Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
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
May Training Minutes
Training Focus of the Month
Maxiforce Air Lifting Bag Video
Highway Scene Safety Training Video
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.
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.
Intellicast Weather Page
Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
Firehouse.com - 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
Association of Fire Districts of the
Saratoga Co Fire Officers
National Weather Service
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
NYS -- OEM
Groundaerial web site
Empire Chemical Sales
Shakerley Truck Sales
District e-mail login
Additional Training Resource Links:
New Developments in Fire Service
Get on Board with Fire Service
Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2017
Ponzillo, Chairman; Mike Handerhan, Facilities Committee;
Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee;
Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus
Committee; Bob Carson Facilities Committee;
Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer
Line Officers for 2017
Captains -- Rick Hopeck
R J Laurenzo
Administrative Officers for 2017
V.P. -- Nick Maciariello
-- Tiffani Scrom
Sergeant at Arms
-- Bill Ritter
Trustees -- Dave Duquette,
Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Ed
Sabourin, and Tim Collins
Words to Reflect On
The value of life is not based on how long we live, but
how much we contribute to others in our society.
Say Happy Birthday to the following members: Bob Carson
23rd, Tiffani Scrom 31st, Chris Wright 31st and Vanessa
Most members have completed their annual physicals on
May 3rd and 4th, those who could not make the evening
hours will need to schedule during the day before the
end of May.
to Dan Dunn on his appointment to the County Desk
Officerís position at communications we know you will do
well, just watch what you say on the radio.
While Recruit New York weekend is behind us, the
department is always in need of new volunteers. If we
donít continue to obtain volunteers we will be forced to
pay staff which will be an increased cost to the
resident taxpayers. We have been an all volunteer force
since 1954, we want to continue to be a volunteer force
as long as possible.
Do you live near one of our four stations, and if you
like hiking, hang gliding, base jumping, rock climbing,
extreme sports or sky diving, the fire department is in
desperate need of adventurers like you between the ages
of 18 to 40 who are willing to be training to fight
fires in buildings and to serve their community in
countless ways. This is a unique group of individuals
who not only like the excitement and dedication it takes
to be a firefighter but also serve their communities in
many ways, from Toys for Tots, vehicle extrication, to
cold water rescue or interior firefighting. You will be
trained and given the proper equipment to do your job,
there is a time commitment which is for your own
safety. If you do well you may start a whole new career
as a paid firefighter, weíll give you a head start.
Apply today! Write to us at
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The 1 million gallon tank behind Station 2 has been
constructed and now will be ready for interior and
exterior sandblasting and coatings.
With the new construction season the water line will
be run into station 2, we are working with the
engineering firm to identify the right location.
The District is considering replacing the oil fired
heating system with a propane system to allow the
oil tanks to be cleared out to make way for the
water line and backflow preventers.
The current heating system is 21 years old and could
be replaced with a more efficient system. The
District will continue to evaluate options.
The new ETA 11-1 has been accepted and paid for out
of the apparatus reserve fund. The truck is in
service at station 2.
The old ETA 11-1 which was 22 years old was sold to
the Sir William Johnson fire department in Fulton
County who was in desperate need of a viable truck.
The officers and commissioners will now turn their
attention to the water rescue support vehicle which
is 18 years old. The replacement is just in the
There are several courses being offered in the
Capital Area by the various fire service
organizations, State Chiefs, FASNY and Fire
Districts. In addition the County is offering a
number of courses to keep the firefighters
informed and safe.
The members train every Wednesday evening and
Saturday morning after breakfast is served at
Station 1. Most Saturdays you can find Fire
Police Captain, Paul Macey serving up the grub
and breaking a few eggs over the hot stove.
Join us sometime. The coffee is always on, stop
in and chat with us.
Members have the ability to access free on-line
training on the web.
To access, go online
on E-Learning. The access code is on the Watch
Desk Book in the radio room.
Training Resource Links:
ICS Training Resources
Emergency Response Guidebook Training
Recruiting, cultivating, and retaining the highest quality
diverse membership that remains committed to our mission and
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
Developing future leaders in the fire protection and
emergency management community worldwide.
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