost every Saturday.  If anyone would like to perform a guest cook appearance on any Saturday, please let us know.

Members have the ability to access free on-line training on the web.

To access, go online at, click on E-Learning.  The access code is on the Watch Desk Book in the radio room.

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


FireRescue 1


Firehouse Magazine


Fire Engineering


ICS Training Resources


Emergency Response Guidebook Training




Mission Statement:


  • Recruiting, cultivating, and retaining the highest quality diverse membership that remains committed to our mission and values.
  • 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 vision.
  • Developing future leaders in the fire protection and emergency management community worldwide.
  • Encouraging innovative, forward-thinking strategies to reach our vision.