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Out with the old & in with the new

November 11, 2022 | Nathan Peters

This week TI Rescue took delivery of our new 2022 Wheeled Coach Ambulance. It has been a long waiting game for a replacement of our old 2011 Ambulance. The 2011 Ambulance served TI Rescue well but its age started to show. With this new ambulance purchase we also purchased a Stryker stretcher and loading unit. The stretcher and loading unit will help keep our providers safe from the number one leading cause of on the job injury and that is a back injury. This stretcher will allow the providers to load patients into the ambulance safely. 


September 19, 2022 | Published by Syracuse Post Standard 

Robert Austin Barnes II 

September 15, 2022 

Robert Austin Barnes II died peacefully in his home on September 15, 2022. He was 73 years old. Born to Willard and Alice Barnes, Bob was a long time resident of Syracuse, NY. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Ambulance Service from 1973 until he retired in 1994. He was Co-Founder of Northeastern Rescue Vehicles. Bob was passionate about being a first responder as an EMT and Paramedic and loved working on the rigs and out in the field. Bob continued his commitment to the community as a volunteer firefighter for DeWitt Fired Department for over 25 years. He was also instrumental in the foundation of TIERS, (Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Services). He was passionate about boating on the St. Lawrence River. He loved to golf, ski, bowl, work in his shop, drive ambulances and fire trucks, a good practical joke and a good game of pinball. He is survived by his loving companion of 26 years, Helene Wallace, his 3 children Heather L. Barnes (Jonathan Read), Leslie M. Hale (Matthew), Robert A. Barnes III (Erica) and his 3 grandchildren Hadley M. Hale, George S. Hale, and Robert A. Barnes IV. He was predeceased by his sister Linda Yenawine. In lieu of flowers, please make donations American Heart Association, Syracuse Chapter (2 S Clinton Square, Ste 305 Syracuse, NY 13202. All family and friends are invited to gather for a reception on Friday, September 23, from 4:00-7:00 at North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, 10 Dwight Park Dr., Syracuse, NY 13209. Please leave Memories and Condolences on

Meet our aDVANCEd EMT'S

July 26, 2022 | Nathan Peters

The Advanced EMT (AEMT) may be a new term to some. An AEMT is a credentialed EMT but they can do a little bit more. They have further training in airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), management of trauma patients, and many more skills within their scope of practice.

These young ladies took time to further their education and they developed much-needed skills for the residents of the Town of Clayton, Town of Orleans and the surroundings areas. With not having a hospital close by these individuals can help manage life-threatening emergencies while they await a higher level of care or by the time they reach the hospital.

Ericka Farrell

Ericka is a full time teacher at General Brown and she is a part time AEMT with TIERS. Ericka has been working in the EMS field for close to ten years. Ericka is a dedicated AEMT she is always looking to better her knowledge. Even though Ericka is busy with a full time job, part time job in EMS and her three young children she still manages to find the time to run ours juniors program. 

Claire Ward

Claire (right) joined TIERS as an junior and she started to love the healthcare field. She obtained her EMT and decided to go right into AEMT School. Claire started to grow her knowledge while still juggling high school and college classes. She is going to be starting the process in the fall to become a Respiratory Therapist. 

Sophia Devito

Sophia joined TIERS after she already completed her EMT as a member of Sackets Harbor Fire Company. She decided at 17yo to now enroll in the AEMT School as she still juggled high and college classes. Sophia is a dedicated EMT and she will make a wonderful AEMT. She has decided in the fall to start Paramedic School to help better her own community and the surrounding areas. 

2022 Charity Poker Run

July 16, 2022 |

What a hugely successful day on the St. Lawrence! TIERS assists in creating the safety plan for the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run, as well as provides EMTs and Paramedics to ride along in the safety boats during the run. Today, were happy to report that our personnel simply went for a boat ride, and nothing more. With over a 100 Charity Poker Run boats in the water, there was not a single incident. A great amount of time and work goes into creating the safety plan and doing our best to keep the participants safe, but we only do half the job. The rest is up to them, and their cooperation made this a safe and enjoyable event for all involved! Thank You!

MEET Our New Paramedic

July 12, 2022 | Nathan Peters

In August of 2021, during the COVID pandemic, Julie Burrows made the decisions enroll in Faxton St. Luke's Paramedic Program. She was truly unsure if she was going to be able to do it. With two young girls at home and a full time job it can be challenging, but her wife Justina, who is also a TIERS paramedic, made sure she was up for the challenge. After 11 long months, plenty of tears, and few "I'm over this. I can just be an EMT forever", she did it. She tested today and became a NYS Certified Paramedic. 

