Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
Don't Make Headlines
If a fire occurs at your home, first of all it would be easier to
identify if a number were posted where it was visible from the road,
on the sides of the mailbox or on a separate sign. Often the number
is posted on the door of the mailbox where it is impossible to see.
The second issue is the driveway leading to the house. Where homes
are located off the road the drive should be at least 12í wide, even
when snow is piled on both sides. The other issue we have is long
or steep driveways that are impossible to navigate in the winter due
to ice or snow. While our trucks have automatic tire chains they
donít solve all the problems. If you have built a home that may be
beyond the capability of the fire department to reach you have two
options, purchase sufficient insurance to cover the full loss or
install a residential sprinkler system which is built in as part of
the plumbing system.
Fires continue to make headlines where family members perish, we
often wonder, did they have smoke detectors, did they work, why
didnít they escape. One thing that is constant is that the report
is often worded where the fire department arrived on the scene but
were unable to make entry for rescue, they were driven back by heave
fire and smoke. We all need to understand that with the furnishings
and finishes we have in our homes, fires burn hotter and faster.
Most of our furniture and finishes are plastic based which means
they were manufactured with petroleum products Ė oil. If you have
smoke detectors you must make sure they operate and when they do,
you have little time to escape Ė just 90 seconds. The other
mitigating equipment, like parking a fire truck in your home, is
residential sprinklers. When constructing a new home $1.00 a square
foot is a small price to pay for the safety of your family and
pets. The added bonus is damage is limited. If you are concerned
about water damage if there is a fire normally one head controls the
fire and allows you time to escape, if we arrive on the scene to
fight the fire our smallest hose discharges 150 gallons a minute
compared to 16 or less gallons per minute for a single sprinkler
head. Itís your choice. If no one is injured or dies and if the
house doesnít burn down, there are no headlines.
Old Timerís Banquet Ė Station 1
National Park preplan tour
March Training Minutes
Training Focus of the Month
Fire Extinguisher Use
Residential Fire Sprinklers
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
Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.
The following members are having birthdays in March;
Bill Velsoin the 7th, John Bellard the 27th, Jim
Woodruff the 11th, Jason Urdang the 21st and Tim Scrom
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, weíll 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
Our new ETA is still under construction we have
recently gotten word that we will be traveling to
KME in Pennsylvania in the near future for the
mid-point inspection, the body has been joined with
the cab and chassis and the truck will be entering
the final phase of construction. Delivery is still
anticipated in early April.
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.
Our three probationary members are still in
class in Wilton attending the Basic Fire
Operations portion of the FireFighter 1 couse.
Continued good luck to Veronica, Chris and Dan.
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