Email this week about the town’s ALS provider disappearing come Monday, and the town probably needing to have its own paramedics. From memory, only one of our current firefighters is a paramedic and the rest are EMT’s. Paramedics are allowed to do more treatment than EMT’s, such as IV’s and injections.
After approx.10 years of service to Medfield, I was informed late last night that Events EMS who have been providing our Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) services will cease operations as of 0700 hrs Monday morning. This notice came without warning. I will be talking with the Fire Chiefs’ from Millis & Medway who have also been affected by this recent turn of events. We will be looking to see if we can come up with another alternative for ALS services. I don’t believe there are many options. We will continue to use Westwood, Walpole and Norfolk in the interim to fill in until a remedy is found.
I know we have had discussions of going to the next level and have our own Paramedics on staff and I think we now have to have some frank discussions on how we can achieve it.We can’t expect other towns to be providing this service for the long haul.
If you could let the Selectmen know I’d appreciate it.
Chief William A. Kingsbury
Medfield Fire Department
114 North Street
Medfield, MA 02052