I had the opportunity to help in her in her paramedic labs and she did plenty her student ride outs with myself and a few others at Tiers.  Make sure you keep your eye out for Julie, she still has much to learn, but will undoubtedly mold herself into a wonderful paramedic. I know she is up to the challenge. Congratulation Paramedic Julie Burrows. 

Meet our new emt's

June 15, 2022 | Nathan Peters

All three of these ladies have successfully passed their EMT course and you can currently see them on the ambulance. All of them come from completely different backgrounds but they have been able to adapt and overcome all the challenges that the EMT course put in there way.  

We all have had the chance to work with each and every one of these ladies and they are extraordinary. Congratulations on your hard work. 

Maddison cuppernal

Maddi started off as a Junior member with TIERS and she went on to become a EMT. She is a wonderful bundle of joy to work with. She is hard working and dedicated. In the fall she will be entering Paramedic School at Onondaga Community Collage in Syracuse.

Janet "Boo" Wells

Boo started off as a volunteer member looking to see what EMS is all about. She is the caterer for our Friends of TIERS events and she is looking to give back a little more. Boo is a dedicated hard working individual and has successfully passed her EMT class. When she is here, no one is left with an empty stomach. 

Mandy Early

Mandy (left) joined TIERS after her oldest son convinced her it would be fun. Her oldest son, Jared (right) is an EMT with TIERS and thought his mother would love to be apart of our small but, growing family. She decided after riding along with Paramedic Jones and her son Jared that she would love to be an EMT. 

Meet Our New PAramedic

May 17, 2022 | Nathan Peters

On May 8, 2018, this kid went on her first ambulance call as a junior member. At the time, she did not know the difference between a cardiac monitor and an oxygen tank. We have all watched her learn, grow, push herself, succeed, stumble, then dust herself off and push harder. Today, she became a Paramedic. As we watched her walk out of the test center with a smile ear to ear, we all could just tell she passed. It is so cool to watch young kids come into EMS, stick with it, and work their way to the top! We all could not be prouder of you Maddy! Congratulations! 

Please be on the lookout for Paramedic Madison Calhoun as her first shift will be Friday May 20, 2022, with Paramedic Peters. She is such a bright young lady, and she still has much to learn to grow as a Paramedic, but we are all so immensely proud of her accomplishments.    

Spaghetti Dinner at Foxy's

May 9, 2022 |

Please come out and support us at our Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Foxy's Restaurant in Fishers Landing. In is going to be a good night with some good food. 50/50 raffles all night long with a drawing on Facebook. Please stop by and get some excellent food. 

Donation helps continue Watertown firefighter’s legacy of service

March 24, 2022 | WWNYTV

The Peyton S. Morse Legacy Foundation, along with the Northern New York Community Foundation, helped The Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service kick off a fundraising campaign Thursday. The goal is to raise enough money to allow TIERS to purchase a new lift stretcher

A check for $2,500 was donated by the foundation. The Morses hope that by helping to give back to first responders, they are honoring the qualities that made Peyton special to his community. 

Please read the full article on WWNYTV website. (LINK)

Training above and Beyond

March 13, 2022 |

We may not be holding an in-house EMT Class this spring, but that doesn't mean that we've stopped learning! Multiple TIERS members are enrolled in some type of EMS Course! 

Tracie Mason is a full time Paramedic with TIERS and has been with the organization since 2006. She has helped teach practical skills to countless EMT and Paramedic courses and is currently obtaining her Clinical Lab Instructor certification 

Dan Lowe obtained his EMT certifications in 2005 and has spent most of the years since with TIERS. He is attending SUNY Canton and is working towards his Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management. Pictured with Dan is his son, Noah. 

Pamela Jones (center) has been with TIERS since 2010 and is our Outreach Coordinator and is an EMT Instructor. She is currently completing her internship to advance her instructor certification to include the Paramedic Level.

Janet "Boo" Wells (right) is our newest member, and was enrolled in the EMT Class at Jeff. County Public Health by her second day. Boo runs her own catering service and catered our "Friends of TIERS" event last summer. 

Tim Farrell is enrolled in LEAD 2022, a leadership development program specific to EMS. Tim is a paramedic with 16 years experience in EMS, and serves as TIERS’ Deputy Director Of Operations. 

John Angus recently completed the five week EMT academy at Guilfoyle Ambulance Service. He is a new member of TIERS, and also volunteers as a firefighter with Clayton Fire Department. 

