Stillwater Fire District

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


Election Notice

Fire District Commissioner election will be held between 6 and 9pm on December 9th at Station 1 at 10 Campbell Road.  One commissionerís position will be voted on for a five year term beginning in 2015 and ending in 2020.

The Public Hearing on October 21st for the proposed fire district budget was well attended as in the past.



Personal Preparedness


                Most of us can, reluctantly, endure the occasional brief power outage from a summer thunderstorm.

                But an extended power outage can be a challenge to our dependence on modern appliances and electronic devices, and disaster plans should take power loss into account especially during winter months.  Lengthy power outages can result from many sources, and your disaster plans may change with the seasons:

         weight of snow or ice downing lines in the winter

         branches falling on wires during spring or summer storms

         utility-driven blackouts or brownouts at any time of year

                The Federal Emergency Management Agency describes steps for preparing, responding and recovering from power outages, including conservation measures for areas subject to widespread utility brownouts or blackouts at

Reminder: To prevent damage to electrical appliances as a result of power surges when power is restored, unplug any non-essential electrical appliances.  Donít wander outside, downed power lines may look harmless but they will kill in a heartbeat.

               Your familyís medical needs should top your emergency plan:

         Prescriptions   Most refrigerated medicines will be fine for a few hours in the refrigerator, according to the website.  After a longer outage, medications may lose their effectiveness.  The Food and Drug Administration provides advice on medication safety following power outages.

         Powered medical equipment   You may need a backup battery system for essential medical devices. The Food and Drug Administration offers tips for creating a personal emergency file for people who rely on electrically powered medical devices.  Some communities or utilities have registration programs that place priority on restoring power to homes where medical equipment is in use. Check with your local power provider.



Upcoming Events

Nov 8 Assoc. of Fire Districts Capital Area Fall Workshop at Boght Corners
Dec 6 Childrenís Community Christmas Party


November Training Focus

New Strategies for Flashover Prevention


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

The strongest people arenít always the people who win, but the people who donít give up when they lose.

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.

If you see Dan Patenaude, he is having a birthday on November 30th.



There is no active grant activity at this time.

Facility News

Our IT infrastructure is improving.  We have new cables, amplifier and modem from Time Warner, which was very outdated.  Our WiFi modems have been reprogrammed and new passwords installed.  All we are waiting for now is increased speed from Time Warner, which has been much more complicated than it should be.

A new roof is finally going on Station 4, no more leaks, no more ceiling stains.

Thanks to the members who spent a Saturday morning putting away the fire prevention material and also cleaning out the storage cage at Station 1.  While itís not training, it still needs to be done.   We accumulate so much out-of-date junk, we need to clean out every so often.  Thanks for your help.

The pavilion is pretty much buttoned up for the winter, in anticipation of next spring.


Apparatus News


New M-11-4 has been delivered to LaRosa Automotive in Rotterdam for the installation of warning devices and associated equipment.  The only thing left is to install the radios and portable chargers when it returns.



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.