AFD ambulance. The quicker the response, the better
If you -- my Amherst neighbor -- or a loved one required immediate aid last weekend in the form of highly-trained first responders riding aboard a well-equipped Amherst Fire Department ambulance, you quite possibly would have had to wait, upwards of double or triple the normal response time, for a "mutual aid" ambulance to arrive from a surrounding community.
No, it was not a mass casualty plane crash or train wreck that caused all of our ambulances to be engaged. It was drunk college aged youth -- eight of them at UMass, four at Amherst College (all women), and another four off campus.
And yes, one ETOH UMass female also had to be treated for "trauma" from a fall, only two weeks after another UMass female student died from head trauma after a late-night, after-party fall.
This is unacceptable ... embarrassing ... and downright scary.
AFD 1st Weekend December
What a difference a week makes! When our three institutes of higher education were closed for Thanksgiving break.
AFD Thanksgiving Weekend