Bayleigh Templeton came to us in October of last year from sunny California. She is currently back home, and is nearly completed with Paramedic School at the University of Bakersfield. She will be returning to the area following graduation and will be volunteering with TIERS. She is pictured here with her son Brady. 

Ericka Farrell has been with TIERS since 2017 as a Basic EMT. She is currently enrolled in the Advanced EMT course at South Jeff. Rescue Squad. Ericka also heads our Junior Program, is a CPR instructor, and a full time teacher. 

Julie Burrows is currently enrolled in the Paramedic Program being taught through St. Luke's Healthcare. She has been with TIERS for nearly six years and is employed full time at Fort Drum Ambulance. 

Maddi Cupernall is a Junior Member with TIERS and has been with us for almost nine months. She is enrolled in the EMT class that is held at Indian River Ambulance Service. Maddi is a senior at T.I. High School, and plans to pursue a career as a paramedic. 

Reuben Pruitt is an Advanced EMT and serves as our Strength Conditioning Coach. He is a Retired US Marine, and is obtaining his EMT Instructor Certification. 

Maddy Calhoun (Left) began with TIERS as a Junior member in 2018 and is currently an EMT. She is nearly complete with Paramedic school through SUNY Upstate and will soon be a TIERS Crew Chief.

Claire Ward (right) is a senior at T. I. High School and will soon be completing the Advanced EMT Course at South Jeff. She also began as a junior member with TIERS and is pursuing a career as a Respiratory Therapist. 

Mandy Earley became a volunteer with TIERS late last year following a suggestion from her son who is employed with us. She is enrolled in the EMT course held at Indian River Ambulance, and will graduate in June. 

Clipper Inn Fundraiser Dinner 2022

To register please use this (Link)

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Time: 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Location: Clipper Inn 126 State St, Clayton, NY 13624

March 10, 2022 |



The Clipper's World Famous Lasagna with sauce


Pesto Shrimp Alfredo over Pasta


1/2 Baked Chicken with Chef's Accompaniment

All dinner choices include a Fresh Garden Salad and Italian Bread with Butter

Carry-Out available at 4:00PM - Please use the Lounge Entrance located on the right side of the building. Proceed to the back of the lounge and check in with our team and we will get right to work boxing up your meal. Feel free to have a beverage at the bar while you wait!

Dine-In Seating begins at 5:00PM - Reservations are appreciated by calling 315-686-3842.

Per-diem Paramedics

February 16, 2022 |

We are currently looking for Per-Diem Paramedics. If you are interested please follow the link below to fill out an application. If you have any questions please reach out to the Deputy Chief Tim Farrell. 

Application (LINK)

Deputy Chief: (LINK)

ABC50 Hometown Hero

February 10, 2022 | Tim Farrell

Our own Pamela Jones is this months ABC50 Hometown Hero! Thank you Pamela for everything you do, not only for TIERS, but as an Emergency Medical Services Educator and a member of our great community! Congratulations Pam! Well Deserved!

Show and tell

November 4, 2021 |

One of our favorites is to showcase how we help people on their worst days. Life Net came to TIERS to teach our junior members and future EMTs critical life-saving skills. They were taught how to manage major trauma and bleeding control. Additionally, they were taught what happens when a Life Net helicopter is called and the tools used by the crew.

This is another way TIERS is striving to raise the level of care for the 1000 islands region. A special thanks to the Clayton FD for setting up the landing zone to make this possible.

Another life saved

August 8, 2021 | Tim Farrell

After transferring patient care to the flight crew, Paramedic Nathan Peters looks on as LifeNet 7-10 (Watertown Base) lifts off from LaFargeville earlier today transporting a patient to a Syracuse hospital. 🚑 🚁 🚨 

A day in the life of our TIERS crews…

📸 Maddy Calhoun

Memorial fund donates to Thousand Island Rescue Service to honor legacy of William P. Plante

July 1, 2021 | ABC50

A special thank you to ABC50 and the WPPMF for the kind words. We work hard every day to maintain the trust and confidence of our beloved community. Again, we are humbled and honored. Please click on the link to read the full article. (Link)

Tiers recieves a Proclamation from the govenour

June 19, 2021

When COVID halted everything last March, TIERS stepped up. With less than 6 hours notice we had a team deployed to Westchester County. They drove through the night, and were there by 8am to assist with the first wave of COVID testing efforts.

During EMS week last month, we were thanked for our efforts and presented with a Proclamation from the Governor. It was hand delivered to us by Steven Dziura, Deputy Director, NYS Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems. Deputy Director Dziura is pictured here (right) presenting the proclamation to Tim Farrell, TIERS Deputy Director of Operations.

