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 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….