Pro EMS paramedics get involved in and support the local Cambridge community in a variety of ways, including participation in the City of Cambridge Homeless Census and the H.E.A.T. and I.C.E. programs. We have also expanded our community involvement to a global level, launching an international healthcare relief effort called The METI Project, whose mission is to promote sustainability in healthcare through medical education, training, and improved infrastructure in under-served areas of the world, beginning with Haiti. Read on for more details about these special community programs.
City of Cambridge Homeless Census CASPAR Homeless Census
The Homeless Census is an 8-hour overnight event, in which volunteers from multiple City departments and organizations physically count each person living on the street in an effort to determine the number of homeless persons in Cambridge and Somerville. The census also includes individuals living in transitional housing centers, shelters, and hospitals. The Cambridge Department of Human Services and CASPAR’s First Step street outreach program organize and spearhead the Homeless Census, and Pro EMS provides staffing, vehicles and radios.
H.E.A.T. and I.C.E. Programs
Pro EMS implements both the Heat Emergency Assistance and Transportation (HEAT) and Immediate Cold Emergency (ICE) programs. These programs assist residents who are at-risk during times of extreme weather conditions, and complement other City programs offered to elders and at-risk individuals. Cooperating agencies and City Departments include Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Department of Emergency Management, Cambridge Multi Service Center for the Homeless, CASPAR, The Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Prevention Coalition, Cambridge Hospital Elder Service Plan, Cambridge-Somerville Elder Services, Cambridge VNA, Cambridge Hospice, and the Cambridge Mayor’s Office.
The METI Project
The METI Project is a non-profit organization launched by Pro EMS and Pro EMS Center for MEDICS in 2013 and operates in conjunction with the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti. Every two months, teams of medics, paramedic students, and emergency department staff travel to Haiti for one week to provide medical training and clinical services as needed. The teams chronicle their experiences on The METI Project blog.