Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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





The Fire District reorganizational meeting will be held on January 9th at 7:30 PM at the main fire station board room.  Meetings for 2017 will be held the second Monday of each month unless otherwise posted.  Changes will be posted to this web site.


Winter in the Fire District

The members of the Arvin Hart Fire Company have been fortunate although we have seen an increase in calls this year, most have not been serious.  We know that our summerlike weather will not last forever and cold weather fire fighting challenges include, frozen water lines, pumps, nozzles, hydrants, gauges on the apparatus, lack of footing on walkways and ladders, frozen equipment, fire fighter fatigue, frozen air pack components and soft tissue injuries such as frostbite.  Additional fire fighters are needed to cycle fresh crews during the event and to keep injuries to a minimum, this will require mutual aid assistance from local departments due to staffing shortages especially during the day.

During the winter the fire hydrants can become buried.  If they do, would you please grab a couple of friends, some hot chocolate and go out and dig them out?  A three by three area around the hydrant will help us tremendously.  We don’t always have a lot of staff, so to find a hydrant then to dig it out takes a lot of valuable time, which we don’t have in the case of a structure fire.  Usually the hydrant person has to find the hydrant, dig it out and hook up the supply line that links with the fire pumper.  It takes a lot of time and energy.  If there are hydrants in your neighborhood, please adopt a hydrant and help keep it clear.

Are you aware of how long you have to get out your home after the smoke alarm goes off?  Just 90 seconds – 90 seconds, practice it!  The public needs to begin to realize that there are several things working against you with homes, especially new homes; many are designed with an open floor plan which allows fire to spread much faster from one area to another, the exterior of many homes is covered with polypropylene siding better known as vinyl siding which will spread fire very quickly on the exterior of the home and into the attic area, homes are filled with items made of petroleum based plastics which give off toxic fumes which will ignite in a flashover at high temperatures.  Many of the fatalities in residential fires are the very young, older adults or people with disabilities.  Although the smoke detector may go off, these residents are unable to evacuate themselves quickly enough.  Older adults represent 14% of our nation’s population but suffered 36% of all fire deaths.  Make darn sure your smoke detectors are operating properly.



Upcoming Events

Jan 9 Reorganizational Meeting
Jan 18 Company Annual Audit
Feb 11 Installation Banquet



January Training Minutes


Training Focus of the Month


Rescue Methods and Fire Rescue1:  Hybrid Vehicle Shut Down

Tactical Considerations for Extinguishing Fires in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles


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 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

The new year stands before us like a chapter in a book waiting to be written.  We can help write that story by setting goals.

Melody Beattie





Congratulations to all of the officers who have been re-elected to their positions, it was an uneventful and very quick annual meeting – no changes.

Congratulations to Anthony Ponzillo and to Bob Carson who have been re-elected to positions on the Board of Commissioners.

Members celebrating their birthdays in January are:  A/C Dave Dunn on the 23rd, Bill Purcell on the 9th, Chief Zach Zendran on the 14th (watch out -- the 2nd fifty is a bitch Chief).

We have two new candidates that we wish to welcome Charlie Dyer and his son Charlie Dyer III.  They will be going through the application process but are already trained at a high level.  Welcome aboard to the Arvin Hart family: it’s a crazy one but we like it.

We have three candidates beginning the BFO/FF1 course in Wilton, Veronica Miron, Chris Miron and Dan “Ditto” Dunn.  We wish them all the best and thank them for stepping up.

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, we’ll give you a head start.  Apply today!  Write to us at


No activity at this time, the SAFER grant period will be opening soon.

Facility News

It appears that construction has stopped for the winter on the space craft that landed behind Station 2 on George Thompson Road.  That is going to be one big water tank; 1M gallons.  The station will be hooked up next year as construction continues on the Town water system.


Apparatus News

The experiment with replacing LED headlamps on our fleet has been a huge success, the ability to see more and see farther on ETA-102 has made night driving much safer.  We will be changing over the rest of fleet.  The new ETA expected in April, will have LED headlights from the factory.

Our new ETA is well under construction, pictures are available on the Fire Company page showing the progress.  We now have a cab, chassis, wheels and is drivable.  The body is also in production and will be joined to the chassis in the near future.  We will likely be heading back to KME in February to review what has been done and what remains to be done.  We had some issues with leg room with the inside cabinet which we are working out with KME.


County - The Rules Have Changed…The Firefighter’s Guide to Lightweight Wood Construction starts at Malta Ridge Station 1 on February 13, Pre-register by calling Ed Tremblay @ 884-4702 and leave name, phone number and agency affiliation or e-mail registration information to:

A number of training opportunities are currently available from fire service organizations such as FASNY, State Chiefs, OFPC and County OES.  Training opportunities provided through the county are posted on the board in the apparatus bay.  Other training opportunities can be seen on the web sites of the other major fire service organizations.

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.