North Pleasant Street near UMass 12:43 AM
So yes, as with much of rowdy student behavior the weather -- sunny, hot and clear -- was a contributing factor in the mayhem unleashed in the Friday overnight.
But I have to assume that all the "college aged youth" transported to the hospital during the overnight had plenty of days in their own hometown like yesterday .. pretty much all summer long.
AFD @ Washington Dorm (freshmen housing) 11:15 PM for intoxicated male
But mix in the first weekend or two of being away from parental supervision for the first time in their lives, and throw together many thousands in that same ark (without benefit of Noah) and you have a volatile reaction bordering on explosive.
Around 12:40 PM a cyclist was down in the center of the road on busy North Pleasant Street which cuts through the heart of campus, unconscious and barely breathing.
Original reports stated a car vs bicyclist, hit and run. But upon investigation, although the cyclist may have been trying to avoid a car, he was not hit by a vehicle, only the center of the road.
With his head. And he was not wearing a helmet.
AFD @ UMass Visiters Center parking lot for intoxicated male 12:04 AM
Now pay attention: Due to call volume -- MOST of it alcohol related -- an ambulance had to be dispatched from Northampton Fire Department (2nd one within an hour), thus causing a delay for his transport to Baystate Critical Care unit in Springfield.
Yes, AFD Engines 1 and 2 were on the scene sooner (Engine 1 running at paramedic level and Engine 2 first on scene operating at "first responder level"), so he had good care from AFD ... but with a serious head injury you really need the level of care provided by a trauma unit ASAP.
AFD on scene Kennedy Dorm (freshmen housing) for intoxicated 17 year old female 12:12 AM
In all AFD had to rely on "mutual aid" ambulances five times during those bewitching hours before and after midnight. All them dispatched to UMass, our flagship of higher education.
Meanwhile, Amherst taxpayers are left holding the bag: In the short term, for an ambulance to arrive from a surrounding town for a family emergency; and in the l-o-n-g term for town officials to finally step up and properly staff our Public Safety Departments.
APD on scene large Frat party North Pleasant Street 12:30 AM
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