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.

PVRS held a joint training with lifeguards at Postwood Park in Hannawa Falls. The training simulated a water search and rescue. Both teams were able to practice their respective rescue skills. More importantly the joint training allowed the two teams to practice working with each other increasing joint effectiveness.

Open House

Between October 2015 and September 2016 Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to over 1831 calls.  These include responses to accidents, medical emergencies, and the provision of skilled transportation of hospitalized patients who need to be brought to another facility.  PVRS also offers medical support at community events such as high school football and college hockey games.  Most people are simply familiar with the sight of the ambulance driving down the road, or perhaps by having  the need to ride in it as our patient or with a loved one.  The members of Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad would like to invite the community to an Open House on Saturday, July 15 between 11a – 2p.  This a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know the volunteer members of PVRS who respond to emergency medical calls in our community.  The Squad’s ambulances, extrication truck, and “fly car” will be on display.  Members will be available to offer tours of the station, including the garage bays, dispatch area, member lounge, and dorms.  Please join us and see “behind the scenes” of one of Potsdam’s valuable community organizations!

The success of PVRS depends on dedicated members of the community who give their time in this service. We would like to invite  individuals who are, or might be, interested in learning more about the squad to visit, possibly sign up for an observational “ride along” during a shift, or complete an application to become a member to come to the Open House.  This is a great opportunity  to ask questions and get more information about joining.