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Easthampton Fire Department dealing with more calls


HART AND SMITH ARE DUE BACK IN COURT IN LATE JUNE. THE EASTHAMPTON FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED NEARLY THREE THOUSAND SERVICE CALLS LAST YEAR. 22NEWS REPORTER ALESSANDRA MARTINEZ DISCOVERED THAT MOST OF THESE EMERGENCIES HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH FIRES. EASTHAMPTON FIREFIGHTERS RECEIVED 101 MORE CALLS THIS YEAR THAN 2015, FOR A TOTAL OF 2,855 CALLS. BUT THEY WEREN’T ALL FOR FIRE EMERGENCIES. I CREATED A DISPLAY ON YOUR SCREEN THAT BREAKS DOWN THE REASONS FOR THESE CALLS. THERE WERE 55 CALLS FOR FIRES THIS YEAR. BUT FOR EVERY FIRE CALL, THERE WERE MORE THAN 41 CALLS FOR RESCUE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES… WHICH BECAME THE BIGGEST REASON PEOPLE WERE CALLING. THIS ALSO INCLUDES DRUG OVERDOSES. 222 CALLS WERE FOR FALSE ALARMS… 114 TO REPORT SOMETHING WRONG. AN EASTHAMPTON RESIDENT I SPOKE WITH BLAMES THE DRUG EPIDEMIC. THE RESPONSE OF TRYING TO RESTRICT PRESCRIPTION OPIODS HAS PRODUCED A COUNTER-RESPONSE OF PEOPLE CHOOSING TO USE HEROIN, WHICH IS CHEAPER, MORE AVAILABLE, AND YOU DON’T NEED A PRESCRIPTION. FIRE CHIEF DAVID MOTTOR WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO SPEAK WITH ME ON CAMERA TODAY ABOUT THESE SPECIFIC CALLS. I PLAN TO ASK HIM TOMORROW HOW THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN HANDLING THIS GROWING CALL VOLUME… … AND I’LL POST THAT INFORMATION ONLINE AT WWLP.COM. LIVE FROM THE HC BUREAU IN NOHO, AM 22NEWS.

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