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EMS official's proposal would help police

August 05, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG -- A Smithsburg emergency medical services official on Tuesday proposed a way for fire and EMS departments in the county to help police responding to calls.

James Ulrich, deputy chief of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc., said if descriptions of vehicles involved in crimes were provided to fire and EMS departments, those units could alert police if they see the vehicles, he said.

The county's 30 fire and EMS departments also could help with other types of calls, like AMBER Alerts for missing children or Alzheimer's patients who disappear from their homes, Ulrich said.

He said fire and emergency crews would not get involved in such cases, but could report information to police.

Ulrich briefed members of the Smithsburg Town Council about his idea during the council's meeting Tuesday night. He said he plans to contact law enforcement officials to see what they think of the idea.

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