Stillwater Fire District

Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company

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


Holiday Fire Safety from the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Make the holiday season a happy time by practicing these safety habits.

The holidays are a time to enjoy family and friends and reflect on those thing that are the most important to each of us. There should be nothing more important than providing a safe and secure home for your family. By following these simple, but often overlooked, safety tips you will be well on your way to a safe and happy holiday season.

             1. Christmas Trees

• Artificial Trees — When purchasing an artificial tree, look for one labeled “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean the tree won’t catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.

• Selecting a Live Tree — Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches. The needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out and is a fire hazard.

• Caring for your tree — Do not place the tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for too long. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

• Disposing of the tree — Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is to take it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

      2. Decorations

• Follow the manufacturer’s instruction on how to use tree lights. Any string lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used. Never use electric lights on a metal tree. • Unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.

• Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.

• If you use candles to decorate a room, make sure they are in stable holders and placed them where they cannot be easily knocked over. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

• All holiday decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and place away from heat vents.

• Never put wrapping paper in a fireplace, it can throw off dangerous sparks and produce intense flames that can cause a chimney fire.

      3. Guests

• Keep your family and overnight guests safe with a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, in every bedroom, and in the halls adjacent to the bedrooms. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year.

• Overnight guests should be instructed on the fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home.

• Be sure to have a Carbon Monoxide detector that is tested and working.






Stillwater Fire District/Arvin Hart Fire Company

Modified Operational Policy Protocols

In Response to the:2020 Covid 19 State of Emergency

In Response to the CoVid 19 State of Emergency the fire company will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our responders and the public as the situation changes.  Our members continue to wear protective masks or practice distancing protocols as the situation dictates.  We continue to decon fire apparatus and equipment after each call as the situation warrants.


Training Minutes

The Thermal Imaging Camera

Blitzfire Deployment


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 7:00 P.M.

Board of Fire Commissioner's Meeting -- 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M.



Firefighting isn’t for everyone, volunteering is – 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

NY Fire Fighter’s Cancer Support Network

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

NOAA's National Weather Service

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency


NY Alert

American Airboats

Empire Chemical Sales 


Shakerley Truck Sales

Stillwater Fire District e-mail login


Cancer Gap Coverage








Commissioners and Officers

Board of Fire Commissioner's for 2021

Anthony Ponzillo; Tom Rinaldi; Nick Maciariello; Bill Ritter;  Bob Carson; Jason Urdang; Barb Comitale;


Line Officers for 2021

Chief            -- Bob Wood

Deputy        -- Dave Dunn

Assistant     -- Zach Zendran

Captains      -- Rick Hopeck

                     -- R J Laurenzo

                     -- CJ Brownell

Lieut.           -- Jason Urdang

                      -- John Ballard

                      -- Sean Ritter


Fire Police Capt.

                      -- Bill Valosin


Fire Police Lt.

                      -- vacant


Administrative Officers for 2021

President -- Lisa Laurenzo

V.P.            -- Nick Maciariello

Treasurer -- Jaclyn Thomas



                   -- Chris Wright

Correspondence Secretary

                   -- Tiffani Murray

Sergeant at Arms

                   -- Bill Ritter

Trustees   -- Dave Duquette, Jason Urdang, Jeff Nyland, Brian Sabourin, and Tim Collins


Words to Reflect On

Mask up, wash up, stay the course and stay safe.







We want to welcome new members: Josh Houck, Jason Kneaskern, and Mike Gaudette to the fire company. As of this time the fire company has 56 members.


The need that we really have is for fire police members.  If you are interested in contributing to your community, stop by on any Wednesday evening and talk to an officer about fire police responsibilities.

When in the fire station, masks are a must.  When on the Apparatus, masks are a must.

The members of the department continue to limit close contact when possible.



Fire District Board meetings are being held in the large meeting room observing distancing protocols.



We have applied for the Global Foundries community grant to fund equipment for our swift water rescue trained members.  The goal is to construct a swift water response team in conjunction with trained members of the Mechanicville Fire Department.  We await a decision from the Town of Stillwater.

Facility News

The reconstruction of Station 3 is complete and we have moved equipment and personnel back in.  Due to the CoVid situation the District has chosen not to host a public grand opening event, perhaps in the near future when conditions improve.

After several years of discussion the sidewalk and the door have been replaced on the west side of Station 1 on Campbell Road, the door worked intermittently and was rusting, the sidewalk was cracked and raised every winter interfering with operation of the door.


Apparatus News

Our new water rescue support unit is now in service pulling the air boat.  All the equipment has been transferred to the new unit.

After the first of the year the Board will discuss the district’s apparatus replacement plan.




Training has resumed on a limited basis on Wednesday evenings.  CoVid 19 sanitizing protocols are in place and practiced at all training sessions.

On-line courses are available from some sources particularly ESIP Insurance, consult and register on their website at:

At the County Training Center

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


FireRescue 1


Firehouse Magazine


Fire Engineering


ICS Training Resources






Mission Statement:


Service – Trust – Honor –Ethics