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Personal Preparedness

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

  • To prepare, build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Remove rotted or dead tree branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a storm.

  • Postpone outdoor activities especially on the water.

  • Secure outdoor objects and could blow away or cause damage.

  • Get inside a home, building or hard top auto, you are much safer inside.

  • Nothing you are wearing will protect you from lightening, get inside.

  • Close windows, blinds or curtains.

  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment before the storm arrives.

  • If you can hear thunder, lightning is present and can cause injury.



Upcoming Events

Aug 17 Bennington Vt Parade
Aug 18-22 FASNY Convention Desmond Hotel
Aug 22 Cook Out and Sean Lyons
Sept 12 Cook Out and Switch Point
June 2015 FIRE 2015 Turning Stone -- Jun 17 - 20
Oct Nov NYS Fire Dist. Fall Educ. Conf. Ė Honors Haven
Nov 8 Capital Area Dist. Educ. Conf.-West Crescent


August Training Focus

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Material Awareness

Introduction to the Globally Harmonized System of Hazardous Materials


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

Live your life for you not for anyone else. Donít let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself.

by Oreshan the Wise




Congratulations to Jaclyn Jones, she has moved up from Participating Social Member to an Exterior Fire Fighter, welcome aboard.

 If you see Paul Okosky, Calvin Koval wish them a happy birthday this month.  Happy Birthday to past member Darren Lesson, hope youíre enjoying South Carolina.

 A lot of planning went into the 60th Anniversary Picnic we had last month.  Planning for the party was done by busy people who have other things to do, so they do the best they can.  Now as the additional ideas come out its really too late, perhaps for our installation banquet in January of 15.  If you have ideas please write them down or attend one of the Planning Committee meetings, but also be ready to lend a hand to be part of the solution.  We can always do better so why not give it a try.  We celebrated our 60th year with a simple picnic had great food, beverages, nice T-Shirts reminding us of where came from and where we are today.  Be happy with the progress and hard work of many over 60 years to be where we are today.  Happy birthday Arvin Hart Fire Co, and many more to come.  We are glad we shared our day with our friends from Round Lake Hose Co, Hillcrest, and Quaker Springs.

 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.



There is no active grant activity at this time.

Facility News

There are several outstanding projects that need attention, station 4 roof, station 2 roof/ceiling, station 4 rest room, station 1 water infiltration and tree trimming.

Bids for snow plowing will be developed and will be due in September.


Apparatus News

The new pickup truck has arrived and we are busy outfitting the unit with graphics, radios and emergency warning lights.  As soon as all the work has been completed the unit will be placed in service with the primary mission of traffic control.



The concentration for the month of July will be on fire ground operations and crews will review operational tasks, job descriptions and hands on operations.

At the upcoming FASNY Convention at the Desmond Hotel in August there will be a number of training opportunities.  The hands on training deadline is July 15th and will include Calling the Mayday or Bail Out Systems both held at the Colonie Training Center on August 20th.  On Thursday August 21st class room training during the convention will include Firefighter Safety at Roadway Incidents, Recruiting, Motivating and Retaining the Younger Generations and Observations from 30,000 feet Modern Challenges and Opportunities for the Fire Service, Mayday for Mental Health, and Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone. Go to for more information.

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.