Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
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!
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.
Company Annual Audit
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
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.
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.
Intellicast Weather Page
Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
Firehouse.com - 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
Association of Fire Districts of the
Saratoga Co Fire Officers
National Weather Service
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
NYS -- OEM
Groundaerial web site
Empire Chemical Sales
Shakerley Truck Sales
District e-mail login
Additional Training Resource Links:
New Developments in Fire Service
Get on Board with Fire Service
Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2017
Ponzillo, Chairman; Mike Handerhan, Facilities Committee;
Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee;
Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus
Committee; Bob Carson Facilities Committee;
Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer
Line Officers for 2017
Captains -- Rick Hopeck
R J Laurenzo
Administrative Officers for 2017
V.P. -- Nick Maciariello
-- 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
on E-Learning. The access code is on the Watch
Desk Book in the radio room.
Training Resource Links:
ICS Training Resources
Emergency Response Guidebook Training
Recruiting, cultivating, and retaining the highest quality
diverse membership that remains committed to our mission and
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
Developing future leaders in the fire protection and
emergency management community worldwide.
Encouraging innovative, forward-thinking strategies to reach