Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




Sparkling Device Sales and Use


                    There is a misnomer to the labeling of this recently passed local law as the “sparkler bill”. It is being misconstrued as a consumer-friendly piece that would only allow these sparklers to be sold during limited time periods. The new law, which has been adopted by Saratoga County limits the sale of these fireworks to the time periods of June 1st through July 5th and December 26th through January 2nd of each calendar year.

            Statistics show that sparklers and novelty devices are not without danger. Nationwide, 34 percent of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2011 were attributed to sparklers and other novelty devices authorized under this legislation. Out of the 8,600 injuries that were caused by fireworks in the country in 2010, 1,200 of them came after the use of sparklers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency. Sparklers typically burn at a temperature between 1,000 and 1,800 degrees. There has already been one house destroyed in Kingsbury, Washington County due to the careless disposal of these fireworks.

            Recent changes to New York State law have legalized small fireworks in areas (outside New York City). Chapter 477 of the Laws of 2014 provided counties in New York State with the ability to allow for certain fireworks to be excluded from the definition of dangerous fireworks.

                    Since local governments have the responsibility to issue permits for these type of fireworks, when considering the implantation of this local law, local governments should keep in mind the impact on the safety of children and the entire community. Serious injuries associated with these types of fireworks have been well documented.

                    In addition, any local law permitting the use of these types of fireworks could create serious consequences on the safety of our communities, as well as our volunteer firefighters. Although the fire service was not successful in lobbying against local legislation allowing for these “novelty” devices we will be dealing with the consequences and urge all residents to exercise an abundance of caution in using these devices and to dispose of them in a metal container stored outside any structure.



Upcoming Events

August Vehicle Extrication Month
Aug 2 Turning Point Parade, Schuylerville
Aug 16 Bennington Parade
Sept 12 Rock City Falls 75th Anniversary Parade
Sept 26 Stillwater 150th Anniversary Parade


July Training Focus

Hydrant Caps on Too Tight?

                Sometimes it’s not the missing caps that are a problem, it’s that the cap is on so tight that a normal human being has a hard time removing it. Hydrant caps must be tightened enough so that they can’t be taken off and sold for scrap, but not so tight that it takes the entire crew to get them off.

                But we’re not always the last ones to put the cap back on, so we need to be prepared for extra-tight caps. Carry a short section of pipe (two to three feet), just big enough to slide over the handle of your hydrant wrench, making the handle longer and giving you some mechanical advantage. In my part of the world, we call that a “cheater pipe,” but I’m sure you may have another name for it. One note of caution: When attempting to open the hydrant with a cheater pipe, you can create a lot of force that can break the stem or valve if you’re not careful.  

                One other note about caps: Before you open the hydrant, make sure you tighten the caps on the unused hydrant discharge ports. Whoever used it last may not have tightened them down completely; when the hydrant is charged, these caps can become projectiles that can take you out at the knees, damage apparatus or hit bystanders on a busy street. Check before you charge the hydrant!


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 2015

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 2015

Chief            -- Jamie Herrick

Deputy        -- Zach Zendran

Assistant     -- Bob Wood

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- Dave Dunn

Lieut.           -- Chris Stewart

                      -- Brian Sabourin

                      -- CJ Brownell


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Bob Okosky


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Jim Woodruff


Administrative Officers for 2015

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright


Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.






Congratulations to Justin Ruggiero for completing FF 1 course.  We also want to welcome our newest members Vanessa Wood and Nicholas Ahern.

To the residents of the Town, we are seriously in need of additional members.  We have lost some good members to paid departments, a couple have moved away, and we aren’t getting any younger.  If you want to serve your community, keep your taxes down, and enjoy a good challenge, we have the job for you.  We need interior firefighters, exterior firefighters, and fire police.  Give us a try.  Email us at  No one attended our RecruitNY Open House on April 25th

Applications are on this web page, we are at the stations on Saturday mornings and on Wednesday evenings or mail to President Laurenzo at P. O. Box 288, Stillwater, NY 12170.

If you see the following people in June, they are having a birthday this month; Jamie Herrick, Lisa Laurenzo, and Ed Martin.

During the month of July the following members are having a birthday; Tim Collins the 24th, Mike Handerhan the 29th, and Ken Medina the 28th.


We have been awarded a grant by the Global Foundries – Stillwater Foundation for $2,500 to be used toward an electronic signboard in front station #1 on Kellogg Road.  The Fire District and Fire Company will need to decide on matching funds to reach our goal.

Facility News

The Board continues to explore options on the rehabilitation of Station 2, which was built in the mid 1970’s.


Apparatus News


Our brush truck is currently out of service to rebuild the pump on the unit.


A committee is being convened to determine the needs of the district as a first step to replace the 1995 ETA currently running out of Station #2.



The in-house Basic Firefighter Operations course has been completed by exterior fire fighters Jaclyn Thomas, Paul Macey and Bill Valosin.  Our hats off to Lt. Stewart for facilitating that course.

Training sessions are held on Saturday mornings at 8 AM and on Wednesday’s beginning at 7 PM. 

Jason Urdang conducted an EVOC course recently for 19 members of the fire company.  We want to thank DeCrescente Distributing for the use of their parking lot.  The road cones were not permanently harmed in the conduct of this course.

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.

In the near future an ICS 200 course will be held for company members.

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.