In critical situations, advanced life support (ALS) paramedics are also dispatched to augment the capabilities of the town-based EMTs.
Emerson partners with the Central Middlesex Emergency Response Association (CMERA) to enhance the care and response times throughout the CMERA communities; Acton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard and Weston. Two ALS intercept vehicles, each staffed with two paramedics from Professional EMS, cover our service area. A centralized ALS dispatch center at ProEMS utilizes GPS tracking to ensure the closets vehicle is dispatched to the incident.
Emerson’s skilled Emergency Department physicians will continue to provide medical control and quality oversight, as they have since our Paramedics program began in 1982. And thanks to computerized patient documentation in the field, critical patient information will be readily available to the emergency physicians and staff through a safe and secure website.
You can be confident that this new partnership will build upon nearly three decades of collaboration. Together, we are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of quality emergency response for the towns we proudly serve.
Roles of Paramedics and EMTs
Paramedics, EMTs and emergency physicians work as a team from the moment we’re contacted until the patient is treated at the Polo Emergency Center. However, paramedics and EMTs have distinct capabilities.
EMT – Trained in basic life support and qualified to perform non-invasive procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), administration of oxygen, splinting of fractured limbs and extrication of victims of motor vehicle accidents.
Paramedic – Trained in advanced life support and qualified, under the direction of a physician, to perform certain invasive procedures, which are usually performed only in a hospital's emergency department.
What to do in an emergency
In the case of a medical problem that requires immediate attention, community residents should call 911 or their local emergency phone number.