By: Eric Lee, Equipment Officer, 2016-2017
For the Halloween of 2016, Vassar College EMS responded to a total of 15 intox calls and required no mutual aid assistance for the calls on campus. The call volume for the night of Halloween has decreased from last years 18 calls.
To prepare this year, all Halloween crews participated in an intox MCI drill geared towards preparing all crew members to split and run calls as a two pair team. The MCI drill was able to give some newer members the experience and guidance from the EMS 1 during an intox or drug call, while allowing crews to become comfortable working with their fellow crew members.
In order to allow crews to focus on calls, Vassar College EMS had a dedicated dispatcher from VCEMS working with Safety and Security to better organize the dispatch of in service crews and keep track of the status of each crew. The dispatcher also worked with one Mobile Life ALS and one BLS standby unit to dispatch appropriate ambulances for patient transport. With two units on standby, this allowed the Arlington Fire District ambulances to continue to serve the surrounding community.
A total of four VCEMS crews were tasked with responding to any calls on campus. One additional crew was tasked with navigating Mobile Life units to the call location. With four crews on call from 10 PM to 2 AM the following morning, VCEMS was able to handle 15 calls over the 4 hour period. Only one crew was required to split to cover all calls in the area. Each responded to about 4 to 5 calls each during the night.