Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




Notice of Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing for the 2016 Proposed Fire District Budget, Tuesday October 20th at 7pam, 10 Campbell Road Fire Station, Commissioner’s Meeting to Follow at 7:30.  See Legal Notices.

Prepping for the Fall and Winter Season

Our warm summer is quickly degrading into fall and it’s time to prepare for what is to follow.  If you are sticking around for awhile, we need to start preparing for the heating season.  The greatest threat from heating devices using fossil fuel is the production of carbon monoxide or CO.  CO is generated in great quantities by the burning of any fossil fuel or when common materials burn.  The danger of CO is twofold, first is a colorless odorless gas that displaces the oxygen in the blood and second, it’s cumulative, the longer you are exposed to it the less it takes to cause CO poisoning.  All new homes today are required to have CO detection and alarm devices, which sample the air and detect the amount of CO in parts per million.  Zero amount of CO is normal; any level above zero may indicate a problem with a heating device.  In a structure fire very high levels of CO are developed and are a leading cause of death to occupants and are dangerous for responding firefighters although they enter hazardous atmospheres with self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).  New York State has recently passed legislation that requires CO Alarms in all commercial buildings that contain equipment that may produce CO, due to an unfortunate fatality in a restaurant in Suffolk County.

A frequent question relates to the placement of CO detectors and the recommendation is to read the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.  The most common cause of CO in homes is a defective heating device, more frequently natural gas or propane appliances.  In August, 2009 New York State passed Amanda’s Law, which is named for a 16-year-old girl who died on January 17, 2009, due to a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend’s house. Amanda’s Law requires that every, one or two-family dwelling, condominium, cooperative and each unit of a multiple dwelling shall have an operable carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Under Amanda’s Law, homes built before January 1, 2008 are permitted to have battery-powered CO alarms, while homes built after this date are required to have the alarms hard-wired into the building. Additionally, Amanda’s Law requires contractors to install a CO alarm when replacing a hot water tank or furnace if the home is not equipped with an alarm. CO detectors are required only if the dwelling unit has appliances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or there is an attached garage.

The one thing that residents fail to read or understand is that these detectors have a limited life; the sensors do not last forever.  Sensors function well for between 5 to 7 years, after that they may continuously beep a warning beep, or may not function properly.  Note that each unit has a manufacture date and there is a difference in the sound of the alarm if it detects CO or whether it is malfunctioning.  Normally a malfunction indication is an intermittent beep while an alarm is more constant.  Consult your manufacturer’s user manual.  When in doubt evacuate the residence and call 911. Report whether there is illness associated with activation of the alarm, it will determine how the fire and EMS responders handle the call for assistance.  The signs of CO poisoning may include; dull headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness.

If you suspect CO vacate the structure to fresh air, including pets.  Call 911 and report what is occurring and signs or symptoms to the dispatcher if there are any.  Do not open windows or ventilate the structure so that when the fire department arrives they can do a thorough assessment to determine the cause of the CO.  The firefighters will enter your home fully protected with personal protective equipment and self contained breathing apparatus to protect them.  They have meters that will detect the presence of CO and work through a process of elimination to determine the cause.  Once they have determined the cause they will report to the homeowner with their findings.  It is up to the homeowner to contact a responsible contractor to correct the problem and you will not be able to use the appliance that is causing the problem.  You may have to find shelter with family, friends or somewhere safe, until the problem is corrected.  You will also be advised in writing of the findings and what the level of CO means to your health, you will be asked to sign the findings form.  As we begin living in a closed up environment with heating systems, the number of CO incidents normally increases for the fire service.  Install smoke alarms and CO detectors in your home, let’s make the best of it and be safe this fall and winter season.



Upcoming Events

Oct 3 FF Memorial Ringing of the Bells
Oct 6 Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial Albany 11am
Oct 29-31 Assoc of Fire Districts Fall Workshop, Ellenville NY
Nov 4 ICS 200 final class
Feb 2016 Hybrid Joint Training


October Training Focus

The Incident Command System – Why do we need it?

ICS Command Function

ICS Establishing Command

ICS Operations Function


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



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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 2015

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 2015

Chief            -- Jamie Herrick

Deputy        -- Zach Zendran

Assistant     -- Bob Wood

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- Dave Dunn

Lieut.           -- Chris Stewart

                      -- Brian Sabourin

                      -- CJ Brownell


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Bob Okosky


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Jim Woodruff


Administrative Officers for 2015

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright


Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

Trustees   -- Dave Duquette, Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Ed Sabourin, and Tim Collins




Words to Reflect On

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” 
― John Adams





On 9/11 a group of firefighters participated in a ceremony at Brown’s Beach in coordination with an end of summer party.  The fire company requested that any funds raised during the event be donated to the Firefighters Cancer Support Network-NY.  The check being sent to the FFCSN-NY is for $500.00.  We want to thank Empire Broadcasting for the generous donation in our name.

We want to welcome new candidates, Ed Sabourin Jr. as an exterior firefighter, Trevor Wikop & Dominick Refino as interior firefighters, we can always use all the help we can get.

 Unfortunately everyone can’t respond to every alarm, so we still need members.  There is plenty to do as a volunteer including interior firefighters, exterior support firefighters and fire police.  If you are interested stop by on any Wednesday evening, Saturday mornings or email at Applications are on this web page, center section.

  There is plenty to do as a volunteer including interior firefighters, exterior support firefighters and fire police.  If you are interested stop by on any Wednesday evening, Saturday mornings or email us at  Applications are on this web page, center section.

Members celebrating birthdays this month are Jeff Nyland, Bob Okosky, and Chris Stewart.


There is no grant activity at this time.

Facility News

The Board of Commissioners continues to gather information on refurbishing station 3 on State Route 423 to make it more energy efficient.  The station was originally built in the mid 70s.


Apparatus News

Specifications for the new ETA 111 have been approved by the planning committee with one last meeting scheduled to finalize minor details.  It is hopeful the engine-tanker will go out for bid in November.  The unit will have a 1500 gpm pump, carry 1250 gallons of water and like the rest of the District’s engine-tankers will have three quick dumps.  This unit will feature dual cross lays on the front bumper and a 6” suction intake on the rear of the unit so that when a drop tank is set up it won’t block the road on the side of the truck.  It’s anticipated that the unit will be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.



Members of the fire police squad will be attending training at the Albany County Fire Police Association at the Fuller Road fire station in Colonie.

This month an ICS 200 class will be conducted internally and will be the training focus for the month of September.

Commissioners Ponzillo, and Rinaldi as well as Treasurer Maciariello and Assistant Chief Wood will be attending training sessions conducted at the Fall Workshops of the Association of Fire Districts of New York State in Ellenville, New York.  Sessions include; Training for Fire District Treasurers, Fire District Policies & Procedures, disciplinary procedures, Chief Officer Leadership and Development, purchasing practices, operating your fire district like a business, a mock fire district meeting, LOSAP Audits, driver training programs, cancer in the fire service and the ever popular attorney’s panel.  Next year’s fall program will be held in Saratoga Springs.

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.