2024 Incidents
January 76
February 57
March 32
April 43
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Total 208

2023 Incidents
January 50
February 59
March 31
April 52
May 47
June 42
July 42
August 42
September 57
October 66
November 56
December 32
Total 576

2022 Incidents
January 50
February 53
March 43
April 42
May 46
June 57
July 41
August 50
September 67
October 58
November 44
December 69
Total 620

2021 Incidents
January 27
February 30
March 41
April 33
May 53
June 37
July 62
August 61
September 61
October 58
November 36
December 68
Total 567

2020 Incidents
January 34
February 32
March 25
April 21
May 34
June 27
July 39
August 46
September 51
October 36
November 44
December 31
Total 420

2019 Incidents
January 47
February 45
March 40
April 37
May 41
June 35
July 62
August 36
September 62
October 54
November 53
December 47
Total 559

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

Previous Incidents
2009 518
2010 550
2011 524
2012 549
2013 534
2014 523
2015 538
2016 532
2017 596
2018 611
2019 559
2020 420
2021 567
2022 620
2023 576

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By Past Fire Chief Christopher Taylor
October 10, 2023

Congratulations to Lieutenant Stephen Davis for successfully completing an intense three week FIRE INVESTIGATOR course at the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, New York. This extensive hands-on course provides in-depth knowledge and skills necessary to thoroughly investigate fires from fire scene to the courtroom as outlined in NFPA 921. It includes fire dynamics, motives, scene documentation, evidence, case preparation and testimony. Students engage in a hands-on investigation that includes investigating, documenting and collecting evidence from a fire scene, conducting background checks, interviewing witnesses, case preparation, and testifying at a mock trial in a court setting in front of a judge. The course also includes both a New York State Certification Test and the Pro Board Fire Investigator National Certification Test.

Prior to the three week residential course, Lieutenant Davis successfully completed two on-line prerequisite fire investigation training courses. In order to receive his New York State certification he will complete fifty (50) hours of fire investigations in the field under the supervision of a certified investigator. In order to maintain his certification, he must complete twelve (12) hours of annual tested training related to the fire investigation field and twelve (12 ) hours of fire investigations in the field.

Lieutenant Davis will become a member of the St. Lawrence County Fire Investigation Team continuing a long tradition of members from the Potsdam Fire Department providing assistance and their expert knowledge to other departments across the county in determining the origin and cause of the fires in their jurisdictions. Stephen also serves in a full time capacity as a Potsdam Police Officer and will expand the in-house fire investigation capabilities of that agency.

Special thank you to his family and the Potsdam Police Department for supporting Officer Davis in this new role and allowing him the opportunity to enhance the fire investigation resources for the Village of Potsdam and St. Lawrence County.


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