Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Winter Fire Safety Tips

Now that winter weather has descended upon upstate New York we are beginning to see an uptick in structure fires.  This is especially disturbing around the holiday season.  We donít want anyone to go through the agony of having a fire at any time, especially during the holidays.

Make sure your smoke alarms and CO detectors are operational and that everyone can hear them.  When sleeping, close the doors it will slow down the spread of deadly fire related smoke and gases, it can make a huge difference.  Know how to escape and never return back inside to retrieve anything.  This time of year the main causes of fire include candles, unattended cooking and the careless disposal of ashes removed from the fireplace or fuel burning appliances.

What do I do if I have a fire?  First and foremost get all of the residents out of the structure and then call the fire department.  Donít waste time and energy trying to extinguish the fire yourself, you are only wasting valuable time, fire grows exponentially in a very short period of time.  Once everyone is accounted for flag down the arriving fire department apparatus and let them know everyone is out of the structure and safe.  If anyone is injured report that to the first arriving units.  When you are waiting for the fire department to arrive it feels like an eternity.

When the fire department arrives they are in charge and take possession of the structure.  After the fire department is finished extinguishing the fire they will investigate to determine the cause.  You should contact your insurance agent and inform them of the fire, they will obtain reports from the fire department and the investigators.  All fires are investigated to determine the cause of the fire itís a legal requirement for the fire chief.

You will likely need to find a temporary place to live, obtain some clothes and other immediate needs.  The fire chief can help you contact agencies that will provide temporary assistance.  If friends or family are close by most displaced residents will seek temporary shelter there.  You will want to contact your insurance agent who will in turn place you in contact with an insurance adjuster.  The adjusterís job is to calculate your loss and communicate that to the insurance company.  If you had a fire could you enumerate your losses, would you be able to remember everything you had or lost - - probably not, thatís why you should record the contents of your home and save it to a place separate from your home or business.  This will be a stressful event, the more prepared you are the less stressful it will be.


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Chimney Fires

Commentary Fireground Basics


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.



Firefighting isnít for everyone, volunteering is Ė there is more to do than what is shown here:

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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 Fighterís 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


Cancer Gap Coverage





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 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


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


Administrative Officers for 2019

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Murray

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

Be a Leader, not a position.







We are pleased to welcome new members Shawn Ritter, David Zecca, Joshua Gibeault, and welcome back Steve Marshall.

Itís always exciting to welcome new members to the department and itís a bonus to accept new members that have experience.  Glad youíre with us, stay safe.

While we have recently accepted new members we are always in need of more.  The volunteer fire service has been in the news lately due to shrinking numbers all over the United States.  Please consider joining and serving your community, we have a job for everyone and many hands make light work in a difficult and demanding job.  Volunteers save their communities millions in tax dollars.  Letís keep the momentum going.

Eligible firefighters have now been covered by the new legislatively mandated Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Gap Insurance Benefit program offered by the Hartford Insurance Company through our local insurance broker.  Our firefighters are being offered gap insurance which includes non-medical coverage benefits including a death benefit for any cancers which are more likely to be contracted by firefighters than the general population.

Email us at or stop by the main station at 10 Campbell Road on Wednesday evenings or Saturday morning and ask for an officer.  Applications are also available on this web site.


No activity at this time but we will be gearing up to submit an Assistance to Firefighterís Grant in 2019 to replace our SCBA air cylinders which will reach their 15 year life service.

Facility News

We continue to program what Station 3 needs to provide for the fire district and will be meeting with an architect this month.  We will continue to work toward a new building to replace the 44 year old metal building on the property.  The building is not energy efficient and we have had to monitor the temperature inside the building in the extreme cold to insure that the temperature stayed above 32 degrees.  Itís time to move to a more energy efficient building designed for a 50 year life expectancy.


Apparatus News


The first bid opening for our proposed water rescue unit occurred at the November Board Meeting.  While four companies picked up specifications there was only one bid from Bulldog Fire Equipment of Latham representing KME.  The apparatus committee members carefully reviewed the bid submittal to make sure it includes everything in the specifications, change orders are not acceptable after the bid is approved.  It was the decision of the Board to reject all bids and place the unit out to bid again with a bid opening at the Board Meeting on February 11th.


Firefighters Danielle Stables and Sophia Daskalakis are currently taking the Interior Operations training so that they can be interior fire fighters.  Even after the basic State Fire Training Courses, training continues weekly at the fire stations.

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.

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:, 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. 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:


Service Ė Trust Ė Honor ĖEthics