Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Communicating with the Community

It’s going to be summer soon and the activities on the lake will resume in full swing.  We’ll see what kind of summer it is as we endure the fits and starts of late spring when Mother Nature can’t decide what kind of weather to dish out.

The members of your local volunteer fire departments who respond on the lake want you to take a moment to remind you to be safe this summer.  We respond for emergencies any time of the day or night but we would rather not respond at all.  The local volunteer fire departments who respond to the lake are Arvin Hart Fire Co, Quaker Springs Fire Department, Malta Ridge Fire Department and Round Lake Hose Company.  The City of Saratoga Springs Fire Department which is a career fully paid department will also respond as needed.  EMS Agencies who respond to calls at the lake include; Stillwater/Malta EMS, General Schuyler EMS and the City of Saratoga Springs Fire & EMS.  Police agencies available are the Stillwater PD, State Police, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Dept., State Park Police, ENCON Police, and the City of Saratoga Springs.

Operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness, and speeding are the four leading causes of tragic watercraft crashes and the leading cause of death is drowning.  It only takes a moment to don personal floatation devices which can save the lives of your passengers and you.

Crash statistics indicate boaters who wear life jackets and take boater safety courses are most likely to stay safe on New York’s waters.

Follow these basic safety tips and enjoy our local lakes and rivers with family and friends.



Upcoming Events

May 4 Fire Service Govt Affairs Day – Albany
May 12 Stillwater High School Extrication Drill
May 27 Memorial Day Parade
Jun 15 Fire Expo 2016 – Turning Stone
Jun 18 Hudson Valley FA Parade – Lake George
Jun 25 Eagle Matt Lee Anniversary Parade – Ballston Spa



May Training Minute


Training Focus of the Month

Sterling F4 Bail out system

Paratech Struts Stabilization


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 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

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 Hagadorn Jr. 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.

                      -- Bob Hagadorn Jr.


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Paul Macey


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

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
― John F. Kennedy





If you see the following members in May, wish them a happy birthday; the 23rd Bob Carson, the 4th Bill Ritter, the 31st Tiffani Scrom and Chris Wright and the 18th Vanessa Wood.

The Arvin Hart Fire Company is always looking for new members.  There are a number of ways you can serve your community, as an interior firefighter, as an exterior firefighter and as a member of the Fire Police squad.  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 facility committee is working with NYSERDA to perform an energy audit of the District’s buildings to obtain low cost funding for conversion to more energy efficient lighting.

Annual flow testing of all of the SCBAs as well as air quality testing has been completed and all systems are compliant with breathing air standards.

The contract award for the painting of Station 2 has been made, the painting and an epoxy floor will be applied in May.  It is also our understanding that the Town has awarded contracts for the water tower that will be built at Station 2 along with the installation of water to the fire station which will allow the District to do away with well water on the site.

In evaluating station 3 for replacement, the fire district must first perform a survey of the property.


Apparatus News

The next step in procuring our new Engine Tanker to replace the 1995 ETA is to meet with the sales engineering staff in Nesquehoning Pennsylvania at the KME factory facility.  At least two members of the purchasing committee will travel to PA to complete a review of the specifications and to make sure all details are covered prior to the beginning of construction.  At some time in the future the team will again travel to PA to review the construction when the body is joined to the cab and chassis.  The expected delivery of the new Engine Tanker will be Spring of 2017.


The annual physicals have been completed and the interior members have been issued new self rescue equipment.  The interior members also performed bail out training at the Air National Guard Base in Scotia.  We thank the Air Guard Base for their help and hospitality.  Everyone successfully performed their bail out evolutions with no injuries.

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.