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2018 Incidents
January 65
February 36
March 29
April 81
May 62
June 31
July 47
August 47
September 60
October 68
November 53
December 32
Total 611

2017 Incidents
January 30
February 44
March 53
April 53
May 46
June 53
July 60
August 50
September 62
October 54
November 53
December 38
Total 596

2016 Incidents
January 34
February 61
March 34
April 48
May 40
June 34
July 44
August 51
September 55
October 54
November 34
December 43
Total 532

2015 Incidents
January 40
February 54
March 33
April 48
May 53
June 32
July 49
August 55
September 39
October 44
November 44
December 47
Total 538

2014 Incidents
January 46
February 41
March 31
April 48
May 38
June 41
July 57
August 40
September 43
October 65
November 40
December 33
Total 523

Previous Incidents
2004 383
2005 360
2006 438
2007 419
2008 505
2009 518
2010 550
2011 524
2012 549
2013 534
2014 523
2015 538
2016 532
2017 596
2018 611

Potsdam In Pictures
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Ice Rescue, Dog through Ice

Fire Driver Robert Pierce, March 20

On Wednesday afternoon at 16:02 Potsdam fire was alerted to a dog through the ice, Lehman Park. As Engine-49 is equipped with Ice Rescue gear it responded immediately to the scene along with Potsdam Police and SUNY Potsdam Police. Upon arrival the dog was located and could be seen with its head and front paws above the ice. As officer Benson and firefighter Monahan were suiting up in rescue gear a ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Past Fire Chief Christopher Taylor, March 09

Sunday, March 10 begins Daylight Saving Time. It will be time to “spring forward” one hour.

You know what that means: change your clocks, and change your batteries!

While phones, computers, and tablets may change themselves, it’s up to you to keep yourself and your family safe by changing your smoke alarm batteries. Working smoke alarms save lives. That tell-tale beeping can get everyone out safely ... (Full Story & Photos)

Statewide Burn Ban March 16 and Town of Potsdam Burn Permits

Fire Driver Robert Pierce, March 02

As spring approaches and warm weather arrives everyone is eager to clean up yard debris. Just a reminder to everyone the N.Y.S. DEC Statewide burn ban takes effect March 16 and goes through May 14.

For more information go to the DEC website https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/113004.html

When the burn ban is not in effect any Town of Potsdam resident wishing to burn must have a Town issued burn Permit. ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Fire Driver Jerry Robar, February 27

The Potsdam Fire Department recently purchased two new Scott Thermal Imaging cameras. One camera has been placed in service on Engine 49, replacing a camera that was aging and outdated. The other camera was placed in service on Engine 80, which previously didn't have a camera. These new cameras will enable the Fire Department to be better prepared for emergencies requiring thermal imaging technology. ... (Full Story & Photos)

Mutual Aid to Norwood

Fire Driver Jerry Robar, February 24

On Sunday February 24, 2019 at 1902 hours, Potsdam Fire was dual dispatched along with Norwood Fire for a possible Structure fire on the River Rd. Engine 80, Tanker 100, and Rescue 14 were enroute immediately. Norwood Engine 42 arrived on scene and transmitted a working fire. Potsdam units arrived and assisted Norwood with water supply operations and fire suppression. All Potsdam Units were back ... (Full Story)

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Fire Driver Robert Crowe, January 18

Potsdam Fire, Rescue, and PD were activated at 1257 to a reported two car MVA on outer Market Street in the vicinity of NBT Bank. Engine 49 responded immediately with a crew of three. Potsdam PD was first on scene and advised that there were no injuries at the location. Engine 49 arrived and provided traffic control while PPD Officers Seymour, Benson and Sgt. Daniels investigated the accident. Fire ... (Full Story & Photos)

Tractor Trailer Roll Over Closes CR 59

Fire Driver Robert Crowe, January 16

At tractor trailer rollover closed CR 59, also known as the Back Hannawa Road, for close to 5 hours. Potsdam Fire was dispatched to the reported rollover at 1317 hours and Engine 80 was enroute at 1320 hours. Upon arrival, crews found a tractor trailer loaded with road salt on its side, leaking fluids from the engine compartment. The load of road salt had spilled from the trailer onto the road and ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Fire Driver Robert Crowe, January 01

2018 was a record setting year for the Potsdam Fire Department. The volunteers and career staff answered a total of 611 calls for the calendar year. This represents the highest number of calls in one year in the 161 year history of the fire department. This total included 42 fire calls (18 building fires), 2 explosions, 76 rescue/EMS calls (44 motor vehicle accidents, 25 assist EMS calls), 32 service ... (Full Story & Photos)

District 3 Drill

Fire Driver Robert Pierce, September 15

On Saturday September 15th St Lawrence County District 3 firefighters participated in a simulated Gas Emergency in conjunction with St. Lawrence Gas. District 3 is comprised of Potsdam, West Potsdam, West Stockholm, Hannawa Falls and Potsdam Rescue. At 9:15 am firefighters assembled in the front circle of the Potsdam High School on Leroy St. A briefing was given and the scenario is as follows. A contractor ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Assistant Chief J. Bradish giving the scenario
Assistant Chief J. Bradish giving the scenario

Potsdam Members Refresh Their Skills on Auto Vehicle Extrication

Fire Chief Danielle Rose, August 22

When firefighters pull crash victims out of destroyed cars, they have to know just as much about how the vehicle is built as they do about how to tear it open.

Potsdam members put that knowledge to the test Monday evening for their monthly department drill. They trained in using metal-cutting equipment (JAWS of Life), hand tools, and more to demonstrate their skills on how to safely and effectively ... (Full Story & Photos)


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