EMS personnel respond to 101 calls in October

November 03, 2004

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to 101 calls for service during the month of October, bringing the annual total of responses to 811 as of Oct. 31, according to information provided by Capt. James Ulrich.

Of the 101 calls for October, 12 were to Frederick County, Md., and three were to Franklin County, Pa. In Smithsburg town limits, there were 29 calls, while another nine were in the Hagerstown area. There were seven each in the Cascade and Mount Aetna areas, and 14 to the Leitersburg area.

The most common call type was for vehicle and pedestrian accidents, which accounted for 14 calls.

Personnel transported 67 patients to area hospitals by ambulance during the month. One patient was flown out by helicopter.

The department also assisted on two house fires and two calls for children trapped in playground equipment during the month of October.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Smithsburg EMS personnel patrolled the town to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters.


Four personnel were on bikes, two were in the center of town and two were in the Whispering Hills subdivision. A supervisor/duty officer was in a vehicle providing extra safety for those out for trick-or-treat.

Each bike team member carried emergency equipment to begin treatment until the arrival of an ambulance. There were no injuries reported and no services were needed for an emergency.

Ulrich said there was positive feedback of the combination bike and vehicle patrol, and it will continue in the future. The bikes were on loan from Community Rescue Service of Hagerstown.

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