Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



Don't Make Headlines

If a fire occurs at your home, first of all it would be easier to identify if a number were posted where it was visible from the road, on the sides of the mailbox or on a separate sign.  Often the number is posted on the door of the mailbox where it is impossible to see.  The second issue is the driveway leading to the house.  Where homes are located off the road the drive should be at least 12í wide, even when snow is piled on both sides.  The other issue we have is long or steep driveways that are impossible to navigate in the winter due to ice or snow.  While our trucks have automatic tire chains they donít solve all the problems.  If you have built a home that may be beyond the capability of the fire department to reach you have two options, purchase sufficient insurance to cover the full loss or install a residential sprinkler system which is built in as part of the plumbing system.

Fires continue to make headlines where family members perish, we often wonder, did they have smoke detectors, did they work, why didnít they escape.  One thing that is constant is that the report is often worded where the fire department arrived on the scene but were unable to make entry for rescue, they were driven back by heave fire and smoke.  We all need to understand that with the furnishings and finishes we have in our homes, fires burn hotter and faster.  Most of our furniture and finishes are plastic based which means they were manufactured with petroleum products Ė oil.  If you have smoke detectors you must make sure they operate and when they do, you have little time to escape Ė just 90 seconds.  The other mitigating equipment, like parking a fire truck in your home, is residential sprinklers.  When constructing a new home $1.00 a square foot is a small price to pay for the safety of your family and pets.  The added bonus is damage is limited.  If you are concerned about water damage if there is a fire normally one head controls the fire and allows you time to escape, if we arrive on the scene to fight the fire our smallest hose discharges 150 gallons a minute compared to 16 or less gallons per minute for a single sprinkler head.  Itís your choice.  If no one is injured or dies and if the house doesnít burn down, there are no headlines.



Upcoming Events

Mar 18 Old Timerís Banquet Ė Station 1
Apr 19 National Park preplan tour



March Training Minutes


Training Focus of the Month

Fire Extinguisher Use

Residential Fire Sprinklers


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

Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.






The following members are having birthdays in March; Bill Velsoin the 7th, John Bellard the 27th, Jim Woodruff the 11th, Jason Urdang the 21st and Tim Scrom the 28th.

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


No activity at this time, the SAFER grant ends on February 10th.

Facility News

Contrary to popular opinion the construction continues on the 1m gallon water tank behind Station 2 on George Thompson Road, it looks like a space ship has landed.  We suggest it be painted like a hot air balloon.

The facilities committee is exploring the addition of gutters on the west side of station 1 where the roof melts on the sidewalk creating hazardous walking.


Apparatus News


Our new ETA is still under construction we have recently gotten word that we will be traveling to KME in Pennsylvania in the near future for the mid-point inspection, the body has been joined with the cab and chassis and the truck will be entering the final phase of construction.  Delivery is still anticipated in early April.

The Fire District will need to start considering replacement of their smaller support vehicles.  Chiefs Car 10 is now 7 years old, the utility pickup U-112 is 18 years old and U-113 used as a water rescue support unit is also 18 years old.


Our three probationary members are still in class in Wilton attending the Basic Fire Operations portion of the FireFighter 1 couse.  Continued good luck to Veronica, Chris and Dan.

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.