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Personal Preparedness

The smoke detector came on the market for homeowners in 1965, 49 years ago, yet today 3 out of 5 fire deaths are the result of fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  The National Fire Protection Associationís fire prevention week theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month.  Its simple, simply place your finger on the button, push and test.  If it works, great if not replace the battery or the detector.  To protect you and your family, smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.  Di you realize that smoke detectors have a limited life, the sensing mechanism is only good for ten year from the date of manufacturer, look on the back of the detector, it will have a date.  One of the main complaints is the detector activates every time I cook, what should I do?  Replace the smoke alarm with a photoelectric type (PE) and be sure the alarm is placed at least 10í from the kitchen.  What do I do if the detector chirps, makes a short beep every few seconds?  Replace the battery and then push the test button for a test.  If the smoke alarm detects smoke it will give a steady alarm, not a short chirp.  Because of the unrealistic fire scenes in the movies or on TV most people donít realize you only have 3 minutes or less to escape from a home that is on fire.  Why?  Because todayís furnishings and finishes are created from oil, which burn hotter and faster than legacy materials such as wool, cotton and other non-plastic base materials.  When a smoke alarm sounds, do not hesitate, stop what you are doing and get outside to your meeting place.  From experience, we have witnessed test fires where the smoke alarm has activated seconds from ignition, before you can even detect the smoke.  Do yourself a favor, make sure you protect your family and loved ones with smoke alarms, we lose close to 3,000 of our neighbors annually and injure another 14,000.  On average, seven people a day die from fire deaths in the home.  We donít want you to be one of them.

            Want to go the next step, install fire sprinklers as part of the plumbing system.  Home fire sprinklers will control or may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take for the fire department to arrive.  The risk of dying from a fire in your home is cut 33% with the use of smoke detectors, its cut 80% if you have sprinklers.  In addition property loss is cut 70% and most fires are controlled by one sprinkler head.  Watch the following video and pay close attention to the time lapse on the video; .

Give firefighters a break and prepare you and your family to be fire safe.

Are your college students prepared for an emergency away from home?

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Upcoming Events

Sept 12 Last Cook Out of the Season with music by Switch Point 6pm
Oct 4 Fire Police Operations
Oct 5 Fire Prevention Week
Oct 11 Smoke House, County Training Center
Oct 15 Ladder Operations
Oct 25 Live Fire Training, County Training Center
Oct 20 MacBoston Fire Training at the County Training Center
Oct 30 NYS Association of Fire Districts Fall Workshops at Honors Haven
Nov 8 Assoc. of Fire Districts Capital Area Fall Workshop at Boght Corners


September Training Focus

Altair 4 Multigas Detector Training Review


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 a sign-up sheet and become a member!  (click the link below to access)


Application & MV 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



News Items

Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2014

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 2014

Chief            -- Jamie Herrick

Deputy        -- Zach Zendran

Assistant     -- Bob Wood

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- Darren Lesson

                     -- Dave Dunn

Lieut.           -- Tim Collins

                      -- R J Laurenzo

                      -- CJ Brownell


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Bob Okosky


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Jim Woodruff


Administrative Officers for 2014

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Bob Carson


Recording Secretary

                   -- Chris Wright


Business Secretary

                   -- Peter Hughes


Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

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




Words to Reflect On

If the volunteer fire service is going to survive, we need volunteers.




During September wish John Conlen, Nick Maciariello and Rick Hopeck a Happy Birthday.

We want to congratulate Chris Stewart, hired as a Saratoga Springs Paramedic/Fire Fighter, Jake Kardash, hired as a City of Troy fire fighter, TJ Rinaldi Jr, who is now an online Paramedic/Firefighter with the City of Albany.  While all of these guys got their start here, they have gone on to bigger and better things and unfortunately we have lost the services of three talented fire fighters.  Good luck to Joe Charbenau who is back with Rotterdam District 2, thanks for stopping by and volunteering your services.

To the Community:  We are losing members and not gaining.  This is going to have negative effects on staffing, especially during the day and during drive time hours.  If you are interested in becoming a new member, email us at .  We are accepting applications for interior firefighters, exterior firefighters and participating social members.



There is no active grant activity at this time.

Facility News

TWe are still working to address some building projects.  Water seal has been applied to the west wall of Station 1 to limit water infiltration and damage.  Prices are being solicited for the roof repairs at Station 4.  The ceiling at Station 2 still remains open and needs to be repaired from previous water damage.  Bids for snow plowing are due at the September Commissioners meeting and are posted on this page under Legal Notices.

An updated phone system will replace the current system at station one which is outdated with several features not working.  The District/Department will also be exploring updating the IT backbone, switches, and WiFi capabilities at Station 1, to enhance training capabilities and internet speed.


Apparatus News

The new safety pickup has had graphics applied by Vital Signs in Cohoes.  Pending is an emergency lighting and warning package.  The primary mission for the unit will be traffic safety and control.

The line officers are beginning to discuss a replacement for ETA-111 which is currently 19 years old, its expected that a replacement could be bid, purchased and in service by sometime in 2016.

R-103 has had some minor work to install the new 20V tools with chargers and consolidate the location of the Paratech Strut Tools.



As always fall will be busy training months with sessions scheduled at the County Training Facility, the Capital Area Fire Districts workshop on November 8th with subjects to include railroad safety, a class by the Department of Labor covering fire fighter safety and health, and updates from NFPA on fire service issues.  Training dates are on the webpage calendar and posted to I AM Responding.

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 McNeil & Company Web site including EVOC and OSHA modules.  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.