Ambulance calls spike in Mitchell last month


MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - First responders in Mitchell were summoned to more than 200 requests for emergency services in January, an unprecedented number for one month.

Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris says ambulance staff typically respond to about 150 calls each month. Morris says the call spike has not been analyzed to attribute it to anything specifically.

Morris tells The Daily Republic if the upward trend continues, the department would likely be over budget. The Mitchell Fire Department responded to approximately 585 calls in 2017, similar to the number of calls over the past two years.

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