Propane leak forces evacuation

20 Feb

By Charlie Kraebel,;,@Charlie_Kraebel on Twitter

POSTED: 02/07/14, 6:08 PM EST | UPDATED: 1 WEEK, 5 DAYS AGO

WILTON >> Homes and businesses within a half-mile radius of AmeriGas on Commerce Drive in Wilton were evacuated Friday evening after a 17,000 gallon propane tank sprung a leak.

Wilton Fire Chief Bill Morgan said no one was hurt or hospitalized as a result of the leak. He said the remaining gas was being transferred to nearby tanks at the site.

Morgan said crews were unable to repair the valve on the leaking tank, which was scheduled to be reconditioned. He said cold temperatures were helping with offloading efforts because it slowed the leak.

Morgan said officers from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and state police were going door-to-door after Wilton town officials ordered an evacuation. State Department of Transportation guidelines state that residences and businesses within a half-mile radius of such a leak be evacuated, while others living within a one-mile radius of the event be notified.

Dimmick Road between Gurn Springs and Edie roads was shut down. An emergency shelter was set up at the Wilton Fire Station on Ballard Road.

Morgan said several fire departments and EMS services were called in to assist, primarily to provide adequate water in case of a fire. There are no fire hydrants near the scene of the leak, he said.

Morgan said AmeriGas has not had a history of having propane leaks at its Wilton location, and the facility hasn’t had any code violations.

Congratulations to our FF2 Graduates!

28 Aug

Congratulations to:

  • Firefighter Mike Hewitt

  • Junior Firefighter Bob Griffin

  • Junior Firefighter Jake Beaudet

Please congratulate these guys on their success and committment to the Wilton Fire Department!

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New FF1 Fall Class Announcement

26 Aug



Firefighter I

As the initial entry program for firefighting personnel, Firefighter I introduces firefight­ing concepts, practices and techniques nec­essary for success within the fire service.

Based on the Firefighter Level I objectives from NFPA Standard 1001, this course de­velops knowledge, skills and abilities based on performance criteria for the following topics: fire department organization, fire­fighter safety, fire behavior, personal protec­tive equipment, self-contained breathing ap­paratus, fire extinguishers, building searches, forcible entry, ground ladders, ventilation, hose practices, fire streams, and loss control. The course consists of performance criteria in: incident command, building construc­tion, ropes/knots, rescue procedures, forc­ible entry applications, ventilation practices, fire extinguisher applications, suppression of structural fires, tactics, vehicle suppres­sion, water supply, loss control, fire cause determination, fire department communi­cations, fire suppression systems, hazard­ous materials, weapons of mass destruction, confined space safety and fire prevention practices.


Location:         Maple Ave Fire Station

Instructor:       P.J Champagne

Time:               7 pm – 10 pm weeknights

4 hour sessions.

                        Sat./ Sun. Sessions (x2) 8 am – 4 pm (+/- depending on units)


Dates:              September 9, 10, 12, 16, 21×2, 23, 24, 26, 28×2

October 3, 5, 7, 8, 20×2, 22, 27×2, 29

November 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 18, 23×2,

December 2, 7×2, 2013



Pre-register by calling Ed Tremblay @ 884-4702 and leave name, phone number and agency affiliation or e-mail registration information to:


                                                                   Ed Tremblay, Fire Coordinator

                                                                                    Deputy Director, O.E.S.

Congratulations to our Newest FF1 Graduates!

5 Aug

Congratulations to:

  • Firefighter James Mitchell

  • Firefighter Stephen Mastrapasqua

FF Mitchell and FF Mastrapasqua just recently completed Daytime FF1 over the course of 2 weeks!  Please congratulate these guys on their success and committment to the Wilton Fire Department.


Car Wash Fundraiser

26 Jul


Moreau house fire blamed on charcoal grill

30 May

MOREAU — A fire that was apparently caused by a charcoal grill ripped through a Sweet Road residence Thursday morning.

No injuries were reported in the fire that started on the back porch at 13 Sweet Road and worked its way into the house, which was “pretty much gutted,” said Nicholas Quinn, assistant chief with the South Glens Falls Fire Company.

Some holes and smoke damage in the home’s roof were visible from the front of the residence.

The home’s occupants were inside the home when the fire broke out, but were able to escape safely.

The home was most likely a total loss, though some of the belongings inside were salvageable, fire officials said.

The fire started about 6 a.m. Thursday and firefighters were on the scene for four hours. The fire took about two hours to knock down, and an extensive overhaul took another two hours. It was difficult to put out some of the hot spots, Quinn said.

Fire departments from Gansevoort, Wilton, Hudson Falls and South Queensbury provided mutual aid.

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Wilton FD Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowling Team

29 Apr

2013 BFKS Wilton Fire DeptWILTON – In their first year participating with a team, the Wilton Fire Department raised over $400 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondack’s. The event, Bowl For Kid’s Sake, is an annual fundraising event where bowling teams raise money to help BBBS support the hundreds of children in the program. The Wilton Fire Department, as well, donates annually to the event.

On March 17, 2013, the Wilton Fire Department’s team took to the lanes of Spare Time in South Glens Falls for two games. The team consisted of Dakota, his Big Brother FF Warren Cutler, Kevin Meltzer, Todd Murray and Allison Murray.


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