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Who We Are

Our Mission

Capital Area Fire District Association (CAFDA) works to further the interests and welfare of fire districts, fire protection districts and village fire departments in the counties served by the association. The association serves to educate, provide assistance and share information as well as experience with it’s members as well as actively support legislation favorable to the fire service and keep the public informed of our member’s needs.


President: Tom Rinaldi (Stillwater Fire District)  [email protected]

1st Vice-President: John Meehan (West Crescent Fire District) [email protected]

2nd Vice-President:   Art Hunsinger (Clifton Park-Halfmoon Fire District #1) [email protected]

Secretary: Lisa Diemer, [email protected]

Treasurer: Tony Hill, [email protected]

Sergeant at Arms: Tom Wood (Northumberland Fire District)

Chaplain: Fred Richards (Harmony Corners Fire District)

Board of Directors

Les Bonesteel: Burnt Hills Fire District, Saratoga County

Fred Richards: Harmony Corners Fire District, Saratoga County

Joyce Petkus: Greenfield Fire District, Saratoga County

Ed Woehrle: Niskayuna Fire District #1, Schenectady County

Mike Podolec: West Glenville Fire District #6, Schenectady County

Serving Fire Districts in the Following Counties:

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  • Albany County
  • Essex County
  • Fulton County
  • Montgomery County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Schoharie County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County

CAFDA By-Laws: