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Smithsburg EMS tops 1,000 calls for the year

December 01, 2009

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services (SEMS), responded to 92 calls in November and attended other local functions.

The November responses pushed SEMS past 1,000 calls for the year, with a total of 1,039 calls as of Dec. 1, according to Deputy Chief James Ulrich.

The November calls included 22 responses within Smithsburg town limits, 12 responses to the Leitersburg area, seven to the Mount Aetna area and eight calls to the Cascade-Pen Mar area. There were five mutual-aid calls to Frederick County, Md., five to Franklin County, Pa., nine to the Hagerstown area and one to the Boonsboro area.

Most responses in November were for general illness (15 calls), but some other call types included vehicle/pedestrian accidents (nine), falls (10) and chest pain (14).

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The top five volunteer responders for November were Brian House, Ulrich, Shaun McDonough, Andy Smith and Justin Ruppenthal.

In addition to responding to calls, SEMS personnel attended the first Fort Ritchie Health Expo and the Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park. They also welcomed a Cub Scout pack for a tour of the station, ambulances and numerous pieces of equipment used by EMTs and Paramedics. The Scouts also received some first-aid training.

Winter safety information

December is here, and snow and ice will inevitably be heading our way.

SEMS reminds area residents to use extreme caution, whether driving or shoveling. SEMS tends to see an increase in vehicle crashes during inclement weather, as well as an increase in patients complaining of chest pain, exposure and fatigue. Cardiac arrest is an ever-present danger that increases with demanding physical activity such as shoveling heavy, wet snow.

Take frequent breaks, keep warm, stay hydrated and avoid working outside for extended periods.

Ensure a family member or neighbor is able to check on you if you will be working alone.

Take the time to properly remove snow and ice from walkways to prevent falls and other traumatic injuries.

Hunting safety

Hunt with a buddy or make sure someone knows where you will be and when you should return.

SEMS personnel might have difficulty finding a tree stand that is far from a residence. Obtain GPS coordinates of your tree stand or other location, keep them with you and provide them to an emergency contact person. The GPS coordinates should be provided to 911 dispatchers or to EMS crews so they can better locate hunters in the event of an emergency.

For more information, call Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services at 301-824-3314.

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