Smithsburg briefs

November 03, 2009

Smithsburg EMS' October report

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services responded to 88 calls in October, bringing its yearly total to 947 calls as of Nov. 1, according to Deputy Chief James Ulrich.

October calls included 10 within Smithsburg town limits, 23 to the Leitersburg area and 10 to the Mount Aetna area. Another three calls were to the Cascade and Pen Mar area. There were nine mutual-aid calls to Frederick County, Md., four to Franklin County, Pa., and seven to the Hagerstown area.

Most calls, 16, were for general illness. Other calls included vehicle/pedestrian accidents (14 calls), structure fires and other fire incidents (six calls), and one inhalation patient. A total of 49 patients were treated and transported to area hospitals.

Medical service volunteers also attended the homecoming parade, and provided a standby crew for Smithsburg football games and support vehicles during trick-or-treating. On Oct. 7, a crew went to My Favorite Place day care with an ambulance and talked to the children about emergency medical services, showing them some of the equipment used if someone gets hurt or sick.


Smithsburg EMS fund drive coming up

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services will start its fiscal year 2010 fund drive in the coming weeks, via mail.

Smithsburg EMS is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that responds to more than 1,000 emergency calls a year, according to Deputy Chief James Ulrich.

Smithsburg Fire's October report

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. responded to 40 calls for service in October, according to Chief Chris D. Rohrer.

Smithsburg Fire responded five times for working structure fires, seven times for vehicle accidents with injuries and four times to assist neighboring counties with working incidents. There were no response failures for the month.

The department had 37 personnel participate during October with an average of 9.94 personnel responding per call in October, Rohrer said.

Smithsburg Fire provided a standby crew during Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont, Md., and assisted numerous businesses and residents in the Smithsburg community.

During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 to 10, fire department volunteers educated several groups about fire safety, including Smithsburg and Cascade Elementary kindergartners and first-graders, Smithsburg Elementary prekindergartners, My Favorite Place day-care center, and 3- and 4-year-olds at Trinity Daycare.

If you live in Smithsburg Fire's first-due service area, you may make arrangements to receive smoke alarms if yours are not working by calling the fire station at 301-824-2889 or sending e-mail to

- Julie E. Greene

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