Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




Fire Hydrant Accessibility


Please make sure the fire hydrant nearest your home is available for use, firefighters lose valuable time finding and then shoveling hydrants.  We appreciate the work the Town Highway Department does uncovering hydrants, but they are not in control of all hydrants in the Town.  Please adopt the nearest hydrant and uncover it.



Carbon Monoxide Detectors

CO alarms are available for purchase. They are similar to smoke alarms and are designed to provide warning as CO levels in the air approach dangerous levels.  A dangerous level is considered to be anything above 100 parts per million (PPM) and immediate action must be taken to get occupants to fresh air.  A CO alarm will  provide early warning of the presence of CO, usually before a healthy adult would experience symptoms.

Select a CO alarm which is certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and is battery-powered or has a battery back-up.  Itís nice to have a detector that actually reads out the CO level in a display, but is not necessary.  There are detectors on the market that have 10 year battery power and a digital read out.  After the 10 years the entire unit is replaced.  CO alarms should be placed according to manufacturer installation instructions.  Test the CO alarm frequently, at least twice a year when clocks are adjusted for daylight saving time, and replace dead batteries when necessary.  Read the CO alarm's owner's manual to learn about the warning sounds and how to test the device.  Unlike smoke alarms, CO alarms expire after several years and there is a date stamp on the back of the detector.  Replace the alarm as indicated by the manufacturer.

New York State requires CO alarms in residences including single- and multiple-family homes, and in multiple dwellings such as hotels/motels, boarding houses, apartment buildings, fraternity and sorority buildings, and school dormitories. New laws also require alarms in commercial buildings and restaurants.  The requirements apply only to structures that have an attached garage or have appliances, devices or systems that may emit CO.

A CO alarm is not a substitute for regular maintenance of fuel-burning appliances or equipment. For assistance with CO alarm placement, please contact your local fire department.

CO alarms can only sense CO that reaches the unitís sensor. Itís possible that CO may be present in other areas without reaching the alarm. The rate and ability that which CO reaches the alarm may be affected by: ē Doors or other obstructions. ē Fresh air from a vent, an open window or other source. ē CO being present on one level of the home and not reach a CO alarm installed on a different level. (For example, CO in the basement may not reach an alarm on the second level, near the bedrooms). For these reasons, we recommend you provide complete coverage by placing a CO alarm on every level of the home. Please carefully read all information supplied by the manufacturer on properly installing this CO alarm.  Realize that the alarm sound is different for actual detection of CO and when the battery is low or the detectorís sensor is outdated.



Upcoming Events

Mar 7 Old Timer's Dinner
Mar 9 Commissionerís Meeting
Mar 12 Assoc. of Fire Districts Meeting/Boght Corners


March Training Focus

Learning the Facts About Residential Sprinklers

The proposal being considered by the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council does not provide any exemption for rural housing. Access to water is a concern in locations where fire sprinklers systems require the installation of large tanks, water flow valves and other mechanisms to regulate pressure, back flow, etc. Tanks are large and equipment is costly. 

THE TRUTH:  What is the typical fire department response time in rural settings?  In most cases the response time is too late and the home is beyond saving.  The truth is fire sprinklers in rural settings should be a priority notan exemption.  The actual rural setting fire sprinkler costs are much lower than projected by extorted facts coming from the realtors and builders.  The fact is a home in a rural setting typically has a well for domestic water supply and many of these homes have a storage tank that is pressurized to help with water pressure on upper levels of the home.  The plumbing code requires a shower head that automatically reacts to water flow in other parts of the home so someone does not get scald burns while talking a shower when someone opens a facet in another room.  For this shower head to work 20 psi is needed as a minimum.  So the domestic water supply already has pressure typically adequate for the fire sprinkler system assuming the shower system is installed in compliance with the plumbing code.  In many cases the domestic water pump is upgraded as a consumer option so they have even more water supply and pressure for their domestic system.  There have been many cases where the existi8ng upgraded domestic water supply pump and tank met the requirements of the fire sprinkler system thereby making this less costly than normal.  There may be a need to upsize the tank but this is determined by a couple factors.  NFPA 13D fire sprinkler design standard requires a 10-minute water supply and assuming 2 sprinklers at 13 gpm, 26 gpm total or the need for 260 gallons of water for the 10-minute supply.  So if one has a 125 gallon tank and the pump is refilling the tank at 14 gpm I have met the 260 gallon 10-minute water supply.  And a passive purge valve eliminates the need for backflow protection.  The substantive issue here is fire sprinklers are greatly needed in rural areas because fire department response is typically too late.  In addition in the event of a natural disaster, now you have a tank full of water in your basement, you will be the envy of the neighborhood.


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.


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

Leaders who seek power and control end up losing both.

Dr. Henry Cloud





If you see the following members in March be sure to wish them a Happy Day; Tim Scrom, Jason Urdang and Jim Woodruff.

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

Just dealing with the piles of snow at each station has been a challenge this season.  We reminded everyone to be careful of the ice and snow and that entering the buildings with snow on your feet is extremely slick.  Be careful responding.

The cold weather is testing our fuel budget this year, we are thankful that the price is less than last year. 


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.



On the 24th we held a mutual aid ice rescue drill with Round Lake Hose Company.  Itís rumored that some of the members got a real thrill with operating the air boat, and no new band aids were needed.  Great drill team. 

In a new initiative by the Chiefs the required OSHA courses will begin at 7pm before the Company Meetings.  The attendees will take group training using the McNeil Website.

Those who do not obtain the training on meeting nights will have to obtain the required training on their own, by accessing the web site.  If you need assistance please do not hesitate to ask any of the officers.

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 web.

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.