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Personal Preparedness

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

  • To prepare, build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Remove rotted or dead tree branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a storm.

  • Postpone outdoor activities especially on the water.

  • Secure outdoor objects and could blow away or cause damage.

  • Get inside a home, building or hard top auto, you are much safer inside.

  • Nothing you are wearing will protect you from lightening, get inside.

  • Close windows, blinds or curtains.

  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment before the storm arrives.

  • If you can hear thunder, lightning is present and can cause injury.



Upcoming Events

Jul 4 Happy Birthday America
Jul 19 60th Anniversary Pig Roast
Jul 25 Cook Outs and Donny Elvis
Aug 18-22 FASNY Convention Desmond Hotel
Aug 22 Cook Out and Sean Lyons
Sept 12 Cook Out and Switch Point
June 2015 FIRE 2015 Turning Stone -- Jun 17 - 20
Oct Nov NYS Fire Dist. Fall Educ. Conf. – Honors Haven
Nov 8 Capital Area Dist. Educ. Conf.-West Crescent


July Training Focus


Fire Ground Operations

Hose Handling Made Simple

****Things are Changing in the Fire Service**** KEEPING UP!!  Please Listen & Understand!!

****Update Your Knowledge Base****



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 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

Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up

by Oreshan the Wise




If you see CJ Brownell, Ken Medina, Mike Handerhan, or Tim Collins they are celebrating birthdays this month.

 The entire membership would like to wish Darren Lesson the best of luck in his career move which has taken him and Gretchen to the beautiful Charleston SC area, we will miss them as part of the Arvin Hart family.

 Welcome Bill Valosin to the fire company.

 Congratulations to former member T.J. Rinaldi for passing the Paramedic test at Albany Fire Department.

Folks, many departments are losing members, more members than they are gaining.  If this trend keeps up, many fire departments will need to supplement their volunteer resources which can only mean one thing for you, more taxes. 

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

There are several outstanding projects that need attention, station 4 roof, station 2 roof/ceiling, station 4 rest room, station 1 water infiltration and tree trimming.

The new housecleaning contract has been let and the new company has begun services at all of the stations.

Seal coating at station 2 and 4 will be performed this year.


Apparatus News

We would like to thank Southworth Caterpillar for the use of their loading dock to load and ship retired ETA 101 to North Carolina.

The new fire police pickup truck should be arriving soon, we will need to add graphics, radio, tool boxes to the bed and a lighting package when the unit arrives.



The concentration for the month of July will be on fire ground operations and crews will review operational tasks, job descriptions and hands on operations.

At the upcoming FASNY Convention at the Desmond Hotel in August there will be a number of training opportunities.  The hands on training deadline is July 15th and will include Calling the Mayday or Bail Out Systems both held at the Colonie Training Center on August 20th.  On Thursday August 21st class room training during the convention will include Firefighter Safety at Roadway Incidents, Recruiting, Motivating and Retaining the Younger Generations and Observations from 30,000 feet Modern Challenges and Opportunities for the Fire Service, Mayday for Mental Health, and Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone. Go to for more information.

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.