SMITHSBURG -- For the month of September, volunteers from Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) responded to more than 70 calls and attended several local events, according to James Ulrich, deputy chief of SEMS.
The volunteer department has responded to 859 calls in 2009 as of Oct.1. The September calls included 14 responses in Smithsburg town limits, six responses to the Leitersburg area, and 10 to the Mount Aetna area. Another four calls were to the Cascade and Pen Mar area.
There were 11 mutual aid calls to Frederick County, Md., and three to Franklin County, Pa.
Eight calls were for abdominal pain, but some other call types included vehicle/pedestrian accidents (seven calls), structure fires (one call), and injured persons (14 total calls from various categories including falls and assaults).
Volunteers treated and transported 43 patients to area hospitals.
The top five volunteer responders for September were Brian House, Shaun McDonough, Melvin Smith, James Ulrich and Thomas Benjamin.