The men and women of Boston EMS are led by a talented team of managers who ensure that the Department delivers exceptional pre-hospital emergency medical care to its patients.

James Hooley

Chief of Department

Portrait - Hooley (121x151)With 35 years of experience at Boston EMS, Jim has served as an EMT, a Paramedic, a Shift Commander and as the Superintendent of Field Operations. Prior to assuming the duties of Chief of Department, he served as the Superintendent in Chief from 2004 through the fall of 2009. As the Superintendent in Chief, he participated in the development of major departmental policies as well as the planning and operations of EMS at many of Boston's major events and multiagency drills. Jim has completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A lifelong resident of Boston, Jim is proud to lead a team of dedicated EMS professionals who tirelessly serve the people of Boston each and every day.


Brendan Kearney

Superintendent in Chief 

Kearney PortraitBrendan began working for Boston EMS as an EMT in 1984. He steadily advanced his career by serving as a Paramedic and a Deputy Superintendent before being promoted in 2004 to Superintendent of Field Support. In June 2010, Brendan was named Superintendent in Chief, the department's second in command. In this role, Brendan oversees the combined responsibilities and resources of all Boston EMS Divisions and has the authority to serve as acting Chief of Department in the Chief's absence. Brendan is the recipient of several department awards, and has served on a number of local, regional, and statewide committees focusing on a variety of EMS related issues including: policy development, treatment protocols, emergency medical dispatch, communications and interoperability, disaster preparedness, and EMS service zone planning. Brendan holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Certificate in Health Care Management from Stonehill College, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from Bridgewater State College.