AFD with assist of Agawam and Easthampton FD did 28 drunk runs over the weekend
A full 75% of the "emergency" ambulance runs generated by our institutes of higher education were alcohol induced, something that is easily preventable.
Yes the town will be reimbursed by private insurance or the parents pocketbooks to the tune of around $1,000 per trip, so the college aged youth ETOH runs are probably downright lucrative.
Mullins Center Friday night
But the real problem with having so freakin' many drunk runs over the past weekend is they tie up our emergency personnel, who are all pretty darn good at what they do but not capable of being in two places at once.
AFD on scene Mullins Center late Friday night
Thus an ambulance carting a drunk student to Cooley Dickinson Hospital is not availble to us when we call 911 for a friend or loved one who is suddenly having urgent need for medical attention.
The ambulance from another town that responds via "Mutual Aid" takes a lot longer than our own coming from Central or North Station.
And when you can't breathe, every second counts.