AFD at Kennedy Dorm for ETOH female
The exciting thing about living in a "college town" is every year around this time we absorb a tidal wave of new exuberant youths making Amherst their home for 7.5 months out of the year over the next four years.
The not so exciting thing is the learning curve involved with them fitting in.
Last year (9/6/13) between 6 PM and 7 AM Friday-into-Saturday-morning Amherst Fire Department transported 7 "college aged youth" from UMass for "substance abuse". This past Friday (9/5/14) into Saturday morning, one year later, AFD transported 13!
And another 3 transports from just off-campus that in all likely hood were UMass students.
So why the dramatic difference?
This year (9/5/14) the average temperature between the hours of 11 PM and 1:30 AM, when the majority of ETOH calls occurred, was 23 degrees higher than last year (75 vs 52 degrees). Warmer weather brings out the herds to roam the streets in search of a party.
And beer does not help with hydration.
Even with four extra firefighters paid for by UMass to cover the peak weekend demand, we still had to rely on surrounding fire departments five times.
Like for instance the cyclist who crashed his bike on North Pleasant Street and sustained a serious head injury. Northampton FD transported him to Baystate Critical Care unit in Springfield.
Cyclist down North Pleasant Street (awaiting ambulance) 12:45 AM
How many more warm weekends can we look forward to before winter sets in? How many more seriously injured citizens will have to wait for an out-of-town ambulance to arrive?
Left column humidity, right column temperature