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July 2012 was the country’s hottest July on record. This was one factor leading to an unprecedented number of calls for emergency medical services (EMS) to Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services. The department handled a total of 911 calls during July, of which 565 were for EMS.
On July 4 alone, the department received 67 total calls. Crews responded to reports ranging from chest pains and burns from fireworks to heat-related emergencies and minor injuries sustained from bicycle and motor vehicle accidents.