Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Two teenage females running in the 89-degree heat at the 20th annual Corrib Classic 5K Road Race in West Roxbury, were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Two female teenage runners at the 20th annual Corrib Classic 5K Road Race in West Roxbury were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. A teenage female fell down while running on LaGrange Street, and was taken to Faulkner Hospital, while another teenage female had a "medical issue" on Maple Street, and was transported to Boston Children's Hospital. Both were running the race, said Boston EMS spokesperson Jen Mehigan. The 89-degree heat was shining brightly throughout Sunday, especially when the race began at noontime. There were Boston EMS personnel throughout the race, and runners were offered water throughout the course by volunteers. Mehigan was also actually onhand at the Corrib Classic 5K, as she ran the race, …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Donations can be made online or checks can be mailed to the fund organized by Boston's Fire, Police, EMS organizations.
The Boston First Responders Fund has been established by our city's first responders to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. "(The Boston Marathon) was a sad day for the city of Boston, our state and our nation,” said Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, via press release. “(Patriots' Day) we cared for the victims and today we want to take care of them moving forward. To the families of the victims of (Monday's) tragedy, we can never bring your loved ones back or take away the injuries you sustained from this attack. This fund is one way to hopefully provide comfort in your time of need.” Richie Paris, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718, said 100 percent of donations will go …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Current Boston EMS Superintendent Dianne Cavaleri remembers medicine being delivered to residents by snowmobile, including insulin to diabetics.
Thursday, February 7
The following was written by Jennifer Mehigan, Director of Media Relations for Boston EMS. Thirty-five years ago this week, Boston was engulfed in snow. More than 27 inches fell in a 24-hour period at one point. The snow, and in particular the wind, crippled the city and the region. For many residents, it was an adventure. For members of Boston EMS, it was an experience of a lifetime. “We worked for four days, 24-plus hours straight that first day and then double shifts,” recalls Superintendent Dianne Cavaleri, who was a 23-year-old EMT at the time. “Ambulances were stopped, physically couldn’t move, after the 26th hour.” Depending on what area of the city you worked would dictate how busy you stayed. In the inner city Boston EMS was …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Be aware of the symptoms of hypothermia, and remember to check on your elderly neighbors. And don't ever use your oven for heat!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The following column was provided by the Boston Emergency Medical Services department. For many of us, when we think winter, we think ice skating on the Frog Pond, sledding with the kids on the neighborhood hill, sipping hot chocolate and watching the snow fall. These are the parts of winter that we all enjoy. Then there’s shoveling the sidewalk and digging out the cars after a storm, slipping on icy steps, downed trees and power outages. The more we prepare for problems and bad weather, the safer we’ll all be. At Boston EMS, our crews are ready for any call. And there are several things people can do to keep themselves and their families safe this winter: Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and poisonous gas that develops when …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Fifty-seven former patients of Boston Emergency Medical Services have been notified.
More than 60 patients received doses of controlled medications that a former Boston EMS employee may have tampered with during the summer of 2011, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. A Boston EMS paramedic reportedly administered compromised medications to 64 patients during a six-week period in the summer of 2011. Seven patients died soon thereafter as a result of their initial trauma or illness, leaving 57 patients to be notified of the misconduct. Boston EMS’s review of transport records for these patients showed no indication of adverse health outcomes as a result of the medication they received, they said. All 57 patients have been offered free screening for infectious diseases, and the Boston Public Health …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Boston City Council mulled a plan to create a volunteer registry of autistic residents, which first responders could use to help rescue special needs residents during a fire.
Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo proposed creating a voluntary registry that would help identify individuals with special needs to rescue workers at a rescue situation. Consalvo made the proposal at Wednesday's City Council meeting. Consalvo said he's working with Bill Cannata on the issue. Cannata is the statewide coordinator for the Autism & Law Enforcement Coalition of the Family Autism Center. Cannata, a Westwood firefighter, was featured in a "Today Show" segment about rescue workers saving kids with special needs. Consalvo recounted a story Cannata told him that emphasized why rescue respondents need training on how to work with special needs individuals. "An 18- or 19-year-old autistic person was told by his parents to never …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Learn why emergency vehicles use sirens — and what you can do in West Roxbury if they bother you.
During the last week West Roxbury Patch presented two quizzes about Boston sirens. Here's the first quiz and here's the second quiz. And keep an eye for the third quiz coming soon... Now how about some background on sirens: Of the five human senses, hearing alerts the brain to danger most quickly. "Hearing is considered to be a primary warning sense," according to the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch. "A loud auditory signal may exert an immediate arousing effect." For this reason, emergency vehicles, fire engines, ambulances, and police cars, sound high decibel sirens to alert motorists and pedestrians to move out of the way. When the sounds of the day have quieted and buses and trains have ceased to run, sirens disrupt the …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Listen to this short audio clip and identify the emergency vehicle that makes it.
To the average civilian ear, fire engine, police, and ambulance sirens sound much the same. But through this series of quizzes, you'll learn to identify the sirens that mark life in West Roxbury. Listen to the attached audio clip and take the quiz at the bottom of the text. We'll post the answer to today's later in the week. You can listen back to Sunday's siren at this link - and it was an ambulance.
Monday, October 31, 2011
The Boston EMS Academy is a 6-month training program of classroom work, field instruction, exercises and drills to prepare EMTs.
Take note, while it's nearly impossible to not hear about cuts due to the "economy" - Boston is still hiring. The Boston EMS Academy graduated 18 new EMTs on Oct. 27. There were also promotions of Superintendent Tim Holland, two deputy superintendents, and one lieutenant. “When you wear that uniform, you represent the care and respect that the City of Boston has for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Thomas Menino. “Not just anyone has the right to wear the shirt and badge of a Boston EMS EMT. It has to be earned, and you have earned it today.” Roslindale's Robert Grueter decided to work in EMS after seeing a bad car accident, and signed up for an EMT course a week after. “I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to work with the best in …
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Two separate accidents occurred on VFW Parkway at West Roxbury Parkway around 1:45 a.m.
Two accidents occured where the VFW Parkway meets the West Roxbury Parkway intersection early Sunday morning. At 1:45 a.m., a 2003 Acura MDX SUV carrying four passanegers rolled over at the site. The driver was a 39-year-old from Dorchester. All in the car were injured to varying degrees, according to state police. One miniute later in the same location, a second accident occurred between two cars, both coupes. One car, a 1999 Honda model, carried one passenger, while a 2008 Honda Accord carried four. The operators were a 26-year-old female from Boston and a 23-year-old female, also from Boston, state police said. Reports from Boston EMS, as relayed by Twitter handle mflynn6705, said five people were brought to area hospitals as a result …