Stillwater Fire District
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HVVFA Firefighter of the Year 2017
Congratulations to our Deputy Chief Bob Wood who has been awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award by the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemanís Association for his actions in rescuing a combative victim during a working structure fire on Clinton Court in the Village of Stillwater earlier in the year. Chief Jeff Mahar of the Newland Wood Fire Department in the Village was instrumental in submitting Chief Wood for this honor. Deputy Wood has volunteered for over three decades devoting his life to the residents of Stillwater. Unfortunately the victim later succumbed to his injuries. Chief Wood will receive his award at the Hudson Valley Firemanís Convention being held in West Glens Falls on June 16th.
Who are These Fire Police People?Fires continue to make headlines where family members perish. We often wonder, did they have smoke detectors, did they work, why didnít they escape?
There is a provision in the General Municipal Law that authority having jurisdiction over a fire company may organize within their companies a fire police team composed of volunteer firefighters and shall have the powers of and render service as a peace officer when called to duty by the Chief. A member of the fire police team takes an oath of office which is filed with the town or village clerk. Fire Police are required to take training including: traffic control, spectator control and public relations.
What do fire police do? They provide traffic control at fires, auto accidents, mass casualty incidents, disasters, drills and other fire department operations. They protect firefighters and EMS personnel, protect bystanders and perform crowd control at emergencies, protect fire department equipment, assist police with investigations, route responding emergency vehicles to their assigned locations and reroute non-emergency traffic away from emergency operations. These exterior firefighters perform essential safety services to the on duty first responders.
An often overlooked facet of fire police operation is that it provides an interface between the fire department and the public. The public seldom have occasion to talk with firefighters while they are working at an emergency. Fire police at times have the opportunity to speak with bystanders and answer questions about the operation, their volunteer fire department, or simply give directions or suggest possible detours. During these times their professionalism, appearance, and demeanor, or lack thereof, reflects directly on their department and the entire volunteer fire service.
What is often overlooked or missed is that the fire police standing post often take the unfair brunt of the publicís wrath for being inconvenienced. Why is the road closed, why canít I get through, when will the road be reopened, I donít know any other way to workÖis what these guardians hear most often. They are protecting the both the public and first responders from harm. They are allowing police offices to perform other duties at the scene of accidents and investigations. The fire police should be respected and the public needs to follow their directions. Very often they will be able to tell you another way to go---but really letís face it you should know more than one way to work, to school or to those places that you frequent most often. Disregard for the directions from fire police may cause you to be arrested for obstructing governmental operations or other charges. While they donít have arrest powers they will work with police to see that charges are preferred against violators.
When approaching the scene of an emergency incident, slow down, be cautious and donít be looking at the lights or at the incident. First responders are hit, injured or killed almost weekly by inattentive or inebriated drivers at the scene of an incident. Slow Down- Pay Attention ĖMove Cautiously and watch out for responders who are in the work zone. In addition on multiple lane highways fire department vehicles are included in the move over law, slow down, move over if possible be aware of responders in the work zone. If the road is closed, it is for good reason, it could be dangers such as live wires in the roadway, and crashed vehicles blocking the lanes, tow trucks operating in the lanes of traffic or natural disasters such as washed out roads, landslides, or perhaps fire equipment is required to operate in the roadway. In any case slow down, pay attention and follow the directions of the fire police.
Fire Extinguisher Training for Everyone
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:
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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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