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EMS responds to 91 calls

December 06, 2006

SMITHSBURG - In October, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to 91 calls for service, bringing the 2006 total to 901 responses as of Oct. 31.

Of the 91 calls for October, 10 were to Frederick County, Md., and one was to Franklin County, Pa. Sixteen calls were within the Smithsburg town limits, while another 15 calls were in the Hagerstown area, 14 to Leitersburg, eight in the Cascade area and seven in the Mount Aetna area.

The most common calls were for vehicle/pedestrian accidents and trouble breathing, which accounted for 27 calls.

Smithsburg EMS personnel transported a total of 58 patients to various hospitals during the month, including the transport of a hand trauma patient to the Curtis Hand Center of Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore due to helicopters being down due to weather.

On Oct. 31, Smithsburg EMS personnel patrolled the town to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters. Personnel on bicycles and a supervisor/duty officer in a vehicle provided extra safety for those out for trick-or-treat.

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In the event of an emergency, each bicycle team member carried emergency equipment to begin treatment until the arrival of an ambulance.

Though no injuries were reported, EMS personnel located a missing person during the event and contacted the family to arrange a safe return.

Community Rescue Service of Hagerstown loaned the bicycles for the evening.

This was the third consecutive year the service was provided, and the department plans to continue the trick-or-treat bicycle team in the future.

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