City, Boston EMS Celebrate Academy Graduation and Promotions
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For Immediate Release
December 04, 2012
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Jennifer Mehigan

BPHC Executive Director Barbara Ferrer joined Boston EMS Chief James Hooley at historic Faneuil Hall to celebrate the swearing in of 23 new Department EMTs, and the promotion of four veteran employees to the rank of Deputy Superintendent and Lieutenant. Also, the Recruits were asked to nominate a class speaker; someone who best exemplifies the enthusiasm, focus, teamwork, perseverance and what it takes to be successful in the EMT Academy. They chose Recruit Matt Avis, who spoke on their behalf.

Chief James Hooley told the audience, “At Boston EMS we recognize the complexities of working in an urban environment and hold our personnel to a higher clinical standard. When these EMTs officially begin their duties tomorrow, we have the utmost confidence that they are best prepared to handle any situation set before them.”

Each graduate has their own reasons for joining Boston EMS and 14 of them had previously taken the department’s Community EMT course. EMT Taishana Lewis, of Roxbury, decided to go into EMS after a family member was the victim of violence. The family member survived, and Taishana decided she wanted to do more to give back to her community.

EMT Regina Suprin, of Brighton, said she first encountered a Boston EMS ambulance at a neighborhood event when she was 5 years old and has been interested in EMS ever since. EMT Paul O’Brien, of Dorchester, said, “Being able to travel from neighborhood to neighborhood meeting and helping different residents of this great city brings me joy.”

“You will be expected to constantly provide the finest medical care possible, using every skill your experience in the Academy has taught you,” Dr. Ferrer said. “As a Boston EMS EMT, your presence alone will ease fears, you will respond to emergencies large and small, and most importantly, you will save lives. I am confident you will do so with poise, compassion and the highest standards of care.” 

            The Boston EMS Academy is a rigorous 6-month training program that consists of classroom work, field instruction, exercises and drills to prepare our EMTs to deliver unparalleled service. Those enrolled in the accredited Academy are already state certified EMTs. The training recruits receive ensures that they are physically and mentally prepared to deliver high-quality medical care to the citizens and visitors of Boston.

             Also recognized for their recent promotions were Paramedics Steve McHugh and Jack Pearsull, promoted to Deputy Superintendent / Shift Commander. Deputy Pearsull is currently responsible for the Research, Training, and Quality Improvement Division, which includes the EMT Academy, while McHugh is assigned to Field Operations. McHugh has 21 years experience at Boston EMS and Pearsull 14 years. EMTs John Cotter and Bob Barnes were promoted to Lieutenant. EMT Cotter has 17 years of experience at Boston EMS and EMT Barnes is a 14 year veteran of our service.




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