On average, the Carson City Fire Department handles 23 calls a day, but Thursday was one for the record books with three paramedic ambulance crews covering 39 calls.
At about 2:30 p.m. the system was overloaded, seven calls seemed to come in almost simultaneously, and Carson City relied heavily on its neighbors.
Lyon, Douglas, and Tahoe districts each transported one patient and the Sierra Fire Protection District sent one ambulance to stand by at the county line.
"What's happening right now probably happens one or two times a month," Fire Chief Stacey Giomi said that crazy afternoon. "We had a …