Mayor Walsh, Boston EMS Graduates 22 EMTs, celebrates 7 staff
BOSTON - Friday, December 1, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today
celebrated the graduation of 22 EMT recruits and recognized seven
department members recently promoted, in a ceremony at Faneuil Hall held
before family and friends. Among those addressing the graduates were
Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) Executive Director Monica Valdes
Lupi, JD, MPH, and Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley. The graduating class
will be assigned to frontline ambulances across the city.
Boston EMS Academy graduation commemorated the EMTs' successful
completion of the most extensive EMS post-hire educational program in
the country. The recruits, already state-certified EMTs prior to hire,
completed an additional 12 weeks of classroom training and practical
scenario work, as well as a 15-week field internship program to prepare
them to provide the best possible care in a busy evolving urban system.
Recruits were trained in a variety of emergency situations, including
mass casualty incidents, domestic violence cases, hazardous materials
exposures, transportation accidents, recovery services and
"As one of the leading emergency
medical services providers in the country, Boston EMS serves our
residents and visitors with compassionate and excellent pre-hospital
care," said Mayor Walsh. "Our EMTs and paramedics are there for us
during our most vulnerable moments, offering expert medical care and
support. I'm pleased to welcome this new class of recruits and thank
them for their service to our City."
During their training, the
recruit class responded to over 3,600 incidents. These calls included
illnesses, injuries, cardiac incidents, motor vehicle accidents,
deliveries, shootings, stabbings, overdoses and more. Having the
assistance of an experienced EMT field training officer throughout many
calls and different call types ensures that they are comfortable
providing care to patients regardless the circumstance, and also
understand the level of care, clinical excellence and professionalism
expected of them as Boston EMS EMTs.
Among others recognized at
today's ceremony were two department members who as EMTs became trained
and certified paramedics and then completed necessary Boston EMS
Paramedic promotional testing and selection, as well as a three-month
paramedic internship. Five department EMTs were also honored for their
promotion to Lieutenant. They completed a four-month classroom, field
and dispatch operations training program, and are now serving as
Boston EMS is one of the busiest
municipal EMS providers in the country, responding to over 125,000
clinical incidents per year. As a bureau of the Boston Public Health
Commission (BPHC), Boston EMS is committed to serving Boston's residents
through clinical excellence, emergency planning and preparedness, and
"The emergency, clinical, and community
outreach services provided by Boston EMS supports and informs much of
our public health programming," said BPHC Executive Director Monica
Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH. "Our newest members of Boston EMS will play a
vital role in protecting the health of Bostonians every day. We also
thank those honored for promotion for their continued service and
"I am always most pleased when these ceremonies
include both graduating recruits and department promotions, as our hope
with every new hire is that they will choose Boston EMS as a career,"
said Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley. "Recognizing our newest members, as
well as those who have already committed so much of themselves to the
department and their City, at such a historic venue makes this a
particularly special event."
In Boston's Fiscal Year 2018 budget,
Mayor Walsh increased the funding for EMS by nearly $1.4 million over
the previous year that enabled the department to replace seven
ambulances to support EMS services.To learn more about Boston's budget,
please visit here.
About the Boston Public Health Commission
The Boston Public Health Commission, the country's oldest health
department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of
health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of
health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.
Public service and
access to quality health care are the cornerstones of our mission - to
protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston
residents, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Commission's
more than 40 programs are grouped into six bureaus: Child, Adolescent &
Family Health; Community Health Initiatives; Homeless Services;
Infectious Disease; Recovery Services; and Emergency Medical Services.
About Boston Emergency Medical Services
Boston EMS, the provider
of emergency medical services for the City of Boston, is committed to
compassionately delivering excellent pre-hospital care and to protecting
the safety and health of the public.
Boston EMS' vision is to
expand upon our role as critical public safety agency that delivers
exceptional pre-hospital emergency medicine in an urban environment.