Thursday, November 12, 2015

Drunk Is Stupid

Still way too many drunk runs sucking up the valuable time of AFD on weekends.

Seven of the eight UMass ETOH responses required transport to Cooley Dickinson Hospital as did one of the two Amherst College ETOH calls, which ties up an ambulance for least an hour. 

In all 60% of "emergency runs' to UMass and 50% to Amherst College were alcohol related

And when they come in clusters all five Amherst ambulances can end up spoken for (in slurred words), meaning no other town ambulances are then available for a unanticipated emergency like a heart attack, auto crash or major structure fire.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a town problem. College kids drink a lot; it's no use trying to change their behavior overnight. The fire department is clearly underfunded

Larry Kelley said...


Anonymous said...

AFD has no Triage protocols?

Larry Kelley said...

They do.

But if you have 5 separate ETOH incidents spaced 10 minutes apart then all ambulances are gone.

Anonymous said...

Drunk is stupid. And alcoholism a disease. And as diseases go, it's a destroyer.