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Announcements

Dear EMS Colleagues,

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work with state, federal and local partners on the outbreak of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and we continue to appreciate the essential role you have in responding to this evolving situation. 

In response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing an update to Emergency Statewide Treatment Protocol 1.2. The Protocol (view HERE), now titled,  1.2 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Safety Precautions for All Patients, has been broadened to make clear that its requirements now apply to all patients, who are to be treated as suspect for COVID-19, and not limited to patients known to have COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms.

For the latest information, visit the DPH 2019 Novel Coronavirus website which is updated frequently: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus

Thank you, and please be safe.

Dr. Jon Burstein

State EMS Medical Director

Office of Emergency Medical Services

Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

67 Forest Street

Marlborough MA 01752

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On October 23, 2020, OEMS issued Advisory 20-10-01 establishing requirements for Ambulance Service Location workplace safety.  This advisory is in effect through the duration of the Governor's declared state of emergency.  Read the advisory HERE.

In an effort to increase communications with ALL of our stakeholders, CMEMSC is publishing a newletter. Click to get your copy of the Region II Responder. Want to be on the email list? Click HERE to send a quick email request and you won't miss an issue. We are also always looking for information that is timely and relevant to all EMS professionals so feel free to share your ideas with us.

Region II CMED is currently hiring a fulltime operator. If you are looking to put your EMT skills to use in comfortable yet fast-paced environment, click here to fill out an application and learn more about what it takes to be the voice of Worcester CMED.

Dear EMS Colleagues,

To clarify confusion over application of the standards of Advisory 20-05-01, Partial Lifting of In-Person EMS Course and Psychomotor Exam Suspension, and in keeping with the current guidance from the Governor and the DPH Commissioner, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing this updated document:

  • Advisory 20-05-01, Partial Lifting of In-Person EMS Course and Psychomotor Exam Suspensions. This Advisory now makes clear that its required safety parameters for EMS training programs apply not only to accredited EMT training institutions, but to non-accredited training providers as well. It makes clear that it applies to continuing education courses as well as initial training programs.  For Department-accredited EMT training institutions and providers of continuing education, as well as for the context of the certification psychomotor exam, this Advisory constitutes the sector-specific protocols that must also be met.

The Department of Public Health is working to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to keep EMS personnel safe from unnecessary risk of transmission.

All EMS initial and continuing education didactic content must be delivered online, either via distributive or VILT delivery. If hands-on skills are required for the course, they may take place in person; however, strict distancing procedures must be followed, including limits on the number of students in a classroom, requirement that all attendees wear surgical masks, and equipment is appropriately decontaminated, as documented in the attached Advisory.

Remember that in order to support students and assist with recertification, both the National Registry of EMTs and MA OEMS have modified the recertification requirements for 2021 expiration, so that all recertification requirements can be completed using online education (distributive).

Thank you, and please be safe.

Scott Cluett

OEMS Director

If you missed the ceremony last night, you can view it on YouTube. https://youtu.be/BbxMOSJrwhs

EMS and public safety jobs are stressful enough without the threat of a global pandemic. If you find things are getting overwhleming, don't hesitate to reach out for some help. The On-site Academy has been helping front line workers stay on the front lines for years. This group of professional and volunteers are amazing and they really care. You matter-You count! They are here to serve those who serve others.

Please read the following reminder from the state OEMS Director about ventilator use during the COVID pandemic.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work with state, federal and local partners on the outbreak of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and we continue to appreciate the essential role you have in responding to this evolving situation. 

Click here to join at 6pm tonight.

The COVID crisis is not going to stop us from recognizing some outstanding EMS professionals! We have had to make some adjustments but the awards will be presented on September 1st here at CMEMSC in Holden. We will be livestreaming the ceremony so everyone can watch their friends, coworkers, loved ones accept their hard-earned recognition! Join us through our Facebook Live stream or through Holden Public Televeision!

You can also join the ceremony through the Zoom Webinar

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