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PVRS members, Coreen and Doug Bohl, joined members of Potsdam Fire and Potsdam Police at Clarkson University’s Emergency Response Day last Saturday afternoon. The event was sponsored by Clarkson’s Campus Security Department and was intended to teach students the dangers of dorms fires. The event also allowed students a chance to meet and interact with local first reponders in a fun, exciting and nonemergency setting!

Potsdam Fire demonstrated vehicle extrication and were aided by members of Clarkson University’s EMS  squad, CUEMS. Most of the student volunteers on CUEMS had not had previous experience in extrication but they quickly jumped at the opportunity when asked. The student First Responders dressed in full turnout gear and then took turns on the hydraulic cutting tools to remove the roof and doors of the vehicle.

After the extrication demonstration Clarkson Students were given a live demonstration on how a fire would spread and act in a simulated dorm room.

Fire department members suited up to control the blaze set in a trash can in the corner of this “typical” dorm.

Emergency Responders and members of Campus safety talked to students about how the fires were likely to spread and how escape a fire in a dorm before Potsdam Fire’s Chief Danielle Rose set the blaze.

The effects of the fire in the confined space were visible for all to see once the flames were extinguished.

The students of Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam make up an large and important part of the local population. Outreach activities like ERD at Clarkson give the students a chance to meet and interact with Fire and EMS members and to promote safer, healthier life styles.

PVRS members held leadership elections at their October Membership Meeting. The Board of Chiefs will be lead by Tim Rivers who was elected Chief Line Officer. Tim will be supported by Assistant Chiefs Rod Kenyan, Chris Towler and Jon Mitchell. Charlie Merriman will continue as PVRS President with Mike Ober (Board Chair) and Davida Martin (Treasurer) also returning to their board positions. Roxanne Cliff will continue to serve as Secretary for PVRS.

PVRS would like to thank Dan Frederick and Stephen Davis who both served as Assistant Chiefs inn 2017 and stepped down at the end of their terms to pursue new  personal opportunities.

Game On!

Clarkson University Men’s Hockey kicked off it’s 2017 season tonight with a game against the University of Guelph. PVRS continued it’s long tradition of support for Clarkson University by providing standby medical coverage for the athletes and fans at Cheel arena. PVRS members Heather Wilson, Charlie Merriman, Mike Ober and Jim Corbett took in the game at Cheel arena tonight watching the Clarkson Golden Knights compete in the season opener.

The Golden Knights skated to a 3-3 tie. We wish them luck next week as they face Big-10 schools Penn State and the University of Michigan at home in Cheel Arena.

PVRS volunteer EMT’s Chris Towler and Doug Bohl spent the morning supporting District 3 volunteer fire departments at the West Potsdam Fire Training Center as they trained for different emergency scenarios.

Fire crews practiced fighting fires in engine compartments, passenger compartments, trunks and in “fully involved” cars.

Crews also worked on fires coming from leaks in natural gas lines. They first discussed and then practiced moving as a team towards pipeline valves so that they can be safely controlled. Fire crews made sure that safety was the first priority talking about how to both moved towards and away from the fire.

PVRS EMT’s provided medical support for the fire crews as they worked their scenarios. The joint training allows for volunteer members of the different agencies to become familiar with each other so that they can better support each other and the public during emergency events.