Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Personal Preparedness

So far our winter has been mild, but that usually changes in January and February as we trend toward colder temperatures.  Some of the things you need to be prepared for around the house are; freezing pipes, never thaw with an open flame, use an electric heat gun to avoid setting the structure on fire.  Since we have not been using our wood stoves at full throttle, make sure you do not have a buildup of creosote and take this opportunity to clean your chimney, flue, and connecting pipes.  Now is the time to service that snow blower, obtain some melting material and be prepared for the second round of winter weather.  Check those supplies in your car especially if you take long trips across the state where you might run into lake effect snow and be stranded.  Being prepared will reduce stress and enable you to take things in stride.  If we lose power never run a generator inside and donít try to heat with the help of a gas stove, carbon monoxide is a silent killer.  Speaking of CO check the vent pipes on your water heaters and heating devices to make sure they are properly and firmly attached.  Is your CO alarm in place with batteries?  Also remember CO alarms have a limited life, about 5 to 7 years for the sensors, if they start to periodically beep check the date or the battery and replace as necessary.



Upcoming Events

Jan 10 Capital Area Fire Districts Meeting at West Crescent
Jan 12 Fire District Reorganizational Meeting
Jan 17 Fire Company Installation Banquets, Hall of Springs
Jan 26 County Fire Advisory Board Meeting Training Center


January Training Focus

Semi Cab Door Removal

Importance of the Pump Operator


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

The New Year stands before us like a chapter in a book to be written.  We can help write that story by setting goals.

Melody Beattie





If you see Bill Purcell, Zach Zendran or Dave Dunn, wish them a happy birthday.

We are always looking for new staffing for exterior, interior and fire police positions email us at  Applications are on this web page, we are at the stations on Saturday mornings and on Wednesday evenings or mail to President Laurenzo at P. O. Box 288, Stillwater, NY 12170.


We have submitted our application to the Global Foundries-Stillwater Foundation for this year.

Facility News

All projects have been completed for the year.  There are no outstanding issues.


Apparatus News


All projects have been completed for the year and we just work to maintain what we have.  The Chiefs have been contemplating working on the specifications to replace ETA 111 which will be 20 years old this year.  If the truck is replaced it would not be delivered until sometime in 2016.



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.