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Emergency Medical Services busy in 2003

January 07, 2004

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services crews were busy in 2003.

The total number of calls for 2003 were 977, up nearly 100 from the 879 calls for 2002, said Capt. Jim Ulrich.

There were 90 calls for service during the month of December. The busiest day of the month was Thursday, Dec. 4, when crews responded to seven emergency calls.

Of the 90 calls in December, seven were to Frederick County, Md., and six to Franklin County, Pa. Twelve calls were in the Smithsburg town limits and another 16 calls were in the Mount Aetna area.

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Six calls were in the Cascade area, and 13 calls were to the Leitersburg area.

The most common call types were for trouble breathing and medical emergencies, which accounted for 27 calls.

There were four other calls for December, including an electrical shock, a water rescue, and assists on two house fires.

Ambulances took 43 patients to Washington County Hospital while another six patients went to Waynesboro Hospital and two were transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

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