Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Support Arvin Hart Fire Company

The annual fund drive is in full swing.  The volunteer members of the fire company appreciate your continued support.  If you haven’t sent a donation you can mail it to Arvin Hart Fire Company, PO Bx 288, Stillwater NY 12170 – Thank You!!

When you shop Amazon, start with Amazon Smile at and you will be supporting your local fire company.  Amazon donates to the charitable organization of your choice.  The Arvin Hart Fire Company has registered with Amazon to take advantage of this program.  Shop on Amazon by starting with Smile and choose Arvin Hart Fire Company.  It doesn’t cost you anything and the pennies add up.  Thank you.


Short Subjects Related to Fire Safety

Look Before You Lock

It has been very disturbing that a number of children have died due to being left in hot vehicles.  Please put a reminder in the front seat as a memory aid  – “Look Before You Lock” and never leave a child unattended at ANY temperature.  As first responders, if we see a child in a hot vehicle we will take immediate action to rescue them!!!

Summer Safety Tips

As summer heats up and we enjoy summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the fourth of July, keep safety in mind and incorporate it every chance you get.  We want you to enjoy the summer; healthy and safe.   Here are some tips to remember:

  • Build campfires at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs and anything that can burn.

  • If you want to see fireworks, we strongly suggest a public show conducted by professionals.  Sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees and cause serious burns.

  • Use propane and charcoal grills outdoors only.  Indoor use can cause a fire and will create deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Place your grill well away from siding, decking and deck railings, and out from under eaves or overhanging branches.  Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony and make sure it’s completely cool before storing.

  • Use chimneys, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits outside only and at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn.

  • Never swim near a boating marina or boat launching ramp.

  • Always use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life safety vest while on the water.

  • Adults need to stay with children when they are around the water.

  • Keep the pool deck clear of floats, balls and toys after you get out of the pool – it makes it harder to see if anyone is in the pool.

  • Never swim alone.

  • Always wear a bike helmet and bright clothes when cycling so you can be seen.

  • If walking along the highway at night, wear some type of reflective clothing or vest so that you can be seen, drivers may be blinded by oncoming vehicles and unable to see you.

  • Ride in a single file with the traffic and obey traffic devices.

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays. But along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms – especially during July.

In 2017, at least eight people died and about 12,900 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, thousands were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.

More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Each year, fireworks cause on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires resulting in thousands of injuries.

We advise everyone to stay away from all consumer fireworks and to only enjoy fireworks at a public display conducted by professionals.  As we all know fireworks are legal in many areas of the state but since being made legal have caused serious fires and injuries to both children and adults.

Your local firefighters and EMS first responders what you to enjoy summer and if you’re safe they will be safe also.



Training Minutes


Wires-Tires-Fires: Basic Vehicle Stabilization

Great Size Up Tool for MVCs.


Reality Training: Community Outreach

Makes great argument for community outreach


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 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

NY Fire Fighter’s 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


Cancer Gap Coverage





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 2019

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 2019

Chief            -- Bob Wood

Deputy        -- Dave Dunn

Assistant     -- Zach Zendran

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 2019

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Murray

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

It’s amazing how much people get done if they don’t worry about who gets the credit.

Swahili Proverb








Recruitment and retention of new volunteer first responders is always important and although right now we have several new, young members we always have members who are on the cusp of aging out and transitioning to less stressful positions.  A volunteer fire company is always in a state of flux with new members coming and older members going.  It’s what makes it interesting and diverse.  The ranks of the volunteer fire service continue to shrink locally and nationally.  As they do, the burden of cost will be borne by the taxpayers as the need for paid staff to supplement volunteer’s increases.

The one thing you can do is volunteer in your community, many hands makes light work and keeps your taxes lower.  Let’s keep the momentum going.

Find out how YOU can contribute by emailing us at or better yet stop by the main station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning and talk with an officer.  Applications are also available on this web site.


We are currently working on our narrative for the upcoming federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants and were going to submit for $65,000 to replace our SCBA cylinders which will be out of date in 2020.  Instead we are going to submit for $265,000 to replace our entire inventory of SCBAs including harness assemblies, cylinders, masks and rapid intervention rescue unit.  We decided this because not only are our cylinders going to be out of compliance, but the rest of the air pack assemblies are three NFPA standard updates removed from the original purchase date in 2005.  The latest NFPA 1852 Standard on the selection, care, and maintenance of SCBA is 2019, our units were manufactured under the 2003 standard.

We are also still looking for grant support to install broadband cabling to station 3 and to replace the messaging sign in front of station 1 on Campbell Road.

Facility News

We have been working with a planning group for several months on a new fire station to replace the 44 year old sub-station on State Route 423. The building was built in the mid-70s and was intended to be a 25 year life facility – 44 years later here we are.  One of the watershed moments that highlighted the need for a new building is in the winter of 2017 we couldn’t keep the building above freezing and had to move the pumper to another station to keep it from freezing.

The fire district has been working with the architectural firm Balzer & Tuck from Saratoga Springs on the design and construction of a new building.  The building is a modest 60’ X 60’ building with two full back in bays and one half-bay, a common area, bathrooms, utilities and storage built on the same site but located further back from the road than the current building.

The cost has been estimated to be $1.7M to build and part of the reason for the cost is that as a government agency, such as the fire district is mandated to adhere to the bidding process laid out in regulations by the NYS Comptroller’s Office and we have to pay prevailing wage rates as mandated by the NYS Department of Labor.  The best news for fire district residents is it will not affect the fire tax rates.  There will be a public hearing at the station in September to answer any concerns or questions and a public vote on securing bonding for the construction will take place in October.


Apparatus News

The modifications resulting from the pre-construction meeting with KME have been approved and returned.  At this time we are waiting for the chassis to be produced by Ford and has been high demand for the F-550 chassis which is scheduled to be built in September.  A completion date for the light duty water rescue support unit is likely in the first quarter of 2020.


During the month of August, Saturday training sessions have been suspended and will resume again in September.  Attendance is traditionally low on Saturdays in August with summer activities in full force. 

Wednesday training sessions will continue during August.

Most of the members participated in the State Mandated Sexual Harassment training on July 17th.  The training was provided by Capital EAP an employee assistance program which the fire district prescribes to on an annual basis.  The few members who were unable to attend can make up the training by participating in webinars given by Capital EAP or may take an web based version of the produced by our insurance provider, ESIP/McNeil Insurance which offers several on-line courses for fire departments.

Members have the ability to access free on-line training from the parent company of ESIP insurance on the web.  To access, go online at:, click on E-Learning.  The access code is in the Watch Desk Book located in the radio room at Station 1.  Many of these courses have been revised and some new subjects have been added. 

At the County Training Center

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


FireRescue 1


Firehouse Magazine


Fire Engineering


ICS Training Resources


Emergency Response Guidebook Training

Emergency Response Guidebook 2016




Mission Statement:


Service – Trust – Honor –Ethics