PVRS provides emergency medical and rescue services to the village and town of Potsdam, the village of Norwood and parts of the towns of Pierrepont and Stockholm. Our service district covers an area of approximately 150 square miles with a population of 16,000+. Within our district we have two 4-year universities, Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam with a combined enrollment of 7,000+ students. We also provide mutual-aid to neighboring communities as needed. We operate out of two stations, Station 1 at 29 Elm Street, Potsdam and Station 2 on Bernard Avenue, Norwood.
The Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. is a volunteer squad that relies almost completely on local donations to support our efforts. Without the generous donations of our community, we would be unable to provide the quality care and service that the members of this community deserve.
We currently have 50+ volunteers; a dedicated group consisting of local residents, students enrolled at the area universities and auxiliary members from neighboring emergency units. They are tasked with the responsibility of responding to a call volume that annually averages 1300+ responses. To assist in meeting the demand, in July 2004 we hired a full-time advanced live support (ALS) provider for weekday daytime coverage. The decision was not made lightly, but was needed in order to continue to provide timely daytime response to our community. PVRS is always interested in talking to members of the community who may wish to volunteer.