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August busy month for Smithsburg EMS

September 02, 2009

SMITHSBURG -- Summer remained busy for members of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services, which responded to 115 calls last month. The August total represents a 23 percent increase over the responses made in July.

Deputy Chief James Ulrich said the busy month for the volunteer, nonprofit department pushed the year's total to 786 calls as of Sept. 1. Personnel transported 78 patients to area hospitals this month -- a total of nearly 500 transports made so far this year.

The number of calls to various communities included 30 within Smithsburg town limits, 11 to Leitersburg and Ringgold, seven each to Mount Aetna, Cascade and Pen Mar areas.

Another 38 calls were in the Smithsburg area -- outside of the town limits but not in the previously listed areas. Mutual-aid calls included five to the Hagerstown area, 11 to Frederick County and six to Franklin County, Pa.

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Some of the calls for the month included 20 calls for traumatic injuries, 15 calls for vehicle/pedestrian accidents, two structure fires and 71 medical-related calls.

Aside from responding to 911 calls, more training is under way. One member is enrolled in the Washington County Technical High School Fire/EMS Training Academy and two members are preparing to start the Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate program. All of the volunteers should be finished the bulk of their formal training by next July.

Also, while there were fewer local functions this month than last, Washington County Public Schools have opened for the school year and the department is preparing for the increase in school and local events.

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