Stillwater Fire District
|Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company|
Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo services 2013
The annual election of the Stillwater Fire District will be held on December 12th from 6pm until 9pm at Station 1 at the corner of Campbell and Kellogg Road. One fire district Commissioner shall be elected.
Preparing for Changes In the Weather Ė Fall to WinterThe volunteers at the Arvin Hart Fire Company have been fortunate; 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 will be needed to cycle fresh crews in bad weather conditions and to keep injuries to a minimum. Additional staffing will require mutual aid assistance from local departments due to shortages especially during the week day.
As we prepare for colder temperatures we will likely be responding to chimney fires, caused by a buildup of creosote which condenses as it cools on the walls of chimneys. The creosote is a product of combustion that looks glossy and black but when it is heated to higher temperatures it explodes like popcorn blocking the vent pipe or flue. A couple of ways to avoid the buildup is regular inspection and cleaning or burning the system super hot daily to avoid long term build up and blockage.
Unfortunately if a solid fuel burning system is installed improperly it shows up after repeated heating of combustible framing that does not have proper clearance to the components of the heating system. It wonít happen immediately, it may take years, thatís why itís important to have these systems installed under a building permit, by qualified installers and follow the manufacturerís instructions without fail.
We also see an increase in CO or Carbon Monoxide detector calls as we close the house up and turn on the heating systems. While some are false alarms due to batteries or outdated sensors, many have been the result of defective heating systems. The detectors have done their job and detected an increase of deadly CO. If the detector sounds an alarm, donít be afraid to call the fire department to check it out, we donít mind short, easy calls. In New York State all both commercial and residential occupancies with fossil based HVAC systems are required to have CO detectors.
Unfortunately in recent national study smoke alarms, while perceived as important devices, are not ones that people interact with on a regular basis and are not viewed as essential to daily living as other devices, leading to a failure to install or maintain them. Smoke detectors and CO detectors can and do save lives. To date 55 of our friends, relatives and neighbors have perished in fires in one and two family dwellings in New York State, over 972 nationally.
Itís always a relief to the members of the fire department when they arrive on the scene of a working fire to hear that all residents are out of the structure, thatís what smoke detectors do, they save lives but only if they work. The problem remains for the very young and older infirm adults rarely gain benefit from smoke alarms, they canít get themselves out. Residential quick response sprinkler heads installed on the plumbing will not only save your life, itís like having the fire department parked at the house.
The M7 Fire Hawk SCBA
Air Conservation if Trapped
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.
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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.
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