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Smithsburg EMS responded to 80 calls for service in April

May 08, 2010

Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) responded to 80 calls for service in April, according to Deputy Chief James Ulrich.

The company has responded to 311 calls so far this year, taking into account an adjustment to March's numbers after they were reviewed again.

One call was missed in the initial review so March's total calls were 76, Ulrich said.

Of the service calls, 41 were medical (chest pain, trouble breathing, diabetics, abdominal pain, allergic reaction, etc.), and 29 were trauma (fall, laceration, assault, etc....).

Eleven of those trauma calls were for vehicle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents.

Four calls were working structure fires, two were medical alarms, two were training incidents/drills, one was a hazardous materials investigation and one was a public service/citizen assist.

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SEMS responded to 19 calls in Smithsburg, 10 in Hagerstown, seven in Mount Aetna, seven in the Cascade/Pen Mar/Fort Ritchie area, two in Leitersburg, one in Boonsboro, one in Franklin County, Pa., and 12 in Frederick County, Md.

Ulrich said 21 calls were serviced in the Smithsburg area, but outside town limits. This includes Cavetown, Greensburg and Edgemont.

The top five volunteer responders were Brian House, James Ulrich, Michael Arnold, Krystina Gaudio and Thomas Benjamin.

On April 27, Cub Scout Pack 108 visited SEMS for a station tour and talk about EMS, 911, and accidental poisonings.

National Emergency Medical Services week is May 16 to 22. SEMS might have an open house at some point during the week.

The website for Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) has been updated. Go online to http://www.sems79.org for basic information about SEMS, Co. 79.

At the website, there is a link to the SEMS Facebook page, which is regularly updated with pictures and information.

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