Photos compliments of Bob Eastman owner of Ground Aerial photo
Station 1 Campbell Road
Noon to 4 PM
April 29, 2017
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 12’ 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
don’t 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
didn’t 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 – oil. If you have
smoke detectors you must make sure they operate and when they do,
you have little time to escape – 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. It’s your choice. If no one is injured or dies and if the
house doesn’t burn down, there are no headlines.
April Training Minutes
Training Focus of the Month
Using the TIC for Searching
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
The Arvin Hart Fire Company and the Stillwater Fire
Districts extends its deepest sympathies to the family
of long time fire fighter Ed Sabourin. Ed was a fixture
in the fire company with his wit and contributions as
the Station 4 apparatus operator. We always had fun
when Ed was in the crowd, he is another member who will
be missed when we walk in the station.
The following members are having birthdays in April;
Paul Macey 5th, & RJ Laurenzo 18th.
Congratulations to Dan Dunn, Veronica and Chris Miron on
completing the Basic Fire Operations Course and good
luck as you move on to the FF1 Course. Congratulations
to Dan Dunn on his appointment to the County Desk
Officer’s position at communications we know you will do
well, just watch what you say on the radio.
Welcome to new members Jake Foley and Jean Williamson to
the Arvin Hart family. Thank you for contributing to
your community through the fire service.
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
If you have passed the fire station on George
Thompson Road the most predominate feature is the 1m
gallon water tank that has risen behind the
station. The tank has been completely constructed
and is now awaiting nice weather for painting.
We’re hoping they paint it like a hot air balloon or
perhaps in the likeness of an alien space craft.
There are odds as to what color it will be…perhaps
some shade of blue or gray?
The District has purchased new parking lot stations
for the lot at station one to prevent lazy drivers
from passing through the parking lot to avoid the
stop sign. As soon as it decides to stop snowing
the stations will be put in place. Not only is it
illegal to pass through the lot to avoid the sign,
it’s dangerous if firefighters are entering the
parking lot from the other direction. Anyone caught
passing through the lot is subject to ticketing.
Our new ETA-111 has entered its final stages of
construction. A group will travel to the KME
factory on April 13th to perform a final
comprehensive inspection. The inspection involves a
complete review of the specifications to insure that
the truck has been built accordingly. After any
punch list items the truck is driven to the KME
factory facility in Latham where final preparations
and tool mounting will take place. We expect to
take delivery of the unit by the end of April. Once
accepted and paid for, training will begin on the
unit which will be placed at Station 2 on George
Our old ETA is up for sale with some interested
parties. Any proceeds from the sale of the truck
will be reinvested in the District’s apparatus
reserve fund. The next unit to be replaced is the
1999 water rescue support unit used to stow
equipment and to tow the air boat. The current
platform for the vehicle is an 18 year old used
As mentioned earlier three of our probationary
members have completed and passed the Basic Fire
Operations course at Wilton. Two of the members
will go on to the Fire Fighter 1 course, one
took a job with the Sheriff’s department
disrupting his training and will have to
complete the course at another time.
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
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Consistently delivering the best possible services to
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in the safest manner possible.
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before, during and after emergencies.
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