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Emergency medical services responds to 118 calls in March

April 04, 2007

SMITHSBURG - For the month of March, Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) responded to 118 calls for service, up from 99 calls during March last year.

A breakdown for the month includes 23 calls within Smithsburg town limits and 17 calls to the company's area served by the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Department.

SEMS personnel handled 11 calls in their portion of the Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department's response area. Mutual aid calls to other counties included 20 to Frederick County and two to Franklin County.

Smithsburg EMS also handled or assisted on 13 calls in Hagerstown's Community Rescue Service area. Another four calls in February were to the Cascade and Pen Mar areas.

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Personnel from SEMS transported 85 patients to local hospitals during the month.

Smithsburg EMS also transported one patient to Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. as a result of a vehicle crash in Frederick County during one of the snowy March days.

In February, SEMS responded to 88 calls for service, according to Capt. James Ulrich.

A breakdown for the month includes 20 calls within Smithsburg town limits and 10 calls to the company's area served by the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Department.

SEMS personnel handled six calls in their portion of the Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department's response area. Mutual aid calls to other counties included 12 to Frederick County and seven to Franklin County.

Smithsburg EMS also handled or assisted on seven calls in Hagerstown, and another three calls to the Cascade and Pen Mar areas.

With winter weather came an increase in the number of patients who had fallen - six in January and 13 in February.

There were 11 vehicle and pedestrian accidents during February as well.

Personnel from SEMS also assisted on four fire-related calls during the month, transported 54 patients to local hospitals, and took one patient to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The annual awards banquet was held March 10 at Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown.

SEMS personnel received awards for dedication and outstanding service to Smithsburg and the surrounding communities during 2006.

Last year, members respond to more than 1,000 calls and logged 33,000 hours of volunteer service.

Each of the 2006 officers received a plaque for their countless hours of service to the department and the communities it serves.

Awards were also presented to Jennifer Gargana, top paramedic; James Ulrich, top EMT; and Brian House, aider of the year.

The Unsung Hero of the Year was Vance Almy.

Also presented were the Top 10 responder awards, which are tabulated from only volunteer responses.

The department was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Washington County Sheriff's Office in appreciation for the cooperation and assistance provided and the service, dedication and commitment Smithsburg EMS has to the safety of the citizens of Washington County.

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