Welcome to the Saratoga County Firematic Officer's web site.
The County Fire Advisory Board will meet on Monday, July 26th at 7 PM.
Meeting will be held at the Byron Baker Fire Training Center.
CDC Guidelines will be in effect.
We would like to wish Gene LaDue from Round Lake Fire a joyous farewell to his wife and he. Gene is relocating to the south.
Gene had retired from down state several years ago and relocated to the Malta area. Joining Round Lake Fire Department, Gene served on various committees and for the past few years held the rank of Fire Police Captain.
Gene, we wish you the very best in your next chapter of life.
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.
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.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
A reminder to be aware of your surroundings at the scene of incidents. The link is an news article published in Firehouse Magazine - June 29th - a Vehicle crashed into an aerial truck.
I AM THE FLAG
Please take a few moments to not only recognize our Independence, but, for those men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the very freedoms we take for granted yesterday, today and tomorrow.
We share with you a youtube video 'I am the Flag'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyKY18ivZd4
Have a safe Fourth of July weekend!
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
The Members and Officers would like to thank Desk Officer Ben Cuttita for his several years of service. Ben served as a Communications Officer for over 15 years and has chosen a new endeavor.
Best Wishes to you Ben!
Pictured Left to Right: Jeff Reisner (Retired), Ben Cuttita and George Downs.
Fireworks Safety Tips from the U.S. Fire Administration
Every year, about 10,000 people are treated for injuries in hospital emergency departments due to the mishandling of live, misfired and waste consumer fireworks1. In addition, fires resulting from fireworks cause over $100 million in direct property damage2. Many U.S. cities are seeing a surge in consumer fireworks usage by the public in 2020.
Guidance on managing fireworks
Generally, the importation, distribution and storage of fireworks defined as consumer fireworks are exempted from the provisions of the federal explosives laws. However, because they contain pyrotechnic compositions classed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as explosive materials, the manufacture of consumer fireworks requires a manufacturer’s license. In addition, pyrotechnic compositions used in the manufacture of consumer fireworks must be stored in accordance with regulations in 27 CFR Subpart K – Storage.
In July 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the memorandum Safe Handling, Storage and Treatment of Waste Fireworks. This memorandum provides information regarding the safe and legal handling, storage and treatment of waste fireworks, and responds to recommendations from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
The best way to stay safe from fireworks is to not use them. Instead, attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals.
Fireworks are dangerous to people and pets. Using them puts your property at risk.
Hand-held sparklers burn at 1,200 F. Remember, wood ignites at 356 F and burns at 575 F.