Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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

 

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Short Subjects Related to Fire Safety

First order of business is to remind everyone of the annual burn ban that is in effect until May 14 across New York State. 

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.

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Training Minutes

 

Manage to Survive: Traffic Incident Management for First Responders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La20Y31EbhQ

Operating fire pumps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6E1XnMgAZY

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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.

 

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Firefighting isn’t for everyone, volunteering is – there is more to do than what is shown here:

YouTube Volunteering Video

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Download sign-up sheets and become a member!  (Click both links below and fill out)

 

Membership Application

 

 

DMV Disclosure

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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.

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Related Links:

Intellicast Weather Page

NY Fire Fighter’s Cancer Support Network

OFPC

Firehouse.com - 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

NYS -- OEM

NY Alert

American Airboats

Empire Chemical Sales 

KME

Shakerley Truck Sales

Stillwater Fire District e-mail login

 

Cancer Gap Coverage

www.thehartford.com/resources/gb/ny-firefighters

 

 

 

 

Additional Training Resource Links:

 

New Developments in Fire Service Training

http://www.leadingwithattitude.com/slicers-info.html

 

Get on Board with Fire Service Updates Training

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2JcNonr4us&list=PLVJgN15cYpT6J0c7BY2opU7GC71ThgEb0

 

 

 

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

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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

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Administrative Officers for 2019

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas

 

Secretary

                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Murray

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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

 

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Words to Reflect On

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Jim Rohn

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News

 

Personnel

 

We want to congratulate several of our members who have recently completed OFPC training courses:  Leaha Urdang, Sophia Daskalakis, Nick Scaglione, and Danielle Stables.  These candidates had the fortitude and perseverance to stick with it and make it happen and we congratulate them.

 

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.

Let’s keep the momentum going.  Find out how YOU can contribute by emailing us at  recruit@arvinhart.org 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.

Grants

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

A team will be traveling to KME headquarters in Pennsylvania to perform a pre-construction review of the recently bid water rescue support unit.  After the pre-construction meeting the company will commence building the unit and we expect delivery sometime in the fall of 2019.  The chassis for the unit was scheduled for production by Ford Motor Company in early June of 2019.

Training

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:  www.mcneilandcompany.com, 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

www.FASNY.com

www.AFDCA.org

http://www.afdsny.org

www.Nysfirechiefs.com

 

FireRescue 1

http://www.firerescue1.com

 

Firehouse Magazine

http://www.firehouse.com

 

Fire Engineering

http://www.fireengineering.com

 

ICS Training Resources

http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp

 

Emergency Response Guidebook Training

Emergency Response Guidebook 2016

 

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Mission Statement:

 

Service – Trust – Honor –Ethics

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