Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




Annual Report for 2016

The volunteer members of the Arvin Hart Fire Company responded to 161 calls for assistance in 2016.  Among the calls, there were 21 fires in structures, 11 wildland fires, 24 motor vehicle accidents, 9 carbon monoxide alarm activations, 12 EMS assist calls, 15 boat rescue calls, 3 hazardous condition calls, 28 service calls, 5 good intent calls where no action was necessary, 2 malicious false alarms and 31 accidental false alarms.  The members invested 1687 man hours on duty responding to calls and 5336 man hours training.  2017 was a busy year for the volunteers compared to past years, the number of responses has increased but this was the first year in many where we had no vehicle fires reported.  The members responded to 41 mutual aid calls to other departments and received mutual aid from other departments 13 times.  Mutual aid calls are normally required during the week day hours due to staffing shortages.



Upcoming Events

Mar 1 800Mhz Radio Operations
Mar 18 Old Timer’s Banquet – Station 1
Apr 19 National Park preplan tour



February Training Minutes


Training Focus of the Month


How to use the Drager CO monitor

Ground Ladder Tips


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 isn’t for everyone, volunteering is – 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 2017

Anthony Ponzillo, Chairman; Mike Handerhan, Facilities Committee; Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee; Nick Maciariello,  Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus Committee;  Bob Carson Facilities Committee; Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer


Line Officers for 2017

Chief            -- Zach Zendran

Deputy        -- Bob Wood

Assistant     -- Dave Dunn

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- CJ Brownell

Lieut.           -- Jason Urdang

                      -- Jamie Herrick

                      -- Tim Collins


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Paul Macey


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Bill Valosin


Administrative Officers for 2017

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Scrom

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. - Charles E. Hughes






Our sincere sympathy to the Ody family on George’s passing.  George was a dedicated member of the fire company serving several years as a fire policeman.  We will miss George.

It has been an honor and privilege to work with Saratoga County Fire Car 2, Deputy Fire Coordinator Paul Parker.  Paul has been a knowledgeable partner and a friend to every member of this fire company.  We will miss Paul as he retires from his position after 10 years.  We wish him well in whatever he does and we want him to know the door is always open, come join us at the kitchen table.  Stay safe Chief.

The fire company wishes to welcome two new members, Charles Dyer Jr and Charles Dyer III, they will be responding to Station 2 on George Thompson Road.  We would also like to welcome back Paul Okosky who has rejoined the company after a short leave of absence.  All three fire fighters are experienced and trained as interior fire fighters.  Our ranks have swelled by 6 members over the last few months which is phenomenal.

Say happy birthday to those celebrating in February: Nick Ahearn on the 10th, Nick Brady on the 13th, Dave Duquette on the 7th, Bob Wood on the 9th.

Good luck to the members going through the Basic Fire Operations course in Wilton, Veronica Miron, Chris Miron and Dan Dunn.

We have had a couple more candidates make application to the fire company which we will be considering at upcoming meetings.

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, we’ll give you a head start.  Apply today!  Write to us at


No activity at this time, the SAFER grant ends on February 10th.

Facility News

Contrary to popular opinion the construction continues on the 1m gallon water tank behind Station 2 on George Thompson Road, it looks like a space ship has landed.  We suggest it be painted like a hot air balloon.

The facilities committee is exploring the addition of gutters on the west side of station 1 where the roof melts on the sidewalk creating hazardous walking.


Apparatus News

Single Gas Carbon Monoxide meters have been placed in the three chief’s cars.

Our new ETA continues to be under construction, we have gotten word that the cab and chassis are built and the apparatus body is under construction.  The inspection team will be making another trip to Pennsylvania soon to review the build to date and make sure equipment being added in the future is correct.

The Fire District will need to start considering replacement of their smaller support vehicles.  Chiefs Car 10 is now 7 years old, the utility pickup U-112 is 18 years old and U-113 used as a water rescue support unit is also 18 years old.


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 at, click on E-Learning.  The access code is on the Watch Desk Book in the radio room.

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


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.