Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Legal Notice

The final budget has been voted on by the Board of Fire Commissioners and with some carry over from last year the tax levy did not exceed the 2% tax cap.


Winter Fire Safety Tips

Now that winter weather has descended upon upstate New York we are beginning to see an uptick in structure fires.  This is especially disturbing around the holiday season.  We donít want anyone to go through the agony of having a fire at any time, especially during the holidays.

Make sure your smoke alarms and CO detectors are operational and that everyone can hear them.  When sleeping, close the doors it will slow down the spread of deadly fire related smoke and gases, it can make a huge difference.  Know how to escape and never return back inside to retrieve anything.  This time of year the main causes of fire include candles, unattended cooking and the careless disposal of ashes removed from the fireplace or fuel burning appliances.

What do I do if I have a fire?  First and foremost get all of the residents out of the structure and then call the fire department.  Donít waste time and energy trying to extinguish the fire yourself, you are only wasting valuable time, fire grows exponentially in a very short period of time.  Once everyone is accounted for flag down the arriving fire department apparatus and let them know everyone is out of the structure and safe.  If anyone is injured report that to the first arriving units.  When you are waiting for the fire department to arrive it feels like an eternity.

When the fire department arrives they are in charge and take possession of the structure.  After the fire department is finished extinguishing the fire they will investigate to determine the cause.  You should contact your insurance agent and inform them of the fire, they will obtain reports from the fire department and the investigators.  All fires are investigated to determine the cause of the fire itís a legal requirement for the fire chief.

You will likely need to find a temporary place to live, obtain some clothes and other immediate needs.  The fire chief can help you contact agencies that will provide temporary assistance.  If friends or family are close by most displaced residents will seek temporary shelter there.  You will want to contact your insurance agent who will in turn place you in contact with an insurance adjuster.  The adjusterís job is to calculate your loss and communicate that to the insurance company.  If you had a fire could you enumerate your losses, would you be able to remember everything you had or lost - - probably not, thatís why you should record the contents of your home and save it to a place separate from your home or business.  This will be a stressful event, the more prepared you are the less stressful it will be.


Training Minutes


OSHA/PESH Training Tutorial on Portable Fire Extinguishers

FEMA Fire Extinguisher Training Video


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 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



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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 Fighterís 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



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 2018

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 2018

Chief            -- Zach Zendran

Deputy        -- Bob Wood

Assistant     -- Dave Dunn

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 2018

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, Brian Sabourin, and Tim Collins




Words to Reflect On

Donít find the fault, find the remedy.

Henry Ford







Welcome to two new members; Dave Zecca and Gina Higgins.  Dave comes to the fire company with a mountain of experience and we welcome him, he also doesnít have far to go to get to the station.  We also welcome Gina who has stepped up to volunteer in her community and will be working with the fire police.  Thank you for your contributions to your community.

While we have recently accepted some new members but could always use more.  We arenít perfect but we try hard to do the right thing.  Our ďjob oneĒ is to provide fire and rescue services to the residents of the Town of Stillwater and to our mutual aid partners.  There are a number of benefits; training in emergency situations, the potential of becoming a career firefighter, gap coverage for cancer, enrolment in a retirement benefit called a length of service program, accident coverage, controlled involvement and training, a small income tax benefit, annual health screening, a sense of community and the fulfillment of serving your community.  The State Firemanís Association offers community college tuition reimbursement for any course of study taken by an active Volunteer.

Email us at or stop by the main station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday evenings or Saturday morning and ask for an officer.


No activity at this time but we will be gearing up to submit an Assistance to Firefighterís Grant in 2019 to replace our SCBA air cylinders which will reach their 15 year life service.

Facility News

The summer work is over, but we will be working with an architectural firm to come up with a plan to replace our Station 3 on Route 423.  Originally designed and built as a 25 year building, itís been there for 44 years and is extremely energy inefficient.  Last winter with the heat continuously running it got so cold in the building we had to move the apparatus to other stations to avoid freezing the water in the pump.  Itís time to make the move to a more energy efficient and modern building.


Apparatus News


The 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 are carefully reviewing the bid submittal to make sure it includes everything in the specifications, change orders are not acceptable after the bid is approved.  A recommendation will be made to the full board at the December 11th meeting.


We have two candidates who are currently enrolled in the Interior Fire Operations training course, they recently completed the Basic Fire Operations training course and decided to forge ahead to the interior firefighting operations training portion of the course.  These candidates are being mentored by seasoned firefighters in the fire company to assist them in their goal to graduation.  Even after formal training, they continue learning at weekly drills and on the job tasks.

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 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.  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:


  • 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.