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Arlington EMS Comes Together to Fight Opiate Epidemic

In 2015 Arlington Chief of Police Fred Ryan announced a new program to combat the opioid epidemic that is currently afflicting New England.  From aggressively committing to enforcing drug laws to providing various treatment options for struggling addicts, the town of Arlington is creating a community-based strategy to stop the rising death toll.

Part of this initiative has been increasing the availability of the overdose treatment, Narcan. There were 40 overdoses reported in Arlington last year and five reported overdose deaths. However, Since the Arlington Outreach Initiative launched in July there has been no reported opioid related deaths in Arlington. From July on, Arlington Police, Fire and Armstrong Ambulance medics administered Narcan 29 times to reverse potentially fatal heroin and opioid overdoses.

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Armstrong Donates to St. Agnes School

Armstrong was pleased to donate an AED to St. Agnes School in Arlington in an effort to keep their students, teachers and visitors safe. Pictured are Rich Raymond, Armstrong CEO, Jeff Scafidi, Armstrong Director of Logistics, Bill Porcaro, MD, Parent/Board Member, Kelly Edwards, School Nurse & Bob Penta, Principal.

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Armstrong and Eagle EMS Team-Up To Save Fan

 

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At the Boston College Eagles football game this past weekend, stellar care was provided by Eagle EMS and Armstrong’s: Keegan Blute, Jim Brooks, Sam Dickens, Sean Mangan, Antone Newell, and Jeff Scafidi.

A call came in for an unresponsive fan in the upper deck bleachers of Alumni Stadium. Upon arrival, it was assessed that the patient was in cardiac arrest. Eagle EMS and Armstrong EMS worked together to start CPR, defibrillate the patient and apply the Lucas device. The patient was extricated from the floor of the stands and taken to the ambulance. In the ambulance, the patient had a return of his pulse and blood pressure and arrived doing well at the hospital.

The next day, we received compliments and gratitude from the patient’s physician who credited the team efforts and talents of Armstrong and Eagle EMS for saving this fan’s life.

Incredible work!


Armstrong Teams Up With Lexington Fire For Bus Rollover Simulation

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In a follow up to the Lexington School Bus Rollover/MCI drill on October 9th, we received a kind letter from Lexington Fire Department’s Assistant Fire Chief, Kenneth Tremblay.

On behalf of Stacy Gillis, Tremblay stated that “Working with Stacy over the past three years, I have never been disappointed with the service level she provides in the form of EMS education and resources.”

And for the crew of Jacob Nielson-Phillips, Nicholas Herold, Ashley Smith and Samantha Bates, Tremblay believes that they “could not have provided realistic training without them.”

We’d like to extend a big thanks to the crew involved in this simulation. Your professionalism and dedication are highly regarded.

If you’d like to read more about the Bus Rollover Drill check out this awesome article.


We Love Our Employees!

You’ll often find her name mentioned in our “Catch Your Colleague Doing Something Great” section or sharing her brilliant Irish sayings. So it comes as no surprise that our very own Denise Trimble has been honored at the Irish Echo’s Golden Bridges Conference. Check her out pictured above with Mayor Marty Walsh!

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Golden Bridges spotlights community, business, education, arts and culture initiatives in northwest Ireland and promotes partnerships with their peers in Boston and Massachusetts. Denise is among those being honored for forging transatlantic links that build our communities and countries.

Congratulations, Denise!


Armstrong wins big at region III awards

Armstrong Ambulance is pleased to announce that our talented crew members recently received two awards given by the Office of Emergency Medical Services, (OEMS), Region III.

The first award was given for “Team Response” and was presented to Medics, Davin ForsJaime Albano and Wayne Gilbert as well as EMTs Richard BarnesElliot BurshteinAnthony CaseJon Gould and Kimberly Vermilya.

Teamwork In Action

On July 22, 2015, a bus carrying nine special needs passengers was struck by a car in Medford. Due to the mental states of the passengers, a MCI was declared. Subsequently, all patients needed to be transported due to their inability to accurately assess the situation and sign refusals if they so chose. The Armstrong team did a phenomenal job with minimizing the confusion of the situation.

