Cambridge, Mass., October 2009 – Professional Ambulance Service (Pro EMS), one of the premiere providers of emergency medical services in Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer Bill Mergendahl has been named to the Board of Directors of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. CoAEMSP is the only, comprehensive National EMS education accreditation agency in the United States.
Mergendahl was appointed by the American Ambulance Association to serve as one its two representatives on the CoAEMSP Board. The purpose of CoAEMSP is to improve the quality of EMS education by implementing a rigorous accreditation process for qualifying paramedic training programs. CoAEMSP’s 26-member board consists of some of the most prominent leaders and educators in EMS, each of whom has distinguished themselves for their commitment to the CoAEMSP mission.
“The people at Pro EMS, the Pro EMS Center for MEDICS, and the agencies we work with in the City of Cambridge, are all dedicated to upholding the high standards established by organizations such as CoAEMSP,” Mergendahl said. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to work directly with the organization to find ways to further improve the quality of care being provided by EMS field providers across the country.”
Pro EMS has invested in state-of-the-art EMS-related technology as well as training through its Pro EMS Center for MEDICS Simulation Lab and is currently working toward CoAEMSP Accreditation.
Pro EMS has been recognized previously by national organizations for its commitment to excellence. Pro EMS was the first ambulance service in Massachusetts, and one of only five in New England, to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards. This recognition was in the wake of the Cambridge Fire Department’s recognition as the only ISO Class I Fire Department in Massachusetts. With the CAAS accreditation, Cambridge became one of only eight communities in the United States to be served by an ISO Class 1 Fire Department and a CAAS Accredited Ambulance Service.
Pro EMS Center for MEDICS also has achieved accreditation from Massachusetts’ Office of Emergency Medical Services. According to OEMS, the six-month accreditation process is a signature of training excellence achieved through strict compliance to the highest standards. OEMS mandates accreditation compliance for all initial Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic training programs conducted in the state.
CoAEMSP aims to serve the public, the emergency medical services professions, as well as the programs that provide professional education to EMS professionals, by acting as a national voluntary accreditation agency for paramedic programs in the U.S.
Accredited Paramedic programs are generally sponsored by colleges, universities, hospitals, clinics, medical centers, U.S. armed forces, governmental educational or medical services, and by consortium. Programs can vary in length and must include an appropriate sequence of classroom, laboratory, hospital, and field internship activities. More information about CoAEMSP can be found at www.coaemsp.org.Information about Pro EMS can be found by visiting www.proems.com or by calling (617) 492-2700.
About Professional Ambulance Service
Professional Ambulance Service (Pro EMS) provides emergency medical services to the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts in conjunction with the Cambridge Fire, Police, Emergency Communications and Public Health Departments. Additionally, Pro EMS provides emergency medical services to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professional Ambulance has proudly served the citizens, students, and visitors of Cambridge for over 35 years. For more information, visit www.proems.com.