Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) IT Department Recognized for Contributions to Region’s Technical Infrastructure
Cambridge, MA (November 2014) – Several members of the Cambridge EMS System were recognized at the Metropolitan Boston EMS Council (MBEMSC) Region IV awards ceremony on November 6. Awards were presented to Cambridge Fire Chief Gerald Reardon and Pro EMS Director of IT Tim Harren and Network Administrator Michael Dula. Also recognized were Margaret Buckley, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, clinical specialist in emergency nursing, and Dr. Jordan Wagner, Doctor of Osteopathy, both of Cambridge Health Alliance, as well as Danielle Thomas and Carl Rabickow of Pro EMS.
Cambridge Fire Department Chief Reardon was given the EMS Leader Award, which is presented to an individual EMS administrator who is a leader in EMS and serves as a role model for other EMS administrators throughout the region. Chief Reardon has been involved in EMS for over three decades and has made significant contributions and improvements to the healthcare and response system in Cambridge. Chief Reardon has worked tirelessly to provide extensive training, tools and equipment to Cambridge paramedics. He succeeded in bringing the Cambridge Fire Department to the ALS level, providing the highest level of EMS to Cambridge, and led the department to become one of only a few ISO Class 1 Fire Departments in the United States and the only one in Massachusetts.
Derrick Congdon, Executive Director of MBEMSC, presented the awards and spoke about each recipient’s contributions and efforts.
“Chief Reardon’s unwavering and continued support for many of the programs and endeavors over the years that have been brought forward for the betterment of the Region IV EMS system,” Congdon said of the Fire Chief. “The development of the Cambridge Fire Department as a nationally recognized agency that represents excellence has been accomplished by the virtue of the chief’s vision and leadership over the years.”
The Regional Director’s Award that was presented to Tim Harren and Mike Dula is given to honor an individual, foundation or service organization that provides exceptional support to EMS activities in Region IV. Tim and Mike undertook a significant project in transitioning the regional office’s technical infrastructure to an updated environment that provides increased efficiency and security.
In his remarks, Congdon noted that Harren and Dula were professional and knowledgable. “They sat in our office and studied what we currently had for technology, and were able to put together a clear plan to help the Region become more efficient in how we deal with access to files, email, protection and remote access. Throughout the entire process, they kept us informed of their progress and were always willing to provide straight answers to our questions,” said Congdon. “When the day came to switch over completely to the new system, Tim and Mike were there to make sure it worked seamlessly.”
About Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council
The Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. (MBEMSC) is the agency designated by the DPH to coordinate the delivery of emergency medical services within the sixty-two cities and towns comprising the Metropolitan Boston Area. The Region IV area, which extends north as far as Wilmington and Littleton, west as far as Marlborough and Hopkinton, and south as far as Wrentham and Hanover, serves as residence to over 2 million people, and accounts for close to 1 million emergency department visits in the Region’s hospitals each year. There are 70 licensed ambulance services and 25 acute care hospitals in the Region IV area.