AFD on scene 409 Main Street for burst sprinkler pipes
The recent arctic weather brought even more work to an already overburdened Amherst Fire Department with calls for help dealing with burst water pipes numbering around 40-- many of them in large commercial or academic buildings where the sprinkler systems were the culprit.
AFD on scene UMass Goodell Library for burst sprinkler pipe
Yes, commercial sprinklers are located in the ceilings of buildings and heat does rise. But a sprinkler system is designed to cover everything so all it takes is one small area where insulation is sub par.
Kind of like a frozen pond that has a tributary stream entering it so the ice is a lot thinner at that one spot and far more dangerous for an unsuspecting skater.
AFD on scene Applewood Retirement Community for burst sprinkler pipe
Atkins Market, Applewood Retirement Community, UMass Goddell Library, Amherst College Merrill Science Center and a bevy of smaller commercial buildings all suffered the major hassle of freezing water raining down from above.
In addition AFD had two almost simultaneous box alarms during the lunch hour on Tuesday that tied up the entire on duty shift, one at UMass North Village family housing and a chimney fire in a residence on Flat Hills Road.
AFD on scene for box alarm UMass North Village Apartments
AFD on scene Flat Hills Road for a chimney fire
An emergency medical call for an elderly woman needing transport to Cooley Dickinson Hospital had to be handled by an ambulance from Northampton Fire Department because the two box alarms tied up all available AFD personnel.
Pine tree fell on car South East Street 4:45 PM Tuesday
NFD mutual aid would be required two more times before Tuesday was done.
Severe 1 car crash into utility pole sent 4 occupants to Baystate Hospital closing Rt 9 overnight. Photo via Hadley PD Facebook
A severe one car crash into an Eversource utility pole on Rt9 in Hadley last night required three AFD ambulances and one from NFD. All four victims were transported to Baystate in Springfield rather than nearby Cooley Dickinson Hospital because of the severity of their injuries.
So no, it's not just weekend drunk college students that overwhelm the Amherst emergency response system.
UMass and Amherst College heating plants were working overtime