Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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


HVVFA Firefighter of the Year 2017

Congratulations to our Deputy Chief Bob Wood who has been awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award by the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemanís Association for his actions in rescuing a combative victim during a working structure fire on Clinton Court in the Village of Stillwater earlier in the year.  Chief Jeff Mahar of the Newland Wood Fire Department in the Village was instrumental in submitting Chief Wood for this honor.  Deputy Wood has volunteered for over three decades devoting his life to the residents of Stillwater.  Unfortunately the victim later succumbed to his injuries.  Chief Wood will receive his award at the Hudson Valley Firemanís Convention being held in West Glens Falls on June 16th.


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

July 19 Saratoga County Fair
July 26 Hemstreet Park Extrication Drill
Aug 13 Bennington Battle Day Parade
Aug 30 Foam Ops at Rail Yard
Sept 30 Structural FF at Training Center



Training Minutes


Fire Extinguisher Training for Everyone

Auto Extrication


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

NY Fire Fighterís Cancer Support Network

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

NOAA's National Weather Service

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency


NY Alert

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

Rank is about what is said, leadership is about what is done.






Our heartfelt sympathies to the Laurenzo family on the passing of Raymond Sr.  Ray was a Past Chief of Mechanicville Fire Department and a member of the Bennington VT Fire Department.  Ray was also a Navy veteran and was laid to rest in a touching ceremony at the National Cemetery.  Ray was a piece of work and could always make us laugh.  He had a fitting send off escorted by a number of fire department vehicles from NY and VT.  RIP weíll take it from here.

The volunteer fire service is always in need of new people.  We know itís not for everyone but give it a try, it might be for you.  We are a dysfunctional family, a microcosm of the community, but when the page tones go off, we stop whatever we are doing and respond to the call for help.  If you are interested in helping, from fire police to the highest level of adventure - interior nozzle person, visit us on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings, we have an application for YOU!  Email us at


Maybe soon!

Facility News

The Town in the last phase of the water project and we hope to have clean County water to station 2 in the very near future.  The well water at this station leaves instant spots of minerals on whatever it touches.  The water tank is painted, we think it should have dimples to look like a golf ball, but probably wonít happen.

The District has issued an RFP for the installation of a propane gas heating system at Station 2; the results will be discussed at the next commissionerís meeting.

The stations have had their driveways seal coated and the larger cracks have been sealed.  With regular care our driveways last decades.

We have replaced the toilets at the picnic pavilion with new modern low flow models.


Apparatus News


All the fire hose and ladders have been tested for the year, all the hose is nice and neat, letís not mess it up!!!  Thank you to Bill Ritter and his helpers

Sticking with our apparatus replacement plan, we have replaced one of the Chiefís vehicles with a new Chevy Tahoe from DeNooyer Chevrolet.  The vehicle was purchase on a piggyback bid which is encouraged by the State Comptrollerís Office.  A number of area departments participated in the same purchase.  This replaces the 2011 Ford Expedition which had the most mileage.  Over the next two years both remaining vehicles will be replaced while they still have resale value.




Truck Company Operations will be offered by Saratoga County beginning on July 24th at Halfmoon Station 1.  To register call the Fire Coordinator at 884-4702 or email Ed at  Prerequisites include: Firefighter I or equivalent, and students must have a ďTraining Authorization FormĒ signed by the Chief indicating medical clearance for SCBA use and student is physically capable to wear SCBA and participate in the physical activities required in the class.

The members train every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning after breakfast is served at Station One.   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. (BREAKFAST IS ON HOLD DURING JULY SO MACE CAN GO FISHíN)  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.  Many of these courses have been revised and some new subjects have been added. 

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.