Merg’s Corner Newsletter of Summer 2009

Over the years, the Cambridge Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Communications Department, and Pro EMS have developed a unique public-private partnership that has enabled us to build one of the best EMS systems in the country.
This partnership reflects our collective commitment to setting high standards for training and technology so that we can provide the highest quality EMS services to the City of Cambridge. It also demonstrates our commitment to fostering and supporting the community – whether they are residents of Cambridge or members of the EMS system, such as hospitals and other emergency providers.
We were reminded of the importance of this community when we honored retired Cambridge Police Officer Robert “Bo” Ahern at the dedication of the new Cambridge Police North Cambridge Reporting Station at Pro EMS. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics joined Bo’s sons, grandchildren and other family members to remember Bo, who served the City for more than three decades. We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for this special occasion.
I’d also like to thank Keri Cook for her efforts as Pro EMS Director of CQI. Keri has been integral to the development of the continuous quality improvement program. From investigating new technologies, to setting the standards for EMTs and paramedics and – importantly — upholding them, Cambridge’s EMS system has benefited from Keri’s dedication.
Each year, Keri is among a group representing the Cambridge EMS System that attends the annual “Gathering of Eagles” conference in Texas. The group investigates new procedures and technologies presented at the conference, and makes recommendations on how the Cambridge EMS system can implement them. This year, those recommendations included therapeutic hypothermia, details of which you can also read about in this newsletter.
As always, thank you for your hard work and dedication to EMS.

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