Potsdam Rescue Squad

The Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, faithfully serving the community since 1955, is a beacon of reassurance and safety for the residents of Potsdam. Their selfless efforts extend beyond the immediate response to emergencies, as evidenced by their organization of a Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support class in partnership with the Canton-Potsdam Hospital. This initiative allowed EMS providers across St. Lawrence County to enhance their understanding and implementation of best practices in trauma life support​.


Station 1- Potsdam

Station 2 – Norwood


38 Main Street
PO Box 700
Potsdam, NY 13676


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.

Community Partnerships

Recognizing the vital role of blood donations, the Squad hosts Red Cross Blood Drives, facilitating an essential service and rallying the community to contribute towards a life-saving cause. They also maintain active collaboration with other local agencies to ensure a comprehensive response during emergencies, and even conduct hands-on training with lifeguards to ensure the efficient care of injured individuals.

The Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad is consistently busy, responding to many events each year​​. With unwavering commitment and proactive engagement, the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad embodies the spirit of community service and care.