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Last weekend PVRS EMT Doug Bohl volunteered as medical support for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race in Leadville Colorado. The Leadville Trail 100 is know as the “Race Across the Sky” as it takes place in the high mountains of Colorado. The race is a 104 mile mountain bike race with the lowest altitude being 9,200 ft and the highest point occurring at 12,600 ft, well above the tree line. Doug served as a volunteer medic at one of the neutral aid stations and treated everything from hypothermia to altitude sickness to cardiac related issues during his 12 hour “stand-by” shift.

The weather for the day was highly variable with sunny highs in the 60’s and rainy (and snowy) lows in the 40’s.

The remote medical station was well stocked to deal with environmental, trauma and medical emergencies.

Doug is a 2013 Leadville finisher…..

who probably could have used an EMT or Paramedic himself when he finished his race….

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.


Congratulations to Daniel Eng and Rebecca Faber for completing their nursing degrees. Dan is a current EMT-B and Rebecca is a former member. fc5aba59-b226-46b3-9309-17e8b7fd4d51