6 Year old hero

April 21, 2021 | Tim Farrell

Monday evening, six year old Noah walked in on his Great Grandfather lying on the floor having a life threatening cardiac event. Many of Noah’s family members are EMTs and firefighters locally, and his Mom and Dad are both TIERS members. Therefore, Noah knew exactly what to do. Due to the quick actions of this young hero, the appropriate resources were dispatched, and first responders were soon at Great Grandpa’s side. If not for Noah, the outcome would have most likely been far more serious. A special TIERS shout out to this future first responder!

If your interested in see the full article please click on the link to WWNYTV (Link)

TIERS paramedic and instructor works to ensure EMT class remains in-person

February 9, 2021| Watertown Daily Times

Pamela Jones a NYS Paramedic and EMT instructor in conjunctions with Kyle Williams Flight Paramedic with LifeNet had a lecture at TIERS on Monday night, the topic was airway management. This lecture is critical in-person learning that every EMT student needs. With all the remote learning going on across the county it is difficult for these EMT students to get the required hands on learning experience that is needed for every EMT. The Watertown Daily Times did a wonderful write up on this please follow the link to read more. (Link) 

EMT-Basic Class at Tiers

January 21, 2021

Though it may have a bit of a different look, our socially distant Spring 2021 EMT class is now underway!

“Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” -Clint Eastwood

New EMS Providers at tiers

January 13, 2021

A special congratulations goes out to TIERS members Claire Ward and Shawna Bush on their recently acquired NYS Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certifications! These new EMTs will now focus on some in house training with experienced EMTs and Paramedics, and will soon be caring for patients on their own! Congratulations ladies! All of us at TIERS look forward to teaching an mentoring you, and watching you grow into exceptional emergency providers!  

Our Juniors

January 3, 2021

Here are a few images of our Junior EMTs training along with our EMTs and Paramedics. We are always looking for new personal to join our ranks. Our Juniors program starts off at age 14. Please let us know if your interested. 

Lifepak 15 Cardiac Monitor

December 15, 2020

Tiers was the recipient of a $30,000 grant from Empire State Development. This grant would not be possible without the generosity of NYS Senator Patty Ritchie. The grant allowed us to purchase two Physio Control Lifepak 15 Cardiac Monitors.  The Physio Control Lifepak 15 is the most advanced cardiac units on the market, capable of 12-lead electrocardiograms, which show Paramedics a much better picture of the heart’s electrical functions in the field. They also measure and record the patient’s blood pressure and pulse, and monitors their oxygen saturation as well, have capnography monitoring capability which lets the Paramedic monitor the oxygen/CO2 transfer of an intubated patient to see developing problems quickly, and can transmit real-time images of all data to the emergency room doctor instantly for more accurate diagnosis and over-the-air orders.

unsung heroes

December 11, 2020 | Samaritan Medical Center

Dr. Sarah Delaney-Rowland was recently recognized as an ‘Unsung Hero’ by the New York American College of Emergency Physicians (NYACEP), a group that supports quality emergency medical care and promotes the interest of emergency physicians. Samaritan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mario Victoria, nominated Dr. Delaney-Rowland and penned a letter to show her leadership, regard for excellence, and dedication to patient care. Please read the full letter at: (Link)

Dr. Delaney-Rowland is the North Country EMS Program Agency Director. She is instrumental part of the EMS system in the North Country. 

EMT -BAsic Course at tiers

November 25, 2020

TIERS is teaching a NYS EMT original class/Emt Refresher starting in January. The class will be held in Clayton on Mondays and Wednesdays 6-9:30. Please contact Instructor Pamela Jones at 315-686-4333 x470 for more details. 

The Character counts award

October 27, 2020 | Inform NNY

Claire Ward donates her time with Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) to help keep North Country Residents Safe! Watch her story here: 

We are so proud of the young people who volunteer with our organization!! Nice work Claire Ward!! 

A tribute to essential workers: All Clayton essential workers honored as 2020 Citizens of the Year

October 8, 2020 | Inform NNY

We are deeply honored that our essential emergency first responders were recognized alongside others in our community who helped during the beginning of this pandemic. We are impressed by the dedication of our members and are truly thankful for their continued service. Thank you Clayton Chamber of Commerce for this tribute. 

