Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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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


Fire Extinguisher Training

Home Sprinkler Systems


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


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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

Don’t be afraid of the answers.  Be afraid of not asking the questions.

Jennifer Hudson







Congratulations to Capt Rick Hopeck, firefighters Nate Paquin, Dan Dunn, Sophia Daskalakis, and John Bellard for completing the challenging Swift Water Rescue Training at the State’s new water training facility in Oriskany, NY.  It’s a bruising, tough and challenging course, but they toughed it out for training that will be valuable in the future.

Most of our volunteers have completed their annual OSHA mandated physicals and those who are interior firefighters completed their SCBA fit tests.  Those who did not complete their physicals during the scheduled evening accommodation will schedule their physicals individually.


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 Firefighter Grants (AFG).  This year we will be working to obtain grant funding to replace our soon to be out of compliance SCBA air cylinders.  The cost to replace all 54 of our cylinders will be in excess of $65,000.  The opening of the grant submission period will be sometime late summer, early fall.

We have recently learned that to run internet cabling to station 3 by Spectrum/Charter Communications would be an unbudgeted cost of $40,000 with Charter Communication picking up $10,000 of that cost, leaving the taxpayers to pay for the remaining.  We will make every attempt to obtain grant funding to defray the cost.

Facility News

Plans continue to move forward to replace the fire station on Route 423.  We have been meeting with architects monthly, have completed geotechnical borings and a perk test for the new septic system has been completed by our engineering firm.  Plans are being firmed up and we hope to break ground in the spring of 2020.  Station 3 is 45 years old and is so poorly insulated that we are having a tough time heating it in the winter.  The original estimated life of the building was 25 years.  Soon we will be scheduling public meetings to review the plans.


Apparatus News

Three commissioners traveled to KME in Pennsylvania for the pre-construction meeting for the new water rescue unit.  We are still working on the final details so that they can begin construction of the unit.  The Ford Chassis will soon be on the assembly line and is expected in early August.  Completion by late year or early next year is expected.


Many of our members spent the good portion of a Saturday Training session participating in our emergency vehicle operations course.  The course is set up in Riverside and with the help of DeCrescente Distributing who provides a large parking lot where we are able to set up the driver training course.  The goal of the course is to learn how to safely maneuver large fire apparatus and to run over as few traffic cones as possible.

The fire company continues to train twice a week, on Wednesday evening and Saturday mornings.  One of the benefits of the Saturday morning training is that breakfast is served in the fire station before the training begins at 8am.  Training is listed in the Calendar section of this web site.

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