Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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


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 police.



Upcoming Events




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.



Firefighting isnít for everyone, volunteering is Ė there is more to do than what is shown here:

YouTube Volunteering Video


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Membership Application



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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 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

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 Wood 18th.

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.

Congratulations 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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Facility News

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.


Apparatus News


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 planning stage.


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.