Please read the full article (Link)

Clayton EMT helps provide injury resistance for emergency responders

Semptember 3, 2020 | Inform NNY

To combat injury resistance in emergency responders, Thousand Islands Rescue Service has implemented a new strategy through the donations of the Clayton community and motivated team members 

Please read the full article (Link)

TIERS lands grant to offer more training

July 28, 2020 | NNY360

TIERS was the recipient of a $3,800.00 grant from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. We will use the funding to purchase an advanced airway trainer simulator, an infant and CPR manikin, and a virtual stethoscope trainer. 

Please read the full article (Link)

NNYCF affiliate provides support to TIERS

July 12, 2020 |NNY360

The Cary and Janet Brick Riverside Foundation, an affiliate of the Northern New York Community Foundation, recently provided support to the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service for its ongoing EMT educational program. 

Please read the full article (Link)

Ferno Inx Electric Stretchers

December 20, 2019

The Ferno INX Electric stretcher is a new addition to Thousand Island Emergency Rescue Service. In late 2019 we were able to purchase three stretchers with help form the Friends of Tiers. These stretchers are self loading units that are capable of lifting nearly 700 lbs unassisted. They drastically reduce the risk of back injuries. Back injuries are the leading cause of long term disability in EMS.

Everyday operations in EMS like transferring patients or loading and unloading cots from an ambulance put tremendous strain on the backs of EMS professionals.

The iNX Integrated Patient Transport & Loading System is the only system designed to enhance the safety of both patients and EMS professionals by effectively eliminating lifting. Now EMS professionals can lift, lower, load, and unload with the push of a button, taking the strain off of their backs 

18 Year old off duty emt runs to burning car, tells two to get out

December 11, 2019 | NNY 360

One of our new EMT's on her off time help save two people after an accident. 

Please read the full article (Link)


September 9, 2019 | Inform NNY

Congratulations to TIERS Volunteer and new EMT Lydia Cantwell on receiving the Character Counts award from Watertown Family YMCA and ABC50

5 North Country EMS providers return home from Westchester County, enter 72 hour isolation

March 17, 2020 | Inform NNY

The five EMS Providers from the Carthage Area Rescue Squad and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service have returned home safely to the North Country after being deployed to Westchester County during the coronavirus pandemic.

Please read the full article (Link) 

"What Does Community Mean to you"

Pictured from left: Tim Farrell Jr., Deputy EMS Chief; Aubrey Stewart, High School Student.

April 17, 2019

This was the question asked of high school freshman Aubrey Stewart, and many other students across Jefferson and Lewis counties when they entered the Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge, sponsored by the Northern New York Community Foundation and Stage Notes Performance With A Purpose. Students were asked to write essays defining what "Community" meant to them, and then identify an organization that they believed supports their definition of "Community". Over 80 essays were written, and, thanks to Aubrey, TIERS was among 20 organizations selected to receive the $500 Community Foundation Community Spirit Youth Giving Challenge Grant. A special Thank You goes out from all of us at TIERS to Aubrey, The Northern New York Community Foundation, and Stage Notes for making this possible.

New Fly Car

February 28, 2019

We couldn’t be happier with how our new fly car turned out. Emergency Vehicle Solutions LLC did an incredible job on the equipment install! Thank You! 

Thank You Caskinette Ford

July 10, 2018

The TIERS Junior's would like to take this opportunity to thank Caskinette Ford for providing a 2018 Ford Expedition to help travel to Syracuse where we embarked on a train to New York City last weekend. Our junior program consists of (12) 15-17 year olds who learn how to respond to emergencies with us on the ambulance.  The teenaged EMS volunteers visited the FDNY 911 Dispatch center and the 9/11 Memorial.  Again, thank you to Caskinette Ford, Rick Caskinette and Junior Stefanini for their continued support of our North Country communities. 

TI-Rescue and Lifenet 7-10 Team Saves Stroke Victim

December 19, 2017

Pumpkin CHunkin 2017

November 9, 2017

Pictured here are Shawn Forbes, TIERS Junior members: Lydia Cantwell, Lanie Lindsey, Abby Dipple, McKenzi Peabody, and TIERS Paramedic Pamela Jones. Thank you to the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and Shawn Forbes of Shawn’s Good Ol’Smoking BBQ for choosing TIERS as the recipient of the second place prize $850.00 in this years Punkin Chunkin BBQ cookoff. 

2 lives saved within 24hrs

September 8, 2017

We are so proud of the professional staff that respond to the calls of not only the Clayton and Orleans residents but the surrounding areas of Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay as well. These two residents will agree, we have a top notch team here at TIERS! 

