AFD and UMPD assist intoxicated UMass student early Sunday morning (12:53 AM)
Saturday night was even worse than Friday for all things alcohol in our little college town; but fortunately the calls were spread out -- just barely enough -- so mutual aid from a surrounding Fire Department was not required.
Of course it helps greatly that AFD brings in extra staffing on weekends, almost doubling from the weekday level of 7 first responders up to 13. With that, five ambulances and a fire engine can be simultaneously staffed.
Ominously, the first ETOH call came in Saturday at 7:53 PM from the Mullins Center, during a UMass hockey game, for two intoxicated college aged youth, one male and one female. The night before the first (of six) ETOH cases started later, at 9:18 PM.
Before the dawn of Sunday morning AFD would do 8 runs to UMass vs 6 the previous night.
But the one incident that stands out in my mind and makes me question whether things will ever get better occurred at Amherst College: A3 is dispatched for an ETOH male at Crossett Dorm at 11:13 PM and upon arrival at the scene requests assistance from Engine 1.
AFD Engine 1 and A3 Amherst College Saturday night 11:15 PM
While paramedics are all inside dealing with the patient, a pack of boisterous students in preppie attire walk by. I hear one of them say loudly, "Go ahead, that would be awesome."
One young man sprints across the street to position himself alongside Engine 1, holds out his iPhone at arm's length taking "selfies" while holding up a can of beer in the other hand.
Two hours later AFD would respond again to Amherst College for an ETOH female with a head laceration due to a fall. Which of course could have been fatal.
I wonder if the smart ass who took the stupid selfies a few hours earlier gets that?
Yes, 22 ETOH calls, almost two-third of them to UMass, is a new record for this year.