Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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Stillwater Fire District/Arvin Hart Fire Company

Operational Policy Protocols

In Response to the:2020 Covid 19 State of Emergency

We are all aware that this newest challenge is of unprecedented nature! We are all grappling with uncertainty and what we can do to help and or prevent the spread of this virus to fellow volunteer firefighters or to those who summon us to help.

We all need to be calm, prudent, compassionate, and caring towards our members and public.  One of the things we need to do is be vigilant and steady.

Out of an abundance of caution, all fire company training sessions, monthly meetings, officers’ meetings, committee meetings, Saturday breakfasts, and social activities are being cancelled by orders of the Chief until further notice.

We are requesting that the Chiefs have liberal purchasing capability to allow any unforeseen circumstances which may occur at this time of uncertainty.  The company treasurer shall have the ability to pay all bills promptly without the normal approval at a company meeting, but all purchases related to this unusual response will be documented on a company warrant to be reviewed and discussed when a monthly meeting is safe to conduct.

Recommendations of the Arvin Hart Fire Company Chiefs:

If you are not feeling well stay home!

Return to firematic duties when you feel better.

If you normally respond to station 1, 2, or 4 – respond to incidents to those stations, but do not visit other stations.

When an incident is complete, the apparatus, equipment used, your PPE and the station will be disinfected if there is the possibility that we had contact with a person with the virus. Continue the suggested protocols from the CDC and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.  Decon protocols will be available and posted in the fire stations.

After calls, immediately leave the station in preparation for the next incident and wash your hands.

If you or any member of your family become quarantined or test positive for the corona virus, notify a chief officer at your earliest possible convenience.

At an incident which requires minimal fire company response personnel (for example: Carbon Monoxide, propane leak, methane detector, EMS assist) limit exposure to others with as few staff as necessary:

  1. Prior to entering. Ask “Is anyone feeling ill in the home?” If the answer is yes; notify the incident commander immediately.

  2. If illness is present. Full PPE including SCBA shall be worn to limit exposure.  Saratoga County Public Health suggests bagging exposed gear for 3 days, and then run it through a gear washing extractor.

  3. Limit 1 firefighter into a dwelling, unless firefighter safety is a concern.  If more assistance is required and safe to do-notify the incident commander via radio and request the specific resources required.

  4. Upon arrival, remain on the apparatus-unless ordered otherwise by the incident commander.

If you believe you were exposed to Covid 19 while on a fireground, notify the incident commander immediately.  A utility vehicle will be summoned for you for your transportation needs to limit exposure to other firefighters.  Fill out the appropriate VFBL worker’s comp incident form for an exposure.

If any firefighter has any questions, concerns, comments, input, or recommendations about our duties and responsibilities to provide fire protection to our residents during this difficult time.  Contact any Chief or Officer of the Arvin Hart Fire Company.


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:

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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 2020

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 2020

Chief            -- Bob Wood

Deputy        -- Dave Dunn

Assistant     -- Zach Zendran

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- CJ Brownell

Lieut.           -- Jason Urdang

                      -- John Ballard

                      -- Tim Collins


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Paul Macey


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Bill Valosin


Administrative Officers for 2020

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

Please protect yourself, stay home and stay well.







To protect our most important resource, our members, both the fire company and district have taken measures to protect them and the public during this viral outbreak.


All meetings and training sessions have been cancelled so as to not communicate this virus to us, to our families, or to members of the public.  We will continue on this course until we receive advice from the County, State and the CDC.




The Assistance to Firefighters federal grant has been submitted to FEMA for evaluation.  The grant was submitted for more than $200,000 to help defray the cost of new SCBA equipment.  Our equipment will be 15 years old this year and the cylinders will no longer comply with the NFPA standards.  The air packs themselves were manufactured to a standard that was written in 2007 and three new standards have been developed since then, the latest being in 2018.  It’s unknown when the grants will be awarded, the 2018 grants were finally awarded at the end of 2019.

Facility News

The reconstruction of Station 3 is in full swing.  The footings, foundations, steel framework, septic system, propane storage tanks, oil/water separator, lower block wall and floor drains are all in place.  All of the underground electrical and plumbing has been completed.  Materials for the roof are on site and will soon begin.  The pouring of the floor is expected soon.  The next step is to begin enclosure of the building.  The fire district will be closing on the construction bonds and has procured a very attractive borrowing rate for this project.

The pavilion at Station 4 will continue to be closed until the social distancing mandates by executive order have been eased.


Apparatus News

Our new water rescue support unit is in the process of final engineering prior to building the body.  Of course many of the engineers who work on these units are working from home at this time.  There have been a few questions related to the final engineering prior to build.  We still anticipate delivery late summer of this year.


As mentioned, all training has been temporarily suspended due to COVID19.  On line courses are available from some sources particularly ESIP Insurance, consult and register on their website at:

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