Small herd of students Fearing Street Saturday night 11:25 PM
So it was neither the best of times -- although the weather on Saturday was pretty perfect -- or the worst of times -- considering how bad things have gotten before around this time of year.
Friday into early morning Saturday seemed once again to be the worst of times for Amherst Fire Department, as once again an ETOH (alcohol OD) incident occurred at a time when all five ambulances were out, many of them for ETOH students, and had to be handled by "mutual aid," courtesy of Belchertown FD.
As usual the ETOH calls came during the Third Watch, starting around midnight, with an ETOH male at UMass. Dispatch called the ambulance en route to inform them there was another patient, also possible ETOH, who had fallen and hit his head while at the UMPD lock up.
AFD transported one to Cooley Dickinson Hospital and UMPD kept the other in "protective custody."
At 1:15 AM an ambulance responded to the s curves in Shutesbury for a downed motorcyclist, and since that is at the farthest reaches of the AFD protection zone it would tie up an ambulance for well over an hour.
At 1:19 AM another ETOH UMass student fell and hit his head at Kennedy Dorm Southwest high rise. As all our ambulances were tied up dispatch sent a firetruck with emergency first responders who stabilized the patient until Belchertown FD arrived to transport (A fire engine cannot transport patients).
Around 1:30 AM AFD responded to Gorman Dorm for a male student who had taken "liquid THC." That too was initially handled by Engine 3 until an AFD ambulance could arrive to transport.
Saturday was a very busy day in town with traffic backed up in the center for most of the morning and early afternoon. In addition to the usual Farmers Market the town common was also hosting the Fall Apple Harvest Festival, and of course McMurphy's Uptown Tavern was attracting a hoard of college aged youth dressed in green and wearing tacky plastic Irish hats for the "Half Way To Blarney Blowout" non-event.
AFD responded to a "box alarm" (meaning smoke had been detected by an actual witness) to a UMass dorm around 1:30 PM. The fire -- quickly extinguished by UMass Environmental Health & Safety -- was caused by a candle, and AFD engines stayed on scene to ventilate the building.
Emerson Dorm, UMass 1:45 PM Saturday
Around 6:00 PM AFD responded to two potential Q-5 (suicide) incidents in different parts of town, one where young lady had cut her wrists.
As the gorgeous day became night the calls turned to the usual drugs/alcohol related: Around 10:00 PM AFD responded to UMass for a female student who had "smoked something and now feels funny." I'm guessing it was not a carcinogenic cigarette.
AFD at 51 Phillips Street for ETOH female 11:15 PM
An hour or so later an ambulance (and APD) responded to 51 Phillips Street for an ETOH young female; and 15 minutes later another ambulance was needed at Townhouse Apartments for a young female "dazed and confused."
AFD on scene 50 Meadow Street 11:30 PM
By 1:00 AM AFD would respond two more times to UMass for ETOH students. Keep in mind the Red Sox playoff games have not even started, and it's not yet Halloween.
The (down) beat goes on ...