AFD on scene, Hadley
The minimum staffing level at Amherst Fire Department -- only seven on duty -- that results in routine "calls for station coverage" from Dispatch during the week will now be in effect on weekends as well, until late January when our institutes of higher education start their spring semesters.
Thus only three ambulances can be staffed.
Reacting to negative attention brought on by all the drunk students cannibalizing our ambulances, UMass wisely decided to kick in an additional $40,000 per semester to fund four extra on-duty weekend staff (13 total), but that money ran out for this semester on November 2nd.
Since then AFD used its own "regular department overtime" to fund an extra two on duty staff (bringing total to 9, or potential staffing for four ambulances) but this past weekend was the last time until start of next semester. So now we're back to only three ambulances.
Notice over this past weekend there were two separate clusters of ETOH (intoxication) events at UMass that tied up two ambulances simultaneously; and when that happens again over the next two months it leaves only one ambulance remaining for the rest of Amherst, as well as Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury and Hadley.
Thus if you are going to have an accident over the next two months needing an immediate ambulance or firetruck, you may want to schedule it for a weekday.
Even then ...