Westford to phase in EMS service

Westford to phase in EMS service

There are 18 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jul 29, 2009, titled Westford to phase in EMS service. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Despite assurances of ongoing service from Emerson Hospital and Saints Medical Center, selectmen last night unanimously endorsed a proposal that will enable the Fire Department to phase in town-based advanced life-support, or ALS, services.

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abc

East Hampton, CT

#1 Jul 29, 2009
Its good in theory anyways
Inquiring minds

Walnut Creek, CA

#2 Jul 29, 2009
Wouldn't 1 paramedic for 5000 people be better than 1 for 10,000?
Richard

Shirley, MA

#3 Jul 30, 2009
Too bad you think your fire chief is an expert in firefighting. His only expertise is being a snake.
clem

United States

#4 Jul 30, 2009
If you hire private paramedics into your firehouse your fire service morale will be doomed. Sick leave, inured backs, shoulders, knees, they wine about evertything. Your OT budget will sky rocket. They like early retirements. Good luck
Carlos Quintana -1 base

Grand Blanc, MI

#5 Jul 30, 2009
Sound,sound plan. Too bad a town like Chelmsford is missing the boat on this. But yet, with clowns like Phillis Eliopoulis, Bernie Bin Laden it never was given a fair shake. The ambulance committee was a sham. Big bucks going to Tragedy ambulance. My town of Billerica is a town run ambulance as well as Littleton and numerous others (too many towns to name). I'm staying in the cemetery business. Business is good with Tragedy around.
Tom Brunansky -1 base

Grand Blanc, MI

#6 Jul 30, 2009
On a side note, what takes Trinity so long on some of there calls? Are they dispatched via by blowing a conch shell?
Tom Brunansky -RF

Grand Blanc, MI

#7 Jul 30, 2009
Correction. I play right field/
Tom Brunansky -RF

Grand Blanc, MI

#8 Jul 30, 2009
Another correction. It's 'their,' not there.
concerned taxpayer

Billerica, MA

#10 Jul 31, 2009
Richard & Clem Get a life !! You probably both are frustrated that you cant pass the fire dept exam, or your both one of tragedy ambulance services employees or maybe both
Frank Duffy- SS

Grand Blanc, MI

#11 Jul 31, 2009
concerned taxpayer wrote:
Richard & Clem Get a life !! You probably both are frustrated that you cant pass the fire dept exam, or your both one of tragedy ambulance services employees or maybe both
Maybe they are bum buddies? Obviously they are dopes.
Clem

United States

#12 Aug 2, 2009
concerned taxpayer wrote:
Richard & Clem Get a life !! You probably both are frustrated that you cant pass the fire dept exam, or your both one of tragedy ambulance services employees or maybe both
Don't worry about me passing the FF exam, I have been a Mass. Civil Serv. FF for over 20 years. Unless you Jakes become paramedics and run EMS yourselves you are doomed. The private medics that get hired to work Fire/EMS will bring nothing but whinny crap (I'm in charge attitude, put me out sick I need a mental health day etc). Trust me Jakes, cut and paste this posting and paste it to the inside of your lockers. You will eventually say, wow, was Clem right. Good luck
Bad Idea

Windham, NH

#13 Aug 8, 2009
the town of Westford should feel very lucky to have advanced life support from hospital bases paramedic services.. Only a few towns and cities in Massachusetts have the pleasure to have their 9-1-1 system include such services..
The selectmen should worry about the service that their firefighters will / will not provide..
Bad idea !!!!!!!
Hobo42

Haverhill, MA

#14 Aug 10, 2009
Once again four of the five idiots (Sullivan was absent), Finance Director Marchand plus the Town Manager Ross have put the empire building aspiration of the Fire Chief Rochon ahead of the health concerns of the residents of Westford.
It amazes me that less than a year ago, Chief Rochon told the Westford made a presentation to the same five idiots, that pass as the Westford Board of Selectmen, that the low number of calls that required ALS services would preclude Westford paramedics from keeping up their skills to the level required to provide ALS services.
The biggest dumb ass and ass kisser award goes to Selectman Ross when he bases his vote on the expertise of Chief Rochon when a medical professional quotes facts that contradict Rochon's wet dreams.
Hobo42

Haverhill, MA

#15 Aug 10, 2009
Inquiring minds wrote:
Wouldn't 1 paramedic for 5000 people be better than 1 for 10,000?
Any quality ALS must have a base number of calls that will allow the paramedics the practice to maintain their skills.
Would you have a doctor that does an angioplasty once a month or a doctor who does 5 or 10 a month or a doctor that does 10 or more per week.
Various mortality studies have proven that the doctor doing 10 or more angioplasties per week will have better results.
EMT

Cranston, RI

#16 Aug 17, 2009
"Selectman Kelly Ross added, "I'm not an expert on this, but the town has an expert and that's our fire chief"

Since when is a FIRE chief an expert on pre-hospital MEDICAL care?

Westford- the lastest Massachusetts town to fall to the Fire-EMS myth machine.
Shawn

Grand Blanc, MI

#17 Aug 18, 2009
EMT wrote:
"Selectman Kelly Ross added, "I'm not an expert on this, but the town has an expert and that's our fire chief"
Since when is a FIRE chief an expert on pre-hospital MEDICAL care?
Westford- the lastest Massachusetts town to fall to the Fire-EMS myth machine.
Is that a serious question?
Larry s loan shark

Grand Blanc, MI

#18 Aug 18, 2009
EMT wrote:
"Selectman Kelly Ross added, "I'm not an expert on this, but the town has an expert and that's our fire chief"
Since when is a FIRE chief an expert on pre-hospital MEDICAL care?
Westford- the lastest Massachusetts town to fall to the Fire-EMS myth machine.
Ok H0M0. Say it to their face and you will be picking your teeth off the floor.
Larry s loan shark

Grand Blanc, MI

#19 Aug 18, 2009
Private ambulances are a dying breed. The people who work for them are dopey, weaklins.

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