CHAUTAUQUA - Chautauqua is one of the most unique communities in Chautauqua County and one of the most challenging to provide with emergency services. Compared with just a few hundred winter residents, the Chautauqua Institution springs to life at the end of June every year when the population escalates to 12,000 for the nine-week summer season.
The fire department's calls also soar from an average of 15 a month in the offseason to more than 100 calls a month in July and August, two-thirds of which are medical in nature. The ambulance carries the best pre-hospital care equipment available and the fire/EMS personnel are well trained and experienced.
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