Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




Safety Tips for the Use of Portable Generators

As we move quickly through autumn and into winter, there is always a risk of an ice storm.  While we have read a number of scenarios for what winter will bring to the northeast and in particular the Saratoga/Lake George region this winter, we should always be prepared for ice storms in the forecast.  With the influence of the Pacific El Niño our temperatures are often warmer than normal which increases the possibility of ice storms.  Ice storms occur when the overriding moisture layer is warmer than the ground level temperatures and as the rain falls through the colder ground layer it sticks on the colder hard surfaces.  Most power lines and trees can tolerate ice accretions up to ¾” after that, things begin to go downhill.  Branches begin to fail and when they do they bring down power lines.  Once over 2” of ice accretion the power lines begin to fail due to the tremendous weight.  During the storm of 1998 some areas had accretions of 6+”.  Realize that homeowners are responsible for power lines from the weather head on the house to the distribution panel.  The power company is responsible for the lines from the pole to the weather head.  If wires are pulled of your home, you need to contact an electrician for the repairs before the utility will reattach the power from the pole.  Do you have the number of an area electrician handy; during an ice storm they will be very busy.  When the utilities restore power after a storm they restore the transmission lines first, then the secondary distribution system out in the street and only then will they reattach homes.  It could be several days before you have power reattached.

The dangers of ice storms are obvious, injuries and fatalities are caused by slick highways, falling branches, electrocution, and slips and falls.  The best thing to do is throw another log on the fire and hunker down with your trusty generator.  But don’t become a victim of carbon monoxide due to generator exhaust.  Now is the time to make sure your generator is starting properly, we recommend non-ethanol fuel and the following tips if you do use a portable generator:

  • Never use a generator inside your home or an attached garage, point the exhaust away from an enclosed area. Generators produce carbon monoxide, a deadly colorless, odorless gas.

  • Make sure your generator is properly grounded to avoid electrical shocks. Check the generator owner’s manual for correct grounding information.

  • Keep children and pets away from your generator and use caution working around it. Generator parts quickly heat up and can burn you severely during operation. Stay away from the muffler and any other hot areas.

  • Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s directions for safe operation. Read the owner’s manual each time you prepare to operate your generator.

  • A heavy-duty well insulated power cord rated for outdoor use and capable of handling the anticipated electrical load should be used for this purpose. Electrical devices can then be connected to the power cord.

  • Gasoline should be stored in approved, safety containers with a container closure system up to current safety standards. Don’t store gasoline in any shed or garage where there is a fuel-burning appliance. Gasoline vapor can be ignited by a pilot light or other source of flame or spark.

  • Extinguish all flames or cigarettes when handling gasoline or the generator.

  • Always shut off the generator before refueling

  • Turn off and disconnect all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down to reduce the load and possible electrical surge damage.

  • Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located nearby.



Upcoming Events

Nov 4 ICS 200 final class
Nov 7 Training Center
Nov 29 Toys for Tots Convoy 9am
Dec 2 Gas Meters
Dec 5 Santa at Station 1
Jan 16 Annual Banquet Hall of Springs


November Training Focus

Hose Placement Operations

Principles of Modern Fire Attack – SLICE-RS Overview

Firefighters Like You


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.



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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

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


Commissioners and Officers

Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2015

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 2015

Chief            -- Jamie Herrick

Deputy        -- Zach Zendran

Assistant     -- Bob Wood

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- Dave Dunn

Lieut.           -- Chris Stewart

                      -- Brian Sabourin

                      -- CJ Brownell


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Bob Okosky


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Jim Woodruff


Administrative Officers for 2015

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright


Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

Trustees   -- Dave Duquette, Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Ed Sabourin, and Tim Collins




Words to Reflect On

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” 
― Edward R, Murrow





While it hasn’t been on the front page of the newspaper a group of our firefighters have spent several of their days recently reminding students and teachers the importance of fire prevention, a small contribution to keep our families safe in their homes.  We thank these members for giving of their time to keep others safe; It’s what the fire service is all about.

 Unfortunately everyone can’t respond to every alarm, so we still need members.

  There is plenty to do as a volunteer including interior firefighters, exterior support firefighters and fire police.  If you are interested stop by on any Wednesday evening, Saturday mornings or email us at  Applications are on this web page, center section.


There is no grant activity at this time.

Facility News

The Riverside pavilion has been closed for the winter and will again be available next spring.

The Board continues to discuss what action should be taken with Station 3 on Route 423.  The station needs work, updating, better energy efficiency and improved physical layout when used as a voting facility.  The station was intended as a 25 year building and was completed in the mid 1970’s.


Apparatus News

The specifications for the replacement for ETA-111 which was purchased in 1995 have been completed by the planning committee and approved by the Board of Fire Commissioners for the bidding process.  The performance specifications will be released after the November Board meeting to be held November 9th.  Potential bidders will have 60 days to prepare bid documents.  The bid specifications will be opened in January 2016.  The apparatus purchase committee composed of the commissioners and chief officers will take 30 days to evaluate all of the bids and will make a recommendation to the Board for purchase at the February 2016 meeting after which the Board will award the bid.  We expect the apparatus to be delivered in the Spring of 2017.



The members continue to train two days at least two days a week, Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.

Members have the ability to access free on-line training on the web.

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:

Local Training


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.