As a college student, I joined the local Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps. The small town and village the University resides in has a summer population of maybe 2,500 people, so the majority of our calls come from the school. Fire trucks roll almost daily for automatic alarms, usually burnt toast or something like that, and ambulances roll all weekend long to bring dangerously intoxicated students to the local ER. As you can imagine, the resident EMT’s and Firefighters get a little complacent when it comes to “false alarms” and “drunk calls” as they refer to them. Once in a while we deal with a combative football player who is intoxicated, but these calls tend to go quite smoothly. One fine Saturday evening (probably Sunday morning at this point) we were on our 3rd call of the night to the freshman dorms, to pick up an intoxicated female. She was in a nasty mood, but my partner and I managed to get her into the ambulance and our ALS started an IV, heart monitor, etc. About 5 minutes in we applied leather restraints to the patient, she was becoming increasingly combative and posed a threat to herself and the crew. She spoke in tongues much of the ride to the hospital (my fellow students don’t know when to stop drinking). Upon arrival we helped the overworked ER staff get her undressed, into a gown, and restrained on their bed again. As we stripped her down my partner pointed to a small black object tucked inside her belt. I reached over and picked up a… 4″ KNIFE! Had this young lady remembered she had this weapon, the whole night could have turned out differently. Please be careful, cautious, and always alert, Fire/EMS always has a surprise for you!