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Open House

September 6, 2017

The entire community is welcome to stop by and check out our new facility!  We are excited to show off our new building that was made possible by the generosity of the monetary and "in kind" donations of the individuals and businesses in this and the surrounding communities. 

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Quick reaction, superb treatment prevented stroke disaster for Clayton man

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

CLAYTON — Tuesday afternoons are usually when Nancy R. Humphrey golfs. But she was still home a little after 4 p.m. on July 19 because that day’s tournament didn’t start until an hour later and the Clayton Country Club is only about a quarter mile from the home she shares with her husband, Larry D. Deshaw.

They were watching CNN. She was on the couch. He was in his recliner.

“All of a sudden I was seeing double. The room started spinning,” said Mr. Deshaw, 78. “I hollered Nancy’s name twice. I knew I had something going on. That was the last I could speak.”

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TI-Rescue to Host EMT Class at New Facility

JULY 13, 2016 

Thousand Islands Rescue will host a New York State Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician course at its new facility. The class will begin at the current facility at 100 Union St in Clayton Tuesday August 16, 2016 and will then move to it’s new facility at 885 Graves Street in Clayton when construction is finalized.  The class will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M and some Saturdays. The class will culminate with NYS Department of Health testing date of January 19, 2017.  “I have always had a passion to teach Emergency Medical Technician and other Health and Safety classes.” states NYS Instructor Coordinator and TI-Rescue Executive Director Rolly Churchill. “I encourage anyone who wishes to advance their emergency skills capabilities and learn about saving lives to attend this class.”  “For those who volunteer for fire companies or rescue squads and perhaps those who are interested in a career in Emergency Medical Services this is a good opportunity to enroll in a locally sponsored class in northern Jefferson County.”

Those persons who may be interested in attending must pre-register with Jefferson County EMS  by calling the EMS office at 786-3760. This course has no costs for students who are members of rescue squads or local fire departments. Textbooks and a minimal related equipment is required.

Watertown Saving Bank Pledges $50,000.00 to TIERS Building Campaign

JULY 7, 2016 

Watertown Savings Bank (WSB) presents a $50,000 donation to Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) in support of its Campaign for a new facility. Pictured, from left, are Christine Powers, WSB; Pam Jones, TIERS Paramedic;   Rolly Churchill, TIERS Executive Director; Mark Lavarnway, President and CEO of WSB; Dan Throop, chair of the TIERS Campaign Committee; Bud Baril. chair of the TIERS Board of Directors; and Polly Baril, TIERS EMT.

More Building Progress at TI-Rescue Site

JUNE 9, 2016 

DC Builders of Watertown is making tremendous progress on TI-Rescue’s new home on Graves Street in Clayton. Metal siding is being placed and the interior walls for area rooms are up. The siding panels are being placed now and soon the metal roof  will added on all of the living and administrative areas then the garage structure. Our team is enthusiastic about the progress and being in a new modern structure! 

Local Amish family support TI-Rescue Building Project

MAY 4, 2016 

Even the Amish are assisting in TI-Rescue’s Building Project! The Hochstetler Family on County Route 54 in Depauville have donated a shed to TI-Rescue. The 8′ x 12′ shed will be placed on the Graves street property to house yard machinery and landscaping tools when the building is complete. This project has significant community importance that even the Amish understand the need of a new home for their local rescue squad. 

Major progress at TI-Rescue Building

APRIL 14, 2016 

Construction of the TI-Rescue Building on Graves Street is progressing rapidly. The steel pillars and roof supporting structures has been completed in the ambulance bay section of the building and the framework on the administrative and operations portions of the building is also taking shape. DC Builders of Watertown is the contractor and the timelines are still on tract for August finish dates. 

TI-Rescue grieves loss of sister EMT

MARCH 9, 2016 

TI-Rescue grieves loss of Sister EMT

One of our dedicated and outgoing EMT’s is embracing a new challenge and her spirit will be truly missed at TI-Rescue.

Deborah Jane Powers Oliver, 71 passed away February 4th 2016 at her home surrounded by loved ones and incredible Hospice nurses. She battled cancer for over 20 years with humor, grit and positivity, beating the odds many times over. Deborah was a passionate educator who taught for the Cranford, NJ school district for 25 years and continued to instill her love of reading and learning for years afterwards by tutoring local youths. She had lifelong love of the Thousand Islands, retiring here with her husband Bob in 2002 and capturing that beauty through her art and poetry. She volunteered as an EMT with both TIERS and Wellesley Island Volunteer Fire Department, sharing her compassion and caring with the community. She was also a member of the Clayton Methodist Church.

