Welcome to the Saratoga County Firematic Officer's Associations web site.
On September 17th, Sheriff Mike Zurlo issued a press release announcing the 6th annual Convoy for Tots to support and raise awareness for the Capital Region's Toys for Tots.
Last year, over 28,000 toys had been collected to be distributed to children less fortunate during the Christmas Holiday Season.
When will this year's Convoy be held: Sunday, November 24th.
What Time ? Line-up is at 9 AM
Departure Time ? Convoy leaves at 10 AM
Where is the Line-up ? Ballston Spa High School Campus, 220 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa
Where does the Convoy end ? Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) - East 50 Lot, Saratoga Springs
Questions or Inquiries? Contact Director of Communications, Steve Gordon at Saratoga County Sheriff's Office
First Responder of the Month
Congratulations to Captain CJ Brownell of the Arvin Hart Fire Company for being selected as the First Responder of the Month.
CJ also serves his Community as a Sheriff's Deputy with Saratoga County and Police Patrolman with Stillwater Town Police.
It is with deep regret to share with you the death of an ICON at Jonesville Fire Department, Richard (Dick) Horstman. The years of acknowledging fire calls during the days of low band radio. "WQW-518 is on Fire Control"
I had the honor of seeing Dick at Jonesville's 100th year anniversary banquet this past January.
Wake and Funeral arrangements can be viewed here ---->
South Glens Falls Fire Department is in the process of obtaining pricing to have the sign at the County Fire Training Center refurbished.
Along with having the sign refurbished, the project team would like to have new landscaping placed.
With the potential of a new training building to be built, it would be a nice fit to have the sign refurbished with new landscaping welcoming all to the Byron Baker Fire Training Center.
Details will be shared as soon as the Committee provides them, in the mean time, donations are being sought to help cover the projected costs.
More will be posted as it becomes available.
College Tuition Assistance
If you are an active firefighter and plan to attend college or currently enrolled in college, FASNY offers college tuition assistance of up to $ 1,500.
Click on the PDF icon for further details ---->
Please keep the Family of David Catallo and the Waterford Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers. David who also served during World War II has gone to his resting place.
The link has wake and funeral information: https://memorial.brendesefuneralhome.com/david-catallo/3991932/index.php
2019 Meeting Calendar
December 13th - Panza's Restaurant @ 6 PM
Then & Now ! New & Old !
Old and New Photo's are being solicited. Do you have any old company / department photo's of fire calls, car crashes, parades, that you are willing to scan and send to the Association ?
We are looking for photo's from the past and photo's of today's firefighting and rescues to put on display at the Chief's booth next year.
We are also going to have a video produced with the old photo's and any video you may have as well.
If you are willing to help, please e-mail your photo's to SCFOA.NY@gmail.com. Please include agency name, contributor and a brief description of the photo(s). Your help is greatly appreciated.
Happy Birthday Smokey the Bear !
This year Smokey the Bear turns 75 years old.
Click on the link to read more about Smokey the Bear,
compliments of PBS and The Bugle Magazine.
Batteries for the G4 & G5 Pagers
A Message passed on from the County Fire Coordinator (October 2019):
Unication is issuing a voluntary public recall of Lithium-Polymer Batteries that shipped with G4/G5 Pagers between January 2016 and October 2017. This recall will not affect batteries that shipped after October 1st, 2017. Most Polymer batteries have already been removed from circulation through warranty and customer replacement. The primary purpose of this recall is to remove all remaining polymer batteries from the market.
For full details on this recall, please download the Recall Notice and visit the website page at the links provided below
Download Full Recall Notice: http://bit.ly/recallnoticeOct2019
Visit Recall Website: https://www.unicationusa.com/battery-recall
The Mesothelioma Justice Network has shared their website for our brothers and sisters in the Fire Service. Here is what they have to say;
"Our website and everyone involved with it are dedicated to improving the overall quality of life for individuals who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. We strive to be one of the top comprehensive and educational resources online to help support sick patients and their families. Firefighters are one of the highest at-risk occupations to asbestos exposure, making our mission ever more important to raise awareness to this specific group of brave individuals.
Our mission is to be the leading online resource for victims suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Would you help us raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos by adding our firefighter specific resource below to help bring awareness to this tough topic which has a direct effect to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to keep our communities safe?"
For more information, visit their website --->
Please keep Ray Zurich from Schuylerville Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers. Ray is going through rehab currently.
Thank a Veteran !!
November 11th is observed as Veteran's Day. Many men and women have sacrificed during conflict to allow our Country as well as others to have the very freedoms we enjoy today.
Many service men and women have survived conflict and live amongst us daily, some living what we may consider a normal life and some with minor to severe medical issues.
Please keep these men and women in your thoughts and prayers daily and asking for protection to those who are currently serving, away from their beloved families, serving in not so plush conditions.
Be sure to say thank you to a Veteran for his or her service. A simple thank you goes a long way for them.