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


Public Hearing

There will be a public hearing on the proposed 2015 fire district budget to be held at 10 Campbell Road at 7pm on the 21st of October.  This yearís tax levy is held to a 1.56% increase by the Tax Cap Law.


Personal Preparedness

 Fire prevention week is coming up and this yearís theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Monthly.   In an average fire, do you know how long it takes for your smoke detector to activate, under ideal conditions less than 30 seconds.        The Arvin Hart Fire Co will try something different this year with community day on Wednesday evening October 15th from 5pm to 8pm.  This does a couple of things, changes the time so as to not take away from residentís weekend and is a regular training night for our members.  We do hope that you would stop by and see us.  Itís very discouraging when our members try to put together a good program and no one cares enough to show up.  After a while we feel that as long as we show up with the big red trucks, no one cares.  Please just stop by for a few minutes at our main station on Campbell at Kellogg Roads.

 If you would like to pay your respects to fallen firefighters, the New York State Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday October 7th at 11:00am at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  Nine names of fire fighters who died in the line of duty will be added to the memorial wall this year for a total of 2,390 names dating back to 1811.

 We have covered this subject before, house numbers.  We responded to a call recently and were unable to find the correct address because the numbers on the mail box were unreadable as were the numbers on the house, the home owner had to walk up the street to find us.  Itís embarrassing to not be able to identify numbers but itís really not our fault.  According to the International Fire Code house numbers should be at least 4Ē high, ĺĒ wide and contrast with the background they are mounted on.  Numbers on the front of a mail box are impossible to read, especially from a fire truck which is higher than the mail box.  Small numbers over the garage door are impossible to read as are numbers that are written in script.  Large numbers under the porch light are a good idea.  The other thing that drives us nuts is no one flags us down, you respond to a call, everyone is outside to see what the commotion is but the residents where the call originated from just stand there.  Please get excited wave your arms, jump up and down and at night wave your flashlight.  Donít worry we wonít have a problem finding your house if itís on fire, we just look for the smoke, but what if itís a CO detector or a medical call where time is of the essence.  I know we are going to have to talk about this forever but please post a number large enough to be seen from space, well maybe just the road.  Help us help you.



Upcoming Events

Oct 4 Fire Police Operations
Oct 5 Fire Prevention Week
Oct 11 Smoke House, County Training Center
Oct 15 Ladder Operations
Oct 25 Live Fire Training, County Training Center
Oct 20 MacBoston Fire Training at the County Training Center
Oct 30 NYS Association of Fire Districts Fall Workshops at Honors Haven
Nov 8 Assoc. of Fire Districts Capital Area Fall Workshop at Boght Corners


October Training Focus

Chimney Fire Operations (control+click to follow link), SAFETY/Chimney Fires New.ppt


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 a sign-up sheet and become a member!  (click the link below to access)


Application & MV 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



News Items

Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2014

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


Line Officers for 2014

Chief            -- Jamie Herrick

Deputy        -- Zach Zendran

Assistant     -- Bob Wood

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- Darren Lesson

                     -- Dave Dunn

Lieut.           -- Tim Collins

                      -- R J Laurenzo

                      -- CJ Brownell


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Bob Okosky


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Jim Woodruff


Administrative Officers for 2014

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Bob Carson


Recording Secretary

                   -- Chris Wright


Business Secretary

                   -- Peter Hughes


Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

Learn to accept rather than expect, and youíll have far fewer disappointments.

Chief Jake




To the Community:  We are losing members and not gaining.  There are lots of reasons for this, but the bottom line is if we donít get Volunteers we will have to supplement our volunteer staffing in some manner, and it will cost the residents more money to do so.  Please consider volunteering.  If you are interested in becoming a new member, email us at .  We are accepting applications for interior firefighters, exterior firefighters and participating social members.



There is no active grant activity at this time.

Facility News

Progress!  The west wall of station 1 has been water sealed by Patenaude Industrial Coatings.  We anticipate that we have put a halt to the water infiltration causing damage to the interior of the wall.  The ceiling at Station 2 has been repaired with the addition of an access panel.  We are close to obtaining prices on the roof at station 4 to stop all the water leaks and damage.

The snow plowing bid was awarded to Specialized Lawn Services the same contractor that is contracted to maintain the grounds.

The fire district will be working with Tech II of Saratoga Springs to install a new phone system to replace the outdated and failing system.  Tech II will also assess the data transfer capabilities and update the backbone at station 1 which is currently outdated and extremely slow.


Apparatus News

The new safety pickup is awaiting the warning lights and siren system to be installed by LaRosa Automotive in Schenectady, all of the parts are on order and pending installation.

The line officers have begun to work on specifications for ETA-111 which will be approximately 21 years old when finally replaced by a new engine.

Two new multigas meters have been placed in service on the apparatus, one on ETA 102 and one on R-103.  Now all of our meters are standardized and all can be calibrated in house.

A new 1500 gallon drop tank has been placed in service on ETA 102, with ETA-102s 2100 gallon tank being placed on ETA-111 to replace a tank that was worn out and dated back to the late 1960s.  All drop tanks now have aluminum frames and are easier to handle by fewer people.



As always fall will be busy training months with sessions scheduled at the County Training Facility, the Capital Area Fire Districts workshop on November 8th with subjects to include railroad safety, a class by the Department of Labor covering fire fighter safety and health, and updates from NFPA on fire service issues.  Training dates are on the webpage calendar and posted to I AM Responding.

Training sessions are held on Saturday mornings at 8 AM and on Wednesdays beginning at 7 PM.

Members have the ability to access free on-line training on the McNeil & Company Web site including EVOC and OSHA modules.  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:

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.