Deborah was predeceased by her brother David and her parents Robert and Elizabeth Powers. She is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Danielle (Jimmy) Jones, son Scott (Molly) Oliver, sister Cyndie Powers Hall and nephew Jon Powers. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wellesley Island Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund, a cause she vigorously worked for in her final years.

A Celebration of Life will be held this summer so that all of her River friends can attend.

Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, NY and condolences may be made online at

We will miss you Debbie!

TI-Rescue’s New Building – Steel Delivered

FEBRUARY 2, 2016 

Good News–Steel for the Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service’s building arrived at the site of the new station. DC Builder employees worked throughout the morning taking the steel off the truck and placing it next to the foundation and floor area. Ground breaking took place next to Clayton Fire Department on October 14, 2015 and the TI-Rescue architect, Aubertine and Currier says construction is on schedule and the community will see the structure take form Feb and March with delivery of the remaining components. TI-Rescue has also been donated “In-Kind” materials like doors and windows from local businesses reducing costs and they expect more from businesses in the near future. The generosity so far of the Public, Businesses, Trusts, and Foundations have contributed nearly $687,000 towards the $1.3 million goal of the One Life at a Time Capital Building Campaign.

Much more generosity is needed to make the goal and secure an Emergency Medical Services capability of which the community can be proud. TI-Rescue still needs your financial help, just as you need that ambulance when calling 911.

The TI-Rescue Board and Campaign Committee are studying naming opportunities commensurate with donations. Several community presentations have been done with the next two being the Knights of Columbus on February 9th and then TI Chapter of ACBS on Feb 13 at Bonney Castle. Organizations, churches and civic groups can request a talk from TI-Rescue Management on status and progress and to help inform all regards of Emergency Medical Services in the North Country. TI-Rescue volunteers are also starting a follow up telephone call campaign to businesses and property owners plus gearing for several donation dinner events this Spring. 


OCTOBER 12, 2015 

Official Ceremony Celebrates a Permanent Home for the Agency

Clayton, NY, October 14, 2015 – Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Services will host an official ground-breaking ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the site of its new building at 855 Graves Street in Clayton, next to the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department.

Public officials, members of the TIERS Board of Directors and its Capital Campaign Committee, and representatives from the architectural and construction contractors will be in attendance. In case of inclement weather, a tent will be available for the brief ground-breaking ceremony marking the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

“TIERS has spent a great deal of time and effort over the last several years to reach this important milestone in its development” said Rolly Churchill, the agency’s Executive Director. He also noted that “This project would not have happened if it not for the hard work and assistance of many groups and individuals, including the Towns of Orleans and Clayton and the Village of Clayton, the TIERS Capital Campaign Committee and its Chair, Dan Throop, staff members and volunteers, and the many generous people who have contributed to date. A generous gift from the Northern New York Community Foundation helped kick-start our campaign.”

Created in 2001 by leaders in Orleans and Clayton, TIERS delivers paramedic-level emergency care, the highest level of care available, on a 24/7 basis using both paid and volunteer staff. In partnership with the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department and its fireboat, TIERS also serves the island residents in these two communities. TIERS provides mutual aid to surrounding communities and islands as well. (Additional information on TIERS and its building campaign is attached.)

As a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization, TIERS is committed to excellence in patient care and community health and safety education. The New York State Department of Health recognized TIERS’ level of excellence by naming it the 2008 Emergency Medical Services Agency of the Year.

Remembering Norm Wagner

OCTOBER 7, 2015 

Our good friend Norm Wagner passed away Thursday October 1, 2015. When I first arrived to Clayton to assume the role of Director of Operations in 2001, Norm took me on elaborate rides in our ambulances to get me acquainted with the geography of the Town of Orleans and Clayton. With each road, turn and stop in our meandering road trips Norm had an interesting story, a history lesson and description of nearly every house, family, and days gone by that made me appreciate what the River area has and what the future could bring. After Norm had open heart surgery he was no longer able assume the role of my ambulance driver but cordially volunteered to be a “patient” in my EMT classes. He found it entertaining to “just be himself” to the students and jokingly quiz them about the medications he took. This is what Norm did. The real deal. Norm was a testimonial to human spirit, humor, and what the bond of friendship is secured with. I will miss you my old friend.


