Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



The February Meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners will be changed from Monday the 12th to Monday the 19th at 7:00pm, station 1.  All meetings are open to the public.


So far winter has been brutally cold.  The weather has resulted in several fatal fires, many motor vehicle accidents and broken water pipes.  To avoid being a fire victim make sure your smoke detectors are working, they are up to date, and you have an escape plan.  Due to the speed at which materials burn today, getting out of the house as quickly as possible especially for the very young and the elderly is a priority.

To avoid being a victim of a motor vehicle accident clean off snow and ice off all windows, heed road conditions and slow down.

To mitigate broken water pipes know where the water shut off is located coming into your home or business.  Tag or mark the water shut off and make sure it works, test it to make sure its actually shutting off the water.  It’s not a bad idea to have a couple of quick push on caps to cap off frozen pipes once they are cut flush, place the end cap on until the pipe can be repaired.  Universal push on caps are available from ½” to 1”.  Water can be easily cleaned up with a shop vac, just remove the filter.  Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

Many EMS calls involve slips and falls on the ice.  An easy home solution is the use of basic cat litter/oil dry/speedie dry and throw it on the icy surfaces to avoid slipping.  Carry some of the same in a closed plastic container in your car trunk for traction or for walking surfaces away from home.

We hope some of these simple suggestions will get you through this winter safely.


Training Minutes


The Art of Reading Smoke


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

YouTube Volunteering Video


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Membership Application



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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



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 2018

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 2018

Chief            -- Zach Zendran

Deputy        -- Bob Wood

Assistant     -- Dave Dunn

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


Administrative Officers for 2018

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Scrom

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

Bringing a team together is a beginning, keeping them together is progress, working together is success.






Congratulations to the newly elected officers who were sworn in at our installation banquet on February 3rd.  To the outgoing officers such as Jamie Herrick, thank you for your years of service.

The fire company welcomes new member Seth Marshall to our ranks, Seth is attends college but will beginning the candidate process during breaks and over the summer.

If you are interested in serving your community in the fire service, please contact us at or stop by on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings – the coffee pot is always on.


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Facility News

Ideas about how to update Station 2 are a topic of conversation.  We realize that the station borders an area of growth, but we are short on staffing.  The station is used by the public for voting, and it’s desirable to separate apparatus storage from public access for reasons of safety.  We also know that the building was originally a 25 year building that’s been used for 44 years, with parts of the building deteriorating.  We also know that the building is not energy efficient and is burning fuel at a high rate to keep it minimally warm.  The discussion will continue until serious planning efforts begin with building professionals.


Apparatus News


The officer’s and commissioners continue to refine the needs for the proposed water rescue support unit.  We have agreed on a basic design and need to turn those ideas into a visual concept.  The water rescue unit will be capable of towing the 4500lb air boat and be capable of carrying all of the water rescue equipment carried by the fire company.  It addition it will be capable of carrying fire police equipment since it will be designed to perform multiple missions.


We train twice weekly to allow those members who may be busy to attend at least once weekly.  Our Saturday drills are normally preceded by breakfast or a quick trip to the new Golden Krust in nearby Mechanicville.   This year’s training includes many scenarios with the mutual aid companies we normally work with.

Stop by and have a cup of coffee with us, we always like talking about our fire company.

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.  Many of these courses have been revised and some new subjects have been added. 

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


FireRescue 1


Firehouse Magazine


Fire Engineering


ICS Training Resources


Emergency Response Guidebook Training

Emergency Response Guidebook 2016




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.