Additionally, all crew members calmed the passengers and quelled their fears as they planned a course of action. The Armstrong crews were able to care for and transport all of the patients to two area hospitals. After transferring care to the facilities, the crews remained at the hospitals to assist staff with researching information regarding the patients as well as assisting the facility staff with helping the patients feel comfortable in what they perceived as an intimidating and upsetting setting.

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(Armstrong Field Operations Manager, Davin Fors, accepting the “Team Response” award)


The second winner was Paramedic Scott Morency for “Educator of the Year”.

Educator Extraordinaire

“Scott is an enthusiastic and engaging instructor who consistently receives high marks from his students. In addition to his duties as an ACLS and PALS instructor, he serves as Armstrong’s lead EMS instructor and Clinical Services Manager. Whether engaging with fellow EMS colleagues, skilled nursing facility staff, municipal partners or community attendees, Scott is masterful with his communication, thus insuring that information and skills are effectively received. Scott never approaches each teaching moment with a “one size fits all” attitude.”

 

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(Clinical Service Manager, Scott Morency receiving his “Educator of the Year” award)

We could not be prouder of our Armstrong crews and we thank them for their continual hard work and dedication to our patients and partners.


“Medford Overcoming Addiction”

Armstrong was happy to support the City of Medford’s “Overcoming Addiction” organization by providing EMT services at their First Annual Kickball Tournament. This incredible group is focused on “joining together to battle the disease of addiction” and their passion can certainly be felt.

Armstrong EMT, Pete Reed, was touched by the kind words he received from attendees. In Pete’s words: “I received so many heartfelt thank you’s from families that Armstrong has helped in Medford. It gave me a sense of pride knowing that the Medics and EMTs mean so much to these families.”

Pictured are EMT Pete Reed with event organizers Janell Rocco, Alysia Lagambina and Mike Phillips.add



Stride For Healthy Communities

Hallmark Health held their annual Stride For Healthy Communities and what a day it was! Lake Quannapowitt was filled with hundreds of runners and walkers who all laced up to support invaluable outreach programs which benefit members of numerous communities.

Armstrong had quite a showing not only with our touch a truck, but also with EMTs Omar Wahid and Tori Shaw finishing first in their respective categories.

The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and mascot, Blades were on hand as well and received stellar attention from our crews, Mike Bachelder, Kris Smith, Alessandro Colarusso and Preston Angelucci. Now that’s a detail to remember!pic 1


Saving Lives In The Workplace

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Unfortunately, workplace safety is a realistic concern. Rich Raymond, Armstrong CEO and Executive Director of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Foundation,knows that first hand as he was a first responder to Edgewater Technology on Dec. 26, 2000 during a mass shooting by an employee that left seven coworkers dead.

Since that time, Rich has promoted workplace safety and preparedness. For that reason, Rich has been an integral part of the NEMLEC Foundation and works in conjunction with talented law enforcement officials in an effort to keep all work environments safe.

Knowing the importance of education and readiness, Rich is personally inviting the business community to attend The Business Safety Summit on June 18th to discuss business safety focused on recognizing, responding to, and minimizing incidents of concern and violence in the workplace.

The Business Safety Summit’s agenda consists of a speaking program of corporate security, public relations, mental health, law enforcement, executive management and healthcare professionals who will speak on best practices and training methods for effective prevention, response and intervention of potential crises, including mental health issues and violence in the workplace.

Speakers will also share case studies from their experiences to demonstrate how to avoid potential risks to companies, outline the roles and responsibilities for each discipline of the Threat Management Team and provide attendees with a checklist for self-evaluation at their own company. As well, the program will include a presentation by Shirley Singleton, the CEO of Edgewater Technology.

Speaker Keith Jones, Director of Corporate Security at Draper Labs, states “An established intervention and crisis management plan is a vital component for all businesses to include in their operations procedures.” This training will give both police and proprietors the steps to take to create a successful model for a safe working environment.”

Police chiefs and police officers from the 60-plus communities throughout Middlesex and Essex counties that comprise NEMLEC will be in attendance to learn from the speakers and to meet business leaders from their communities. “All employees should feel and be safe at work,” added District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Please join us at this very important event which could save lives.

To register, please click here.