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
THE CHARACTER COUNTS AWARD
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.
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"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
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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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 www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.
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.
THOUSAND ISLANDS EMERGENCY RESCUE SERVICE (TIERS) TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW FACILITY
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
THANK YOU LEGENDS!
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.
GRANT FROM NORTHERN NEW YORK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT PERMANENT FACILITY FOR THOUSAND ISLANDS EMERGENCY RESCUE SERVICE
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.