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

The County Fire Advisory Board will meet on Monday, April 26th at 7 PM. 

Meeting location will be announced when available.

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the Members and Officers from Halfmoon Fire Department as they grieve the loss of one of their own.

                           Captain Pete Keating's arrangements are shared on the obituary link;


Volunteer Fire Police Association of Saratoga County will be holding their bi-monthly meeting on May 19th. at 7 PM. 

Meeting will be held in the rooms of Union Fire Company, No 2., located at 319 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa.  

Social Distancing Guidelines will be observed.

The Fire-Police Association now has a new web site address, www.VFPSC.org , the site is still  under construction.

The Association would like to congratulate all the Newly elected and Re-Elected Fire Chiefs for the 2021 calendar year. 

We also wish to congratulate the elected

Captains and Lieutenants.

Have a Safe Year !

Please keep the Members and Officers from Clifton Park Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers.  A life time member, James "Wally" Hassett, has left this earth to be united with the Lord.



Wally served our Country during World War II -


Served his Community with the Clifton Park Fire Department for many years.  Wally would be seen faithfully at the Monthly Sunday Breakfasts in Clifton Park.

Wally is the father of past department chief, Kenneth Hassett.


New York State Burn Ban March 16th thru May 14th

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.

If you have a member you wish to recognize on this site, feel free to send an e-mail to   scfoa.ny@gmail.com

National Public safety telecommunications week

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 11‑17

Honoring public safety telecommunicators

It's been a tough year for everyone, including public safety telecommunicators who have played such an essential role during the COVID-19 pandemic. During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2021, take a moment to tell the #HeadsetHeroes who somehow get it all done with patience, compassion and a smile on their face, “thank you!” for their vital contributions to the emergency service.

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the Members of Quaker Springs Fire Department.

James Sanders, a founding member of Quaker Springs FD, has passed away.


Firehouse Magazine Article - COVID-19 outbreak at Fire Station

April 19th Meeting

This Association will meet April 19th in

Ballston Spa.  The meeting is being hosted by 

Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Company, No 1 located 

at 35 Washington Street at Bath Street.

Meeting starts at 19:30 Hours.

Meeting Agenda -------->>

It is with regret that I share with you the passing of past department Chief Bob Hoefinger, formerly, West Charlton Fire Department.  Bob served proudly with West Charlton for over 20 years.

Our Association had just learned of Bob passing.  We send our heartfelt condolences to Bob's family, friends and colleagues.  He will be missed by all.

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 photo to the left is the refinished version of the Fire Training Center sign.  As you can see the sign has been relocated to a new location closer to the entrance roadway to the facility.

Job well done South Glens Falls Fire.

A thank you to those who donated towards the efforts of having this sign refinished.


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.

Estimated cost for this project is between $3,000 and $ 4,000.  A great portion of this is for the sign. 


Donations are being sought to help cover the projected costs.  If your agency is interested in helping, you may send donations to the South Glens Falls Fire Company, 7 W. Marion Ave., South Glens Falls, NY  12803.

Check payable to South Glens Falls Fire Company, memo: Fire Training Center Sign.



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