Armstrong Ambulance Service Inc. medics, EMT’s, and other first responders are donning pink exam gloves all month long in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Breast cancer touches us all, and this month shows us that every gesture that raises awareness is important, no matter how big or small,” said Richard Raymond, Armstrong’s CEO. “Our crews are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and they are always willing to talk about how important this issue is, especially when someone notices their pink gloves and asks about them.”
- Nearly 12 percent of women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
- This year, more than 300,000 total cases of invasive and non-invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women, and nearly 2,500 new cases are expected in men.
- Nearly 40,000 women will die this year.
- Breast cancer is the second most diagnosed form of cancer in American women, second only to skin cancer.
About Armstrong Ambulance Service Inc.
Based in Arlington, Mass., Armstrong Ambulance was founded in 1946, shortly after Bill Armstrong returned from his tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. While living at home, he watched his mother, a registered nurse, care for friends and family when they were injured or sick, and was inspired to follow her example. As the company grew, Bill earned a reputation for care and compassion, and quickly became an industry leader. He was instrumental in forming the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, developed to ensure the highest standards of care by ambulance services statewide. Today, Armstrong employs 300 highly-trained emergency medical services professionals, and provides EMS services to 17 communities in the Greater Boston Area, responding to more than 45,000 emergency calls every year.
The safety of our patients and crews is always of the utmost importance to us at Armstrong Ambulance. As Channel 4 highlighted live from our Arlington base, we have protocols in place for dealing with serious issues such as Ebola, and will continue to dedicate ourselves to keeping the community healthy.
NECN broadcasted live from Armstrong Ambulance’s Arlington base to demonstrate our preparedness in dealing with potential Ebola cases. Our well trained crews, (along with SimMan), participated in a mock code where Ebola was suspected. Click the link to see BLS Clinical Supervisor Glen Biddiscombe, Field Operations Manager Davin Fors and Director of Clinical Services Stacy Gillis in action!
We have a winner!
At the annual Region III awards, Armstrong crews received the “Team Response Award” based on their quick triage of patients and coordination of care at a Medford motor vehicle accident on August 1, 2014. This Level 1 MCI involved five critically injured patients, four of whom were evicted from the car upon impact, and one who was entrapped and later extricated after an extensive effort by Medford Fire.
The award recipients were: EMT-P Edwin Alarcon, EMT John Sullivan, EMT-P Michael Gilbert, EMT Jennifer Marshall, EMT Kristin Shea, EMT Kayla Giammarco, EMT Peter Reed, EMT Adam Brownstein, EMT-P Eric Hunter, EMT-P Michael Forget, EMT-P John Conceison, EMT Denise Trimble, Field Operations Manager, Joe Amello, Dispatcher Colin Friend and Dispatcher Katie Donnelly.
As well, Jeff Scott, Communications Manager, won “Dispatcher of the Year” due to the calm and competent way he successfully talked a Medford father through delivering his baby son, prior to crews arriving on scene.
We are proud of our crews who impress us every day and are thrilled to see them receive some well-deserved recognition for their extraordinary efforts and dedication.