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.


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.

Potsdam Rescue was recently part of a multi-agency training. The training focused on an MCI which included surrounding mutual aide from Potsdam Fire, Canton Rescue, Norfolk Rescue, West Potsdam Fire, Parishville Rescue, Colton Rescue, Madrid Rescue and Potsdam Police. The scenario was a two car motor vehicle accident with 8 patients and one pedestrian trapped under a vehicle.