Guilford County EMS preparing for New Year’s Eve

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford County emergency crews are prepared for a busy New Year's Eve.

Randy Kendrick is a supervisor with Guilford Metro 911.

"New Year's is one of the busy days because more people are back home and getting ready for the new year. Getting ready to go back to work," he pointed out. "Last year we responded to 757 incidents."

That included fire, sheriff, police and EMS calls.

Kendrick said they had extra people coming in to work and will have overtime to help with call volume.

Guilford County EMS Operations Manager Billy Livingston pulled statistics from the last several years of calls on New Year's Eve and New Year's day.

He said from 5 p.m.  until midnight New Year's Eve they do not typically respond to more calls than usual.

"However, we do see a striking difference between midnight New Year's Day and 6 o'clock in the morning compared to a regular day," he explained. "Four times the number of traffic accidents. Three times the assists with police like assaults or wrecks or fights."

He also noticed an increase in calls for unconscious people and overdoses in that post-midnight time frame.

"Unfortunately, every New Year's Eve we have at least one shooting or stabbing between midnight and 6 a.m. whereas on a regular day we don't even show one on average."

Greensboro police and Highway Patrol report having more units out on New Year's Eve.

They all said emergency crews are prepared for a busy night, but hope most people celebrate safely.

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