Annual Northern New York Volunteer Firemen's Association set for June in Potsdam, Norfolk
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:38 am

Potsdam and Norfolk volunteer fire departments will host the annual Northern New York Volunteer Firemen's Association convention in June.

Potsdam will host a golf tournament, business meetings, a drill, and block dance June 5, 6 and 7.

The annual convention parade will start on Sisson Street in Potsdam at 9:30 a.m. June 8. Following the parade, events will then shift to Norfolk for the association’s convention drill competition at the Clinton Street Course in Norfolk at 1:30 p.m.

Norfolk will also have games of chance, a block dance, and food.

The event in Norfolk will be similar to the competition held there the Saturday before Labor Day each year. Firefighters on “B and C trucks” demonstrate their skill in contests with ladders, hoses and buckets.

Teams from the nine-county Northern Area will compete including Norfolk, Louisville, Copenhagen, Lake Placid, Clayton Deerfield, Elsmere.

Representatives of the Potsdam Fire Department and Norfolk Fire Department met with officials of the Northern New York Parade and Drill Team Captains Association and the New York State Volunteer Firemen's Parade and Drill Team Captains Association Sunday, Jan. 13 in West Carthage to discuss plans for the annual events.

Potsdam asked Norfolk to host the drill competition as they do not have a suitable site while Norfolk does.