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Burn Ban in Effect

According to Part 215 of Environmental    Conservation Law:

No person shall burn, cause, suffer, allow or permit the burning of any materials in an open fire.

The Exceptions to the law are:

Towns with population less than 20,000; limbs and branches with attached leaves less than 6 in diameter and less than 8 in length may be burned after May 15 until the following March 15.  No burning is allowed between March 15th and May 15th due to the increased fire danger.

Exempted from the regulations are, barbecue grills, maple sugar arches, and similar outdoor cooking devices, as are small fires used for cooking or camp fires provided only charcoal or untreated wood is used and the fire is NOT left unattended.  If unattended, it must be extinguished.

If the fire department responds for what is determined to be an illegal fire, it will be extinguished and reported to DEC for further action.

Outdoor fires in the Town of Stillwater, other than cooking or small camp fires require a permit.  Permits are copied to the fire department.  A camp fire is an outdoor fire less than three feet high, and four foot in length and width or diameter.


Personal Preparedness

If you live in a flood prone or wet area, have water in your basement or live near a lake, river or stream, its the time of year when you have to be concerned.  If you experience repetitive flooding or water infiltration you need take responsibility and be prepared.  Have a sump pump, make sure its operational and certainly have a back up.  Dont rely on the fire department, we have big pumps and can pump water that is deep, not inches of water.  Your sump pump should be plugged into a ground fault protected circuit to prevent electrical shock.  Sump pumps should not be plugged into an extension cord unless it is heavy enough to carry the motor load.  Prior to flood season, test the pump, clean up all debris that will float in the basement area so that the pump does not get clogged.  Long term mitigation is to make sure that all appliances, hot water heaters, furnaces and major electrical equipment is mounted high enough or is on the first floor so that it is not affected by water.  If the fire department is called we will not pump out a basement that is full of water, it may cause pressure on the outside to collapse the basement walls and we will not pump a basement if more water if flowing in than we can pump out, you will have to wait until the water recedes. If sand bags could help keep water out of your home or business, once it starts raining its too late, the bags and sand need to be on hand and available before it starts to flood.



Upcoming Events

Apr 5 Trade Center Memorial Trip
Apr 19 Training Center
May 7 Med Flight Review
May 16 Prom Demonstration


April Training Focus

Brush Fire Operations

How to Kill a Brush Fire

Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Power Point Presentation


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 isnt for everyone, volunteering is 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:

Office of Fire Prevention and Control - Firefighting, Rescue, EMS - Training for Firefighters, Firefighter Jobs, EMS, Rescue - Extrication, HazMat, Paramedic, Tactics & More

Fire Rescue 1

U.S. Fire Administration

NYS Assoc. of Fire chiefs

NYS Assoc. of Fire Districts

Association of Fire Districts of the Capital Area

Saratoga County Fire Service

NOAA's National Weather Service

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

SEMO - NY State Emergency Management Office

NY Alert Home Page

Wearlon Corporation

Groundaerial web site

American Airboats


Stillwater Fire District e-mail login



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

Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories, learning from the past, and realizing people change.

Chief Oreshan




If you see Mike Jones, R J Laurenzo, Paul Macey, George Ody they all have birthdays this month.  If you see Larry Rinaldi tell him happy 97th birthday.

We can always use more members, stop by any Wednesday evening or Saturday morning for an application or write us at .  We could use volunteers for our fire police unit.


There is no active grant activity at this time.

Facility News

Winter is finally over, we hope the grass will be coming up soon and well see a lot of green.  The Board has issued an RFP for the cleaning services at the fire stations, with a number of adjustment.

Repairs pending for the stations include roofing work at Station 4, gutter work at Station 1, and ceiling repairs at Station 2.

Look under legal notices for surplus equipment that has been cleaned out of the storage rooms.

We have been doing some housecleaning:  Look under legal notices for a list of surplus items that are up for bid.  Our high pressure tanks were purchased by Mayfield Fire District and our hose rack was purchased by Melrose Fire District.


Apparatus News

The 1989 Marion, ETA 101 has been listed with FireTec Apparatus Sales and there are a number of interested departments.  The former MR-108 air boat has also been listed with FireTec Apparatus Sales, all mechanical issues have been repaired and is ready for sale.

The Fire District is bidding on a new pickup truck to be used by the fire police and as a general utility vehicle.



An engine company crew performed a number of training evolutions at the training center in Ballston on the 29th with Malta Ridge, Round Lake and Jonesville.

The members will be headed to the Training Center again on the 19th of April to practice basic fire suppression operations, the crew will leave at 8am, right after breakfast at Station 1.

Training sessions are held on Saturday mornings after breakfast and on Wednesdays beginning at 7PM.

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 sessions continue to be held on Saturday morning at 8am and on Wednesday evening at 7pm 

 Other training resources are available at:




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.