Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
Annual Report for 2016
The volunteer members of the Arvin Hart Fire Company responded to
161 calls for assistance in 2016. Among the calls, there were 21
fires in structures, 11 wildland fires, 24 motor vehicle accidents,
9 carbon monoxide alarm activations, 12 EMS assist calls, 15 boat
rescue calls, 3 hazardous condition calls, 28 service calls, 5 good
intent calls where no action was necessary, 2 malicious false alarms
and 31 accidental false alarms. The members invested 1687 man hours
on duty responding to calls and 5336 man hours training. 2017 was a
busy year for the volunteers compared to past years, the number of
responses has increased but this was the first year in many where we
had no vehicle fires reported. The
members responded to 41 mutual aid calls to other departments and
received mutual aid from other departments 13 times. Mutual aid
calls are normally required during the week day hours due to
800Mhz Radio Operations
Old Timer’s Banquet – Station 1
National Park preplan tour
February Training Minutes
Training Focus of the Month
How to use the Drager CO monitor
Ground Ladder Tips
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
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the
privilege to be free.
Charles E. Hughes
Our sincere sympathy to the Ody family on George’s
passing. George was a dedicated member of the fire
company serving several years as a fire policeman. We
will miss George.
It has been an honor and privilege to work with Saratoga
County Fire Car 2, Deputy Fire Coordinator Paul Parker.
Paul has been a knowledgeable partner and a friend to
every member of this fire company. We will miss Paul as
he retires from his position after 10 years. We wish
him well in whatever he does and we want him to know the
door is always open, come join us at the kitchen table.
Stay safe Chief.
The fire company wishes to welcome two new members,
Charles Dyer Jr and Charles Dyer III, they will be
responding to Station 2 on George Thompson Road. We
would also like to welcome back Paul Okosky who has
rejoined the company after a short leave of absence.
All three fire fighters are experienced and trained as
interior fire fighters. Our ranks have swelled by 6
members over the last few months which is phenomenal.
Say happy birthday to those celebrating in February:
Nick Ahearn on the 10th, Nick Brady on the 13th, Dave
Duquette on the 7th, Bob Wood on the 9th.
Good luck to the members going through the Basic Fire
Operations course in Wilton, Veronica Miron, Chris Miron
and Dan Dunn.
We have had a couple more candidates make application to
the fire company which we will be considering at
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 ends on
Contrary to popular opinion the construction
continues on the 1m gallon water tank behind Station
2 on George Thompson Road, it looks like a space
ship has landed. We suggest it be painted like a
hot air balloon.
The facilities committee is exploring the addition
of gutters on the west side of station 1 where the
roof melts on the sidewalk creating hazardous
Single Gas Carbon Monoxide meters have been placed
in the three chief’s cars.
Our new ETA continues to be under construction, we
have gotten word that the cab and chassis are built
and the apparatus body is under construction. The
inspection team will be making another trip to
Pennsylvania soon to review the build to date and
make sure equipment being added in the future is
The Fire District will need to start considering
replacement of their smaller support vehicles.
Chiefs Car 10 is now 7 years old, the utility pickup
U-112 is 18 years old and U-113 used as a water
rescue support unit is also 18 years old.
There are several courses being offered in the
Capital Area by the various fire service
organizations, State Chiefs, FASNY and Fire
Districts. In addition the County is offering a
number of courses to keep the firefighters
informed and safe.
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