Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Personal Preparedness


                Most of us can, reluctantly, endure the occasional brief power outage from a summer thunderstorm.

                But an extended power outage can be a challenge to our dependence on modern appliances and electronic devices, and disaster plans should take power loss into account especially during winter months.  Lengthy power outages can result from many sources, and your disaster plans may change with the seasons:

         weight of snow or ice downing lines in the winter

         branches falling on wires during spring or summer storms

         utility-driven blackouts or brownouts at any time of year

                The Federal Emergency Management Agency describes steps for preparing, responding and recovering from power outages, including conservation measures for areas subject to widespread utility brownouts or blackouts at

Reminder: To prevent damage to electrical appliances as a result of power surges when power is restored, unplug any non-essential electrical appliances.  Donít wander outside, downed power lines may look harmless but they will kill in a heartbeat.

               Your familyís medical needs should top your emergency plan:

         Prescriptions   Most refrigerated medicines will be fine for a few hours in the refrigerator, according to the website.  After a longer outage, medications may lose their effectiveness.  The Food and Drug Administration provides advice on medication safety following power outages.

         Powered medical equipment   You may need a backup battery system for essential medical devices. The Food and Drug Administration offers tips for creating a personal emergency file for people who rely on electrically powered medical devices.  Some communities or utilities have registration programs that place priority on restoring power to homes where medical equipment is in use. Check with your local power provider.



Upcoming Events

Dec 6 Issues of United Concern Forum Desmond Hotel
Dec 6 Childrenís Community Christmas Party
Dec 9 Commissioner Elections
Jan 12 Fire District Reorganizational Meeting


December Training Focus

Building Construction for the Fire Service



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


Membership Application



DMV 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


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

Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people.

Chief Jake





We are sorry to lose Mike Jones, we wish you all the best and you are always welcome back.  We welcome Justin Ruggerio into the department as a new member and welcome back John Bellard who recently moved back into the area.  Birthdays in the month of December include Tom Rinaldi Sr., Louis Kusalonis, Brian Sabourin, and Ed Sabourin.  Congratulations to Chris Stewart for graduating from the Utica Training Academy as a City of Saratoga firefighter.

To the Community:  We are losing members and not gaining.  There are lots of reasons for this, but the bottom line is if we donít get Volunteers we will have to supplement our volunteer staffing in some manner, and it will cost the residents more money to do so.  Please consider volunteering.  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.

If you see Dan Patenaude, he is having a birthday on November 30th.


The GlobalFoundries-Stillwater Foundation grant has a closing date of 2/28/15.

Facility News

The IT infrastructure at the main station continues to improve with faster internet access and with the resetting of the wifi modems.

The new roof has been applied to station 4 and is accompanied by a multi year warranty from the manufacturer of the roofing.

The pavilion is closed for the season.

The stations have been removed from the parking lot for snow removal, do not enter the parking lot from the east as other responders may be pulling in from the west during a call.


Apparatus News


M-114 has been placed in service at Station 3.  This was a multi provider project, the truck was purchased on bid from Jack Byrne Ford, the graphics were applied by Vital Signs in Cohoes, the radios were installed by Pittsfield Communications and the lights and accessories were installed by LaRosa Automotive in Schenectady.  The unit carries fire police equipment but may serve other purposes as needed.  U-112 is at Station 1, U-113 is at Station 2 with the boat and F-107 is at Station 4, all units can be used as fire police support and traffic control units.



With the cold months ahead, training will focus on subjects that can be covered in the classroom.  Members are reminded that the annual 8 hour OSHA refresher courses are available on line at the McNeil & Company Web site including EVOC and OSHA modules. 

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

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.