The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 17, 2010

Selectmen hear new ALS system working well, weigh land option

Fire Chief David Flannery gave an update on the town’s new Advanced Life Support (ALS) services at the Selectmen’s meeting on September 7. Local emergency medical technicians (EMTs) respond on emergency calls within a few minutes and provide immediate care. ALS is specialized response for life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks.

Until this year, Emerson Hospital provided ALS services directly to Carlisle and a dozen other towns. ALS paramedics, part of the regular hospital staff with a single ambulance, could respond with special equipment within 13 to 15 minutes. As of February 14, Emerson Hospital’s ALS service was subcontracted to Professional Ambulance Paramedics.

The regional system is run by a new entity, Central Middlesex EMS Rescue Authority, with Emerson Hospital. It serves the 13 towns with two fully equipped ambulances and two teams. Carlisle’s EMTs have had “interface” training with the ALS teams, said Flannery. In addition to some advanced medical equipment, for example electro-mechanical CPR devices and EKG telemetry capability, the ALS ambulances have a GPS system called “Fleet Eyes” that permits the dispatcher to know the vehicles’ locations.

Flannery said, “Our citizens are being served very well by this level of care.” He said that response time is equivalent to the earlier service provided by Emerson.With six months experience he said, “It is too early to determine if this is working financially,” and that the next update would be in February.

Other business - land option

At the end of the meeting the Selectmen went into executive session to discuss a first refusal option to purchase a 19.8 acre parcel at 393 South Street (Map 7-Lots 8,8a). The property currently has a tax classification as recreational land and is being reclassified as residential property. The town has 120 days to exercise the purchase option. ∆

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