Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



*** Please Note ***


The August monthly meeting of the Stillwater Fire District Board of Commissioners has been changed to Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM.  Thanks and see you then!





If you are going to burn other than a camp fire, you will need to apply for a burn permit from the Town of Stillwater Department of Building and Planning.  Burn permits are copied to the fire department and posted to every member.  If you don’t have a burn permit and the fire department is called we will extinguish the fire.  Nothing except sticks, branches, ordinary wood etc is to be burned, any other materials such as mattresses, furniture, plastics etc will be subject to fines by DEC.  Several area residents have been to court so far this year for burning unapproved material.  Very often County Communications will dispatch a police agency and DEC to a suspected illegal burn condition.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It’s very unusual for a CO Detector to activate during the summer months, but it can happen.  Treat it as a real incident but understand that CO detectors have a defined sensor life, usually 5 to 7 years, after which they may false alarm on a regular basis.  There is normally a build date on the back of the detector.  If your windows are open and the detector goes off take the usual precautions and have the condition checked.

 Downed Power Lines

Very often during the summer months we respond to a number of incidents involving downed power lines, due to either accidents or storm related damage.  Be aware, DO NOT approach downed lines, they may still be alive and if so can kill you.  Stay back away from downed lines and be cautious if the are in trees, across fences or guard rails, the electricity can charge these items and have deadly consequences.  Never presume a power line is dead!!  Take a look around your home, if there are tree branches over hanging the power lines coming into the home consider trimming them back, please have a professional perform this task due to the dangers of electrocution.



Upcoming Events

June 15-18 Fire Expo 2016 – Turning Stone
June 18 Hudson Valley F/A Parade
June 25 Eagle Matt Lee Anniversary Parade -Ballston
Aug 14 Bennington Vt. Parade



June Training Minute


Training Focus of the Month

Size Up – How to Read Smoke

Making the Hydrant

Forcible Entry Commercial Door with Inside Drop Bar


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 2016

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


Line Officers for 2016

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.

                      -- Bob Hagadorn Jr.


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Paul Macey


Administrative Officers for 2016

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 biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand.  We listen to reply.





If you see the following members in June, wish them a Happy Birthday; Jamie Herrick 17th, Lisa Laurenzo 9th, & Ed Martin 25th.

We have had several new applications recently which will be acted upon over the next 60 days.  For anyone applying there is a process that needs to be followed and it may take up to 90 days to complete the process.  Unfortunately as new members apply we lose other members.  The fire service today experiences an average 5 year turnover rate, as a result we are always in need of new members.  If you want a challenge, if you want to serve your community and if you want to keep your taxes low, please consider serving as a volunteer firefighter.  There is a job for everyone.  If you are interested, stop by on any Wednesday evening, Saturday mornings or email us at  Applications are on this web page, center section.


There is no grant activity for the department at this time.

Facility News

The Facility Committee continues to work with NYSERDA and their contractor to assess energy use at our stations.  The recommendations have been made for several lighting changes which will save us money.  In addition grants from NYSERDA are available to offset the cost with a very short pay back period.

The construction of the Town’s water tower has begun at Station 2 on George Thompson Road.  The first phase of the construction will be to build a substantial concrete base for the tank.  Plans are also underway to run water into the fire station so that we can abandon our on site well.

Now that the weather has warmed up, painting will begin at Station 2.  This is the first painting of the station since it was completed in 1996.  Upon completion of the painting a new epoxy floor will be applied in the engine bays.

A survey of the property on State Route 423 has been completed.  The District will now begin to lay out a new building on the site to replace the metal building which is showing signs of age after 40 plus years.

Verizon has completed their cell booster project at Station 1.  Boosters are being strategically placed around the community to improve cell phone strength.


Apparatus News

During a recent trip to KME Fire Apparatus in Pennsylvania, Bill Ritter, A/C Dave Dunn and Tom Rinaldi spent several hours with a KME Engineer to review every page of the apparatus specifications for the new ETA-11-1.  The group had an opportunity to use the company’s CAD system to make sure every aspect of the new apparatus is what was specified and is in the correct location.  The team had the opportunity to clarify details and the next step will be a confirmation letter from KME.  Upon approval the truck will be assigned a construction schedule and the team will visit again when the cab and body is mounted on the custom built chassis to review progress and to again confirm details for the final build.  The new apparatus is expected to be delivered next spring.


The members continue to train at least two days a week, Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.  On Saturdays, breakfast is provided and we want to take this opportunity to thank Paul Macey for his dedication in the fire station kitchen almost every Saturday.  If anyone would like to perform a guest cook appearance on any Saturday, please let us know.

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.