Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
*** Please Note
The August monthly meeting of
the Stillwater Fire District Board of Commissioners has been
changed to Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Thanks and
see you then!
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 don’t 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
It’s 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
Fire Expo 2016 – Turning Stone
Hudson Valley F/A Parade
Eagle Matt Lee Anniversary Parade -Ballston
Bennington Vt. Parade
June Training Minute
Training Focus of the Month
Size Up – How to Read Smoke
Making the Hydrant
Forcible Entry Commercial Door with Inside Drop Bar
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.
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.
Intellicast Weather Page
Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
Firehouse.com - 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
Association of Fire Districts of the
Saratoga Co Fire Officers
National Weather Service
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
NYS -- OEM
Groundaerial web site
Empire Chemical Sales
Shakerley Truck Sales
District e-mail login
Additional Training Resource Links:
New Developments in Fire Service
Get on Board with Fire Service
Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2016
Ponzillo, Chairman; Mike Handerhan, Facilities Committee;
Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee;
Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus
Bob Hagadorn Jr. Facilities Committee;
Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer
Line Officers for 2016
Captains -- Rick Hopeck
R J Laurenzo
Administrative Officers for 2016
V.P. -- Nick Maciariello
-- Tiffani Scrom
Sergeant at Arms
-- Bill Ritter
Trustees -- Dave Duquette,
Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Ed
Sabourin, and Tim Collins
Words to Reflect On
The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to
understand. We listen to reply.
If you see the following members in June, wish them a
Happy Birthday; Jamie Herrick 17th, Lisa Laurenzo 9th, &
Ed Martin 25th.
We have had several new applications recently which will
be acted upon over the next 60 days. For anyone
applying there is a process that needs to be followed
and it may take up to 90 days to complete the process.
Unfortunately as new members apply we lose other
members. 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
There is a job for everyone. If you are interested, stop by on any
Wednesday evening, Saturday mornings or email
Applications are on this web page, center section.
There is no grant activity for the department at this time.
The Facility Committee continues to work with
NYSERDA and their contractor to assess energy use at
our stations. The recommendations have been made
for several lighting changes which will save us
money. In addition grants from NYSERDA are
available to offset the cost with a very short pay
The construction of the Town’s water tower has begun
at Station 2 on George Thompson Road. The first
phase of the construction will be to build a
substantial concrete base for the tank. Plans are
also underway to run water into the fire station so
that we can abandon our on site well.
Now that the weather has warmed up, painting will
begin at Station 2. This is the first painting of
the station since it was completed in 1996. Upon
completion of the painting a new epoxy floor will be
applied in the engine bays.
A survey of the property on State Route 423 has been
completed. The District will now begin to lay out a
new building on the site to replace the metal
building which is showing signs of age after 40 plus
Verizon has completed their cell booster project at
Station 1. Boosters are being strategically placed
around the community to improve cell phone strength.
During a recent trip to KME Fire Apparatus in
Pennsylvania, Bill Ritter, A/C Dave Dunn and Tom
Rinaldi spent several hours with a KME Engineer to
review every page of the apparatus specifications
for the new ETA-11-1. The group had an opportunity
to use the company’s CAD system to make sure every
aspect of the new apparatus is what was specified
and is in the correct location. The team had the
opportunity to clarify details and the next step
will be a confirmation letter from KME. Upon
approval the truck will be assigned a construction
schedule and the team will visit again when the cab
and body is mounted on the custom built chassis to
review progress and to again confirm details for the
final build. The new apparatus is expected to be
delivered next spring.
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
on E-Learning. The access code is on the Watch
Desk Book in the radio room.
Training Resource Links:
ICS Training Resources
Emergency Response Guidebook Training
Recruiting, cultivating, and retaining the highest quality
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.
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
Developing future leaders in the fire protection and
emergency management community worldwide.
Encouraging innovative, forward-thinking strategies to reach