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 Winter

The 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  While some are false alarms due to batteries or outdated sensors, many have been the result of defective heating systems.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.


Training Minutes


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.



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



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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.


Related Links:

Intellicast Weather Page

NY Fire Fighterís 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



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 2017

Anthony Ponzillo, Chairman; Tom Rinaldi Apparatus Committee; Nick Maciariello,  Treasurer; Bill Ritter, Apparatus Committee;  Bob Carson Facilities Committee; Barb Comitale, Secretary/Deputy Treasurer


Line Officers for 2017

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 2017

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






The Arvin Hart Fire Co is in need of volunteers and especially those who would like to serve as fire police.  There are requirements for membership as well as training requirements for fire police since they are sworn peace officers while on duty.  If you would like to volunteer please email us at or stop by on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings when we train.


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Facility News

All facility projects have been finished for the season.  We will be in preparation for winter mode.  Much was accomplished this year.  We will continue to maintain your fire protection facilities.


Apparatus News


The officers have outlined a basic concept for the proposed water rescue support unit and work to turn those concepts into a specification for bid.


Saturday training has resumed and is off to a busy start.  The company members as well as mutual aid departments were provided a class on initial fire attack by FDNY firefighter Scott Hickey.  The class included both classroom time and hands on training at the county fire training center.

Stop by and have a cup of coffee with us, we always like talking about our fire company.

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.  Many of these courses have been revised and some new subjects have been added. 

Training Resource Links:

Local Training


FireRescue 1


Firehouse Magazine


Fire Engineering


ICS Training Resources


Emergency Response Guidebook Training

Emergency Response Guidebook 2016




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  • 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.