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.

Five Questions for John Liptak Sr.

24 Apr

By Francine Grinnell (

Who are you?
I’m a Wilton resident and a husband and father. I’m a firefighter for the town of Wilton, a retired plumbing and heating expert and a country line dancer.

John Liptak, Sr.

John Liptak, Sr.

Why did you become a firefighter?
I lived in Greenwich, Conn., where my father was a career firefighter, and he was a great influence. When I was 16, I became a volunteer firefighter until I got out of high school. I apprenticed as a plumber and was drafted, so I chose the Navy and stayed in from 1959 until 1962. We were based in Norfolk, Va.
I came home on leave with a buddy from Wilton, I met my wife Nancy up here and the rest is history. We were married the next year. I volunteered to become a firefighter for Wilton Fire Department and have been fighting fires for more than 45 years. I also worked for 23 years as a plumbing and heating technician in Saratoga Springs, then started my own plumbing and heating business. I retired 12 years ago.
When a fire call comes in, it’s first-come, first- served as far as the truck we get to respond to a fire with. We all have a truck we like to drive. The one I drive is going to be retired soon and we’ll get a new one. At this point, I have chosen to fight non-interior fires so I don’t have to climb ladders or wear an air pack anymore, but I do most everything else. We seem to respond to more traffic accidents here.
Now my son, John Liptak Jr., is also a firefighter.

What led to your interest in country line dancing?
I wasn’t interested at first. Nancy wanted to learn and she took lessons for six months. I was chicken, but she talked me into it. We went all over. We lived in Connecticut after we were married, then moved to Wilton, and we’ve been dancing together for more than 15 years. It’s great exercise.

Was there a fire you were called to that stands out in your memory?

Yes. In the 1970s, there was a fire at the Rusk family’s home on Parkhurst Road in Wilton. It was 28 degrees below zero out and the house burned to the ground in snow that was 3 feet deep. We had to dig out the remains of seven or eight people. I’ll never forget it.

How long will you fight fires and line dance?
Until they put me in the ground.

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Logging accident simulation prepares Saratoga County first-responders

14 Apr



NORTHUMBERLAND — Preparation is the key to winning any battle, especially when it comes to saving lives.

Fire and rescue personnel spent Saturday morning training for an emergency they seldom encounter, but might have to one day — a logging accident.

More than two dozen Wilton and Schuylerville responders gathered at a 230-acre Saratoga County wooded lot on Gailor Lane, where classes are held regularly for BOCES forestry and conservation students.

“This is absolutely valuable,” Wilton firefighter Frank Merrill said. “There’s a lot we didn’t know. This could save somebody’s life if we’re in a situation like this.”

Participating agencies were Wilton Fire Department, Wilton EMS, Schuyler Hose Co., General Schuyler EMS, BOCES and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The first drill involved extricating a person from beneath a fallen tree.

General Schuyler Chief of Operations Jaime Barton responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center disaster. Some of the same rescue techniques used there are needed to help a woodlands accident victim, he said.

For example, to free a person pinned beneath a tree, firefighters use blocks to stabilize the log. Then, high-pressure air pillows are placed beneath it. When they’re inflated, the tree is raised just enough for rescue personnel to pull the person out and begin resuscitation efforts, if needed.

Barton said several people in Edinburg and Corinth have died from such accidents in recent years.

Like most emergencies, time is a critical factor.“You should never go in the woods alone,” Barton said. “Plus, people should always make sure their family knows where they are. And go with the best cell phone carrier you can. Some places have no service, or it might change depending on the time of year. In the summer, foliage might affect the service you get.”

Saturday’s drill was prompted by an incident last fall in which a BOCES student suffered a finger injury while working in the lot off Homestead Road. Fortunately, it wasn’t serious.

Before then, however, some rescue personnel had never been to the site, which has public walking trails. Now, in addition to learning a new skill, they’re more familiar with the property and how to get there.

“We’re drilling for situations we may encounter here and to know the land a little better,” said Dave Ballestero, assistant Wilton fire chief.

Several BOCES students also took part and learned what they should do if there’s an accident and fire and rescue personnel are on their way.

“They can be making wedges (used during extrication) and be out on the road to direct responders where to go when they get here,” BOCES Safety Coordinator Micki Jones said.

BOCES forestry student Cody Carpenter of Luzerne said he feels better knowing that local emergency personnel are better trained now.

“It’s getting them familiar so if anything happens, they know what they’re getting into,” he said.

Carpenter is also a Luzerne-Hadley firefighter and said he plans to suggest such training for his fire company as well.

“This extrication (training) is great because now we have interagency cooperation,” Barton said.

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