Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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




Cold Water Rescue Training

Even though we havenít seen much ice this year, the members of Arvin Hart managed to find some and play in the water.   In spite of the fact weíve had a mild winter the members at Arvin Hart still manage to keep their skills sharp.  The members work in a controlled area to practice ice rescue operations reviewing standard operating guide lines and working with the equipment.  The company has requested some new equipment to replace some aging personal flotation devices and a variety of other water rescue items.  We have also a new stokes basket which is a ridged stretcher or basket designed to be used where there are obstacles to moving a patient or other hazards such as a confined space, on slopes, in wooded terrain or in water.

 During cold water rescue operations, the firefighters operate according to a set of guidelines to insure the safety of the responders and those being rescued.  The fire company works with other mutual aid companies who have similar equipment, to support each otherís operations.  For ice water rescue operations Round Lake Hose Company assists Arvin Hart, during warm water rescue operations on Saratoga Lake, Malta Ridge Fire Department assists Arvin Hart.  If additional resources are needed there are other departments that can be summoned including Quaker Spring and Ballston Lake.  Fire Departments in the County have been sharing resources since the beginning of the fire service.




Upcoming Events

Feb 6 Air Boat Ops
Feb 15 Saratoga Co Fire Officers Meeting  Sta 1
Feb 24 Air Boat Ops
Feb 29 Officers Meeting
Feb 29 Fire Advisory Board Mgt
Mar 16 Building Construction
Mar 26 Old Timers Dinner Sta 1



January Training Focus


Training Focus of the Month

Electric Vehicle Safety Training Preview

Bloodborne Pathogens for the First Responder

HAZWOPER First Responder Awareness


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 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

"Things get better because we make them better. Things go wrong when we get too comfortable, when we fail to take risks or seize the opportunity."
― Susan Rice





If you see the following members in February wish them a happy birthday, Nick Ahearn 10th, Nick Brady 13th, Dave Duquette 7th, Ponzi 25th, Ed Sabourin Jr. 27th, and Bob Wood on the 9th.

Everyone had an enjoyable evening at the Hall of Springs at this yearís Installation Banquet.  Music was supplied by Joes Boys featuring on a couple of songs, Kim Zendran the Chiefís wife.  We congratulate all of the newly sworn officers and thank those who served the fire company last year.  Some special awards were given out and everyone had a good laugh.  Jason Urdang introduced the Blown Away T shirts in reference to our new air boat.  The committee has already started to plan for the 2017 banquet our 63rd.

The Arvin Hart Fire Company is always looking for new members.  There are a number of ways you can serve your community, as an interior firefighter, as an exterior firefighter and as a member of the Fire Police squad.  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 Commissioners toured all of the stations and listed a number of deficiencies that need to be repaired.  The goal is to provide regular maintenance to prevent the fixed assets from deteriorating.  It was noted the a number of serious deficiencies were found at station 3 which was built in 1973 as a 20 year building.  The front of the building near the front entry door is completely rusted away.  The Board will continue to look at options for the building.  The first step is to survey the land to positively identify the boundaries.  The station is used to house apparatus and is used by the public for voting. Some of the upgrades that would be required are accessible entry and bathrooms, an oil water separator and an upgraded septic system.  The Board will continue to explore options.


Apparatus News

The bids were received for the new ETA 11-1 from KME and Toyne.  The apparatus committee is reviewing the bids using a 14 page matrix which compares bid submissions against the Districtís specifications.  A recommendation will be made to the full board at the February 1st meeting.  All apparatus is continually being inspected and maintenance items are continually addressed.



The new task book based training has been instituted for all new members.  The training is based on the Best Practices for training recently published by OFPC.  Integrated into the training are the OSHA/PESH requirements.

The members continue to train at least two days a week, Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.

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.