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

The County Fire Advisory Board will meet on Monday, May 31st at 7 PM. 

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

CDC Guidelines will be in effect. 

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.

51 Years ago this month (April), Firefighter Michael J. Dickinson, died in the line of duty.  FF Dickinson was a member with South Glens Falls Fire Department.

Please take a moment of remembrance for FF Dickinson and his surviving family and the members from South Glens Falls.

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.

Firehouse Magazine Article - COVID-19 outbreak at Fire Station

April 19th Meeting

Thank You Ballston Spa Fire Department - Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Company for hosting the April meeting. 

An additional THANK YOU to the kitchen staff for the meal provided after the meeting.


Our elected Officer's were sworn in during the meeting.  Hon. M. Morrissey, Ballston Spa Village Justice, officiated.

Photo Courtesy of E. Tremblay

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

Speaking of BBQ's
May 23rd - Harmony Corners Annual Spring Chicken BBQ
 BBQ Flier  -------->>>
May 6th - Rock City Falls Fire Department; Geyser Road Station.  Take Away Only!
May 8th - Broadalbin - Kennyetto FD; Pine Street.  Drive Thru Only.  BBQ Flyer  ------>

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.



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".