Member News

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 members Calvin Faber, Dan Frederick, Coreen Bohl, Doug Bohl and Jessica Shumway were joined by CPH ED Doc’s Ryan Coates and Jason Lorenc at the 1st Lake Placid Half Iron Man on Sunday September 10. The late summer Half Iron Man is a new event for Lake Placid this year and drew approximately 2200 athletes from around the world. Athletes in the event swam 1.2 miles, biked 56 miles and ran 13.1 miles on the challenging Lake Placid Triathlon course.

Members volunteered as finish line medics supporting the athletes who needed a “little help” after completing the 70.3 mile event. Medical volunteers were stationed at the finish line to perform rapid assessment and transport to the medical tent. Other volunteers were stationed in the medical tent which was set-up to act as a temporary ED to treat the athletes who experienced medical issues after finishing the race.

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….