Emergency Preparedness

While Boston EMS’ primary mission is to respond to 9-1-1 calls for medical emergencies, this represents only a single component of our service. Boston EMS also plays a significant role in the City’s emergency preparedness efforts with specialized training and public health coordination to preparing the City for large-scale emergencies.

DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness

A program of Boston EMS, the Institute was founded in 2003. The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness provides high quality all-hazards training for the Boston community, including public health, health care, and public safety personnel, with a focus on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive incident preparedness, response, and recovery.

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Public Health Preparedness (PHP)

Reporting to the Chief of Department at Boston EMS, PHP supports the planning activities related to public health during an emergency. PHP works with hospitals, community health centers, EMS and other public safety partners, state and local public health departments.

Through collaboration with other divisions within the BPHC such as Communicable Disease Control, Environmental Health, the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, and Boston EMS, PHP assists with emergency planning for key public health and health care organizations in the city.

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Medical Reserve Corps

The Boston Medical Reserve Corps, a PHP program, is a committed group of volunteers, with and without medical backgrounds, who can be called upon to help the City of Boston in public health emergencies and large special events.

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