On behalf of Armstrong Ambulance Service, we wanted to extend a sincere thank you to all the donors who rolled up their sleeves and supported our blood drive Thursday, February 15th. Thanks to the generosity of Armstrong employees, other First Responders and members of the surrounding communities, The American Red Cross was able to collect 35 units of blood, exceeding our set goal of 32 units!
The real winners are the patients in need of blood. As we know, each blood donation will help save three lives, and with the success of our drive, our donors helped save a total of 105 lives!
We also extend a big thank you to Ed Kelly, Bob Gardner and the many volunteers who combined efforts to make this important event possible. Your time and donations are truly appreciated and most of all will give life and hope to blood recipients and their loved ones. Once again, we thank you all who came out and supported this great cause to help others.
Armstrong Ambulance has partnered with The American Red Cross of Massachusetts and will be hosting a blood drive February 15th at our Alpha-Arlington Base! Please join us in going red during the month of February to recognize American Heart Month and sign up to give the gift of life. Our goal is to have a total of 50 donors day of, saving 150 lives! The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood. ™
To sign up to donate please click link:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Armstrong EMT, Alex Cristofori and Armstrong’s donated winter clothing.
Thanks to Armstrong EMT, Alexander Cristofori, Armstrong had a successful 2nd annual Winter Warmth Clothing Drive. For the second year in a row, Alex partnered with Bay Cove Human Services to organize a drive and help spread warmth throughout our community. This year Armstrong collected 62 jackets, 30 sweaters, 11 pants, 15 scarves, 5 pairs socks, 23 pairs of gloves, 15 hats, 3 blankets and 3 pairs of boots. A grand total of 160 pieces of warm clothing were donated to Bay Cove Human Services to help keep our community members warmer this winter season.
We would like to extend a thank you to all who so generously donated items for this special cause. Your kindness will help make this season warmer for those who need it most!
It is with great honor to announce that The Metropolitan Boston EMS Council has chosen Armstrong Ambulance Service, Woburn Fire Department, and Woburn Police Department winning recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Team Response of the Year Award!
Armstrong Ambulance Service paramedics, along with Woburn Fire and Police units responded to a reported patient having a seizure. En-route to the call, the units were updated that the patient was actually on the roof of a building and a bystander was performing CPR. Upon arrival, EMS, Fire and Police personnel were presented with an incredible challenge of a technical rescue for a 48 year old man on a rooftop in cardiac arrest. The Woburn firefighters, police officers and Armstrong paramedics all worked together to expertly complete the rescue while continuously providing resuscitation efforts. This was accomplished by applying the LUCAS automated compression device, placing the patient in a scoop stretcher and carrying him down the Woburn Fire Department’s ladder truck.
The cooperation, strength and determination of all three organizations allowed this patient to make a full recovery and walk out of the hospital completely neurologically intact. Armstrong’s crew members involved in the Outstanding Team Response of the Year Award are Chris Mahoney, Kris Keraghan and Sylvian Ellis. Congratulations to these three Medics and to the rest of our company on such an achievement and recognition as a whole. Here’s to continuing to provide our families, organizations and community a promised “higher standard of care.”
The Seventeenth Annual Region IV EMS Awards Ceremony recognizing the following recipients will be held on Thursday November 9th at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street in Newton, MA. We thank you all for dedicating yourselves to excellence and exceptional patient care.
Pictured are the three responding Armstrong Paramedics. Top right: Kris Keraghan. Bottom left: Chris Mahoney. Bottom right: Sylvian Ellis.
President Gale Armstrong Brady, alongside Paul Gallagher, Victor Marchese, Bobby Hoffman, and Sean Mangan, celebrated 4th of July at the American Legion Post 39 in Arlington. The morning ceremony was a dedication to our great founder Bill Armstrong, who had previously donated the flagpole as a longtime member of the American Legion.
In an event of a medical emergency calling 911 should always be the first step, however, before EMS professionals arrive on scene it is often the life-saving techniques implemented by bystanders that increase a patient’s odds of survival and subsequent quality of life.
As a proud partner of the City of Medford, Armstrong Ambulance recently rolled out a variety of life saving skills classes to the community. To kick start the summer, we collaborated with the Medford Public Schools, Medford city government and Medford Fire and Police Departments on outreach initiatives focused on current public health issues.
