Welcome to the Saratoga County Firematic Officer's web site.

The County Fire Advisory Board will meet on Monday, June 28th at 7 PM. 

Meeting will be held at the Byron Baker Fire Training Center.

CDC Guidelines will be in effect. 

The Association will be meeting on June 21st at 7:30 PM.

The meeting will be held in the rooms of the Wilton Fire Department located on Ballard Road.

 

Guest Speaker will be Deputy Ken Cooper from the County Sheriff's Department. 

Vital Signs Conference

Vital Signs Conference in Saratoga Springs

The State EMS Vital Signs Conference will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY from November 11-14, 2021.

 

 A virtual educator day is also scheduled for June 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – a great opportunity for CLIs and CICs who need credits for instructor certification renewals.

Open Burning Prohibitions

Open burning is prohibited in New York, with several exceptions:

  • Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width or diameter are allowed.

  • Small cooking fires are allowed.

  • Fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished.

  • Only charcoal or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned.

  • Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed.

In towns with a total population less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush). However, this is not allowed from March 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires.

The practice of burning large piles of brush collected from local residents at town or county transfer sites is prohibited. The individual landowners in small towns may burn their brush on site as discussed above. Downed limbs and branches generated at a transfer site are also allowed to be burned on site with the same restrictions

See Section 215.3 (link leaves DEC's website) for a full list of exceptions.

Please note: While most firewood must be untreated, some firewood is heat treated (kiln dried) to control invasive insect species if it is to be transported over 50 miles. Heat treated firewood is not intended to be prohibited. However, the burning of chemically treated wood such as pressure-treated lumber and plywood is prohibited.

Do Not Burn Household Trash

  • Burning trash is prohibited statewide in all cases. Our existing incinerator rule already prohibits burning household trash in wood stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor wood boilers.

  • DEC recommends that you recycle all appropriate materials (such as newspaper, paper, glass and plastic) and compost your organic kitchen and garden waste.

  • Burning leaves also is banned in New York State. We encourage you to compost leaves.

  • Disposal of flags or religious items in a small-sized fire is allowed if it is not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

A note from the State Fire Chief's Association.

This is the first time the NYSAFC conference has been canceled since 1917 and 1918, when it was called off due to World War I. More than a century later, our event continues to grow and thrive, so we know we will make it to the other side of this pandemic stronger. Although we're all disappointed that FIRE 2020 has been canceled, the Annual Conference & FIRE Expo will be back, bigger and better than ever at the Oncenter in  Syracuse from July 14th - 17th, 2021. Registration will be opening soon. We look forward to seeing you there! Until then, stay safe and healthy.

In Memoriam

The Members and Officer's wish to extend our prayers to the family of Percy Smith.  Percy died in the line of duty on June 12, 1946.  At the time of his untimely death, Percy served with the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Department.

Please take a moment to include Percy, his surviving family and the members of the Jonesville Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers.

Firehouse Magazine Article - COVID-19 outbreak at Fire Station

May 5th - A new tab has been created announcing the passing of area colleagues.  Click on the "Firefighter Tab" then scroll down to "In Memoriam".

From the U.S. Fire Administration

Fire departments across the country are increasingly being called upon to respond to WUI fires, including brush, grass, forest fires or other outdoor fires. You may believe that you don't have a WUI problem, and that WUI fires only occur in western states, but more than 46 million residences in 70,000 communities in the United States are at risk for WUI fires.

The WUI is the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development. It is the line, area or zone where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels. Communities adjacent to and surrounded by wildland are at varying degrees of risk from wildfires.

BBQ     Grilling    Safety    Tips

Although many continue to grill outdoors during the winter months, majority of folks break out the BBQ grills as the nice weather breaks out for the season.  Below are some grilling safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration.

Place your grill at least 3 feet from the siding, deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches.

Only light a gas grill with the lid open.

Use long-handled utensils and grill mitts when using your grill to prevent burns