TIERS Building site takes shape

SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 

Clayton NY – The much anticipated grading and filling at the site on Grave Street in Clayton for the new Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Services’ (TIERS) building has begun. Recently bids were opened and DC Builders was chosen as the general contractor for construction of the 6800 square foot building. “We have waited quite a while for our new facility” says Rolly Churchill, the Executive Director at TIERS. “Our team has much to look forward to and this is a great testimonial to what our community does to support our emergency mission.” says Churchill. A formal Ground breaking ceremony is planned near the end of September or first week of October. The Capital Building Campaign will continue for the next two years. 28% of the 1.3 million project has been raised as of September 17, 2015. 

Highway Legends Donate To TI-Rescue

JULY 30, 2015

Clayton – On the weekend of May 15-17, 2015 the Watertown based Highway Legends Car Club sponsored the 5th Annual Two Nations 1000 Islands Extravaganza at Cerow Recreation Park in Clayton. The proceeds for the Legends event went to Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TI-Rescue).

On Thursday July 23, 2015 the Highway Legends presented a check to Rolly Churchill, Executive Director of TI-Rescue for $5000.00.

These proceeds will be utilized for TI-Rescue Capital Building Campaign project that will be in the public phase beginning in August or September, 2015


TI-Rescue Paramedics and EMT take the Plunge for River Hospital

MARCH 5, 2015 

Thousand Islands Rescue Paramedics Dana Reid, Pamela Jones and EMT Elliott Russell participated in the River Hospital Polar Bear Dip on Saturday February 21, 2015. Dana, Pamela and Elliott raised over $1100.00 dollars for River Hospital. BBBBRRRRR it was cold. Good job! 

EMT Class of 2015

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 

Pictured left to right (rear five), Joe Burke, Adams Center, Al Sanchez, Fort Drum, Patric Brown, Fort Drum, Tyler Russell, Cape Vincent, Collin Shane, Clayton. Front row, left to right, Molly Manual, Three Mile Bay, Polly Baril, Clayton, Kasey Hays, Alexandria Bay, Tracy Stephenson, Redwood, and Jackson Allen, Clayton.

1000 Islands – Thousand Islands Rescue Executive Director Rolly Churchill and NYS EMT Instructor, proudly announces the EMT graduating class of 2015. The Jefferson County EMS and Jefferson Community College sanctioned class began on August 18, 2014 and the final exam was on January 15, 2015. Graduates will be certified as Emergency Medical Technicians through New York State Department of Health. “I am very proud of this group, states Churchill, “ The rigorous class for these students who are here two evenings a week and many weekends is fast paced, challenging and rewarding. ”Many will go onto being area volunteers or career medical providers who will go into the field to save lives. “I always see this as a noble undertaking.” They will serve their communities well.” says Churchill.


DECEMBER 22, 2014 

Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) is pleased to announce that it has received a $75,000 grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation and its constituent Kenyon Community Fund to help the rescue service secure a permanent facility.  Since its founding in 2001, TIERS has leased ill-suited spaces to house it ambulances and staff, and the agency’s recently enacted strategic plan identified a new facility as a key goal.

Roland “Bud” Baril, chair of the TIERS Board of Directors, praised the agency’s new partnership with the Community Foundation, noting that “the Foundation’s efforts to improve the north country’s well –being are extremely important and their support of TIERS will lead to enhanced emergency medical services in the towns of Clayton and Orleans as well as the surrounding islands and River communities.”

With the funds received from the Community Foundation, Mr. Baril said that “we can now plan and design a new facility, one that we would own and that would meet the needs of a modern emergency medical services agency. Such a facility is crucial to the long run sustainability and continued success of TIERS.”

TIERS provides the highest level of professional emergency medical care available, with on-duty paramedic–level responders available 24/7.  The agency has received recognition for its high- quality emergency care and innovation, and is a past recipient of the prestigious Emergency Medical Services Agency of the Year Award from the NYS Department of Health.

For more information, contact Roland “Bud” Baril, Chairman (315) 686-2832

Photo:  One of the proposed new facility designs.

TI-Rescue Promotes Paramedic Michael Bennett to Operations Chief

DECEMBER 9, 2014

Rolly Churchill (left), Executive Director of Thousand Islands Rescue, announces the appointment of Paramedic Michael Bennett as the agency’s Operations Chief. In his expanded role, Mr. Bennett will oversee day-to-day operations and scheduling and serve as TI Rescue’s narcotics officer. Mr. Bennett has been with the agency for many years beginning as a volunteer and progressed through the ranks to become a full time Paramedic. “I am proud of Mike and his accomplishments within the agency.” says Churchill. “It is rewarding to see a local resident and member of our own community who was educated in our area college programs to succeed.”

TIRescue is a NYS Emergency Medical Services Agency of the Year award winner with ambulances located in Clayton and Fishers Landing N.Y.