Over the last few weeks, Armstrong Paramedics Sean Mangan and Danielle Rabickow taught all 400 graduating Medford seniors how to provide basic life saving techniques. This training included hands only CPR, how to use an AED, Naloxone administration, opiate awareness/education and the principles of hemorrhage control and tourniquet use. The Medford Vocational Technical High School seniors received additional training where workforce injury data from 2016 was used to teach injury prevention and aid within top categories of injury.
Additionally, life saving techniques were taught to Medford parents on June 1st, during The Medford Office of Prevention and Outreach’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit; a display focused on educating parents on spotting potential signs of opioid abuse. As part of this exhibit, Armstrong provided additional training for parents that included recognizing and responding to a stroke, using an AED, hands only CPR, spotting the signs and symptoms of an overdose and administering Naloxone.
We look forward to working in conjunction with all of our communities to deliver similar educational opportunities. We are always seeking opportunities to partner with interested schools, communities, and organizations. By providing the tools and resources necessary for life saving interventions, we hope to see a decrease in accidents and acuity of incidents that require emergency medical transportation.
Congratulations to our Administrative Services Manager Stacey Cloutier, who recently received Zoll’s EMS Pulse award. The award recognizes professionals who are the pulse of their EMS organization, working behind the scenes of prehospital care and empowering their organization to provide better care and ultimately enable their teams to save more lives within their communities.
Stacey received this award because of her 11 years of dedicated service to Armstrong. In 2012 she became the Project Leader for our efforts to get CAAS Certification. Utilizing RescueNet, she created a multitude of reports that gave great insight into those areas we needed to improve as we moved towards certification. She was then able to develop processes to recognize deficiencies and identify methods to improve them. These systems were created in such a way that they are reusable, not only towards certification but also as methods to identify problem areas on an ongoing basis. Stacey has created extensive reports on fleet utilization, movements, and costs. Through this data, we have decreased fuel costs, lessened insurance claims and provided a safer working environment overall. Again in 2016, Stacey spearheaded Armstrong’s successful CAAS re-accreditation effort, and she continues to contribute daily to improving the organization.
Thank you, Stacey, for helping to keep Armstrong running!
Each year, we celebrate EMS Week to recognize the dedicated and committed men and women of Emergency Medical Services. This year’s national theme was “Always in Service”, identifying the fact that emergency medical personnel are continuously working to provide for their patients and communities.
We kicked off the week with our annual scavenger hunt. Employees were given a list of tasks to complete in 12 hours throughout their workday. Throughout the week we celebrated with catered breakfasts, base visits from a food truck and an ice cream truck, and numerous giveaways, including an Armstrong Ambulance logoed mag light, popular artist’s concerts inHeinekenekein Boardroom, and gift certificates to local restaurants. We had a lot of fun during the week with our activities, treats and giveaways and are already looking forward to EMS Week 2018!
It is always great to celebrate our employees and all of their accomplishments, but just to make things sweeter; we were recognized by the American Ambulance Association for our week long celebrations! Check out the article HERE.
Armstrong Ambulance is proud to announce our partnership with Project Linus.
After reading an article in 1995 about a young girl who depended on her “blankie” to tolerate her chemo treatments, Karen Loucks founded Project Linus. The mission of Project Linus is to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers””. Since the 1995 inception, over six million handmade blankets have been donated to children all over the world.
This extraordinary mission has made such an impact on lives and continues to expand into communities in all 50 states. Armstrong is proud to have partnered with Project Linus and District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office in an effort to provide a special blanket to any child affected by a crisis in Middlesex County.
In this partnership, Armstrong will not only be a drop off location for any handmade blankets in the area but will also work with the Project Linus/Middlesex DA team to best identify and distribute these special security blankets to children in need.
All homemade blankets can be dropped off at Armstrong’s
Arlington Headquarters located at 87 Mystic Street.
To become a “blanketeer”, or for more information on
Project Linus, please visit http://www.projectlinus.org.
On Friday, April 21st, we had the honor of hosting a reunion for SheNequa, Laurie, and Shane Haynes.
Two Months ago, Nick Henderson and Kyle Vieira responded to a 911 call for a woman in labor. Once Nick and Kyle arrived on scene, things moved very quickly so the crew assisted SheNequa with the birth of baby Shane. By their talent and grace under pressure, you would never know that this was both Nick and Kyle’s first delivery! Mom and baby arrived at Armstrong today healthy, happy and excited to reunite with the crew that helped bring Shane into the world. SheNequa and Armstrong exchanged gifts, (one being an “Armstrong Ambulance Special Delivery” onesie), and recounted the very memorable events from the morning of her delivery.