Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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



*** Please Note ***


The August monthly meeting of the Stillwater Fire District Board of Commissioners has been changed to Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM.  Thanks and see you then!





If you are going to burn other than a camp fire, you will need to apply for a burn permit from the Town of Stillwater Department of Building and Planning.  Burn permits are copied to the fire department and posted to every member.  If you donít have a burn permit and the fire department is called we will extinguish the fire.  Nothing except sticks, branches, ordinary wood etc is to be burned, any other materials such as mattresses, furniture, plastics etc will be subject to fines by DEC.  Several area residents have been to court so far this year for burning unapproved material.  Very often County Communications will dispatch a police agency and DEC to a suspected illegal burn condition.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Itís very unusual for a CO Detector to activate during the summer months, but it can happen.  Treat it as a real incident but understand that CO detectors have a defined sensor life, usually 5 to 7 years, after which they may false alarm on a regular basis.  There is normally a build date on the back of the detector.  If your windows are open and the detector goes off take the usual precautions and have the condition checked.

 Downed Power Lines

Very often during the summer months we respond to a number of incidents involving downed power lines, due to either accidents or storm related damage.  Be aware, DO NOT approach downed lines, they may still be alive and if so can kill you.  Stay back away from downed lines and be cautious if the are in trees, across fences or guard rails, the electricity can charge these items and have deadly consequences.  Never presume a power line is dead!!  Take a look around your home, if there are tree branches over hanging the power lines coming into the home consider trimming them back, please have a professional perform this task due to the dangers of electrocution.



Upcoming Events

Aug 7 Turning Point parade Schuylerville
Aug 10 FASNY Convention, Colonie NY
Aug 14 Battle Day Parade, Bennington Vt



August Training Minute


Training Focus of the Month

Since we are getting a lot of new ones, letís look at Hydrants

Forcible Entry for Garage & Roll up Doors


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


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 2016

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 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.

                      -- Paul Macey


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- Bill Valosin


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

Law is order, and good law is good order. Aristotle





The fire company recently paid homage to Larry Rinaldi a 62 year member and last living Charter Member upon his death.  The members of the fire company turned out in grand fashion to pay their respects to a member who had given so many years.  In a moving tribute the funeral procession passed the fire station where the American Flag hung from Mechanicvilleís ladder truck, R10-3 stood silent and boots and coat sat on a chair denoting his last alarm.  As a tribute a last alarm announcement was made by Fire Comm and the siren blew the last time for Larry.  He will be missed.

If you see the following members, please wish them a happy birthday; Calvin Koval 8/4.

We want to welcome new members Dan Dunn, Veronica and Chris Miron, Barbara Hardcastle, Danielle Stables and Deborah Hagadorn.

Justine Ruggiero has left the fire company and moved back to his hometown in Scotia, NY, we wish him all the best.

For anyone applying there is a process that needs to be followed which may take up to 90 days to complete.  Unfortunately as new members apply, we lose other members for various reasons.  The fire service today experiences an average 5 year turnover rate, as a result we are always in need of new members.  If you want a challenge, if you want to serve your community and if you want to keep your taxes low, please consider serving as a volunteer firefighter.  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 painting and epoxy floor at Station 2 on George Thompson Road is well underway and we hope to be moving back into the station soon.

The Townís water tower project appears to be progressing at Station 2 also.

NYSERDAís energy audit has revealed that the District will save a significant amount of money both short and long term by switching to energy efficient LED lighting in several locations, the District has voted to make those changes to all of the fire stations.


Apparatus News

Our new Engine-Tanker ETA 11-1 will soon be under construction, the pre-construction letter has been approved by KME and the final build specifications have been sent to the production group for the start of the build process.  We anticipate delivery in the Spring of 2017.


The members continue to train at least two days a week, Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.  On Saturdays, breakfast is provided and we want to take this opportunity to thank Paul Macey for his dedication in the fire station kitchen almost every Saturday.  If anyone would like to perform a guest cook appearance on any Saturday, please let us know.

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.