Rescue Squads Prepare for New Years

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

Rescue Squads and police personnel say they added to the number of on duty patrols to deal with the inevitable holiday accidents.

Michael Gibson, Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, says, "New Year's Eve is definitely one of the busiest nights of the year as far as call volume for us goes. Traffic crashes and things of that nature, a lot of alcohol-related stuff we see."

The rescue squad says it was prepared for the New Year's revelers who many have had a glass too many of champagne Monday night.

"We have all of our most experienced drivers behind the wheel," says Gibson. "We have extra crews staffed on duty tonight. All of our trucks have been checked over and thoroughly stocked and we just kind of keep an extra eye for anyone who may be driving suspiciously."

Rscue squads and police departments alike also say keeping themselves safe on the roads if a chief priority.

"We're all out here, fire, EMS, P.D. We're all out here doing the job and you know, we're here 24 hours a day, regardless of the holidays," says Gibson.

On an evening that is sure to include some alcohol-related injuries, Gibson has some advice for partiers that can be used any night of the year, not just on New Year's.

He says, "If you're gonna drink, stay home or have a designated driver. Also, I think the city cab services are running. Utilize those. Just don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking or driving."


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