A great new addition to an already gold standard in EMS! Hats off to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston EMS for increasing their staffing to meet the needs of one of the nations greatest cities. Boston EMS has hired twenty new EMT’s and purchased ten new ambulances to increase their response fleet. Whenever visiting Boston, I am stuck by the pride I feel for the men and women that serve in their EMS program. I have spent many a day in Boston riding on the T, enjoying a nice walk through Boston Common, strolling through the Quincy Market building at Faneuil Hall for a quick bite, or picking a delicious culinary excursion in the North End; it is a city that embraces history, tradition, and excellence. Boston is also steeped in a strong tradition of excellent patient care, and a strong brother and sisterhood of the emergency response service. This city holds a very special place in my own personal development as a paramedic. I hold the professionalism and quality of the EMT’s and Paramedics of Boston EMS in the highest regard, having completed my paramedic clinical internship at the Boston Medical Center. On many a day and night in the city’s very busy emergency department (which often seemed more like a MASH unit), I had the fortune of working side by side with these very skilled responders. They demonstrate poise in our profession and are a model of success. Boston’s EMS system is one of the few free standing independent municipal EMS systems in the country. This very admirable quality coupled with the comprehensive backbone of world renowned medicine in the Boston area, and the very noble community outreach that Boston’s EMS has maintained over the years; Boston’s EMS system is not only outstanding, but it continues to demonstrate their flexibility in commitment to their mission by adding greater coverage in staffing and equipment. Best of luck to all the new additions coming to Boston EMS, and I hope all of they and their fellow responders remain safe. I truly hope the citizens of Boston know how lucky they are.
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