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Boston EMS (BEMS) provides pre-hospital 911-response emergency care for more than 600,000 night time and 1.2 million daytime residents of and visitors to Boston. 

More than 300 emergency medical technicians and paramedics of BEMS respond to approximately 100,000 calls and transport 65,000 patients each year.

The low paramedic to population ratio ensures significant experience for each individual paramedic allowing the practice of highly sophisticated procedures such as rapid sequence intubation and STEMI triage and recognition.


BEMS is also responsible for staffing and maintenance of the medical dispatch for the City of Boston 911 call center. Boston EMS receives their medical control through Boston Medical Center physicians 24 hours a day through on-line radio communication.

Boston EMS in conjunction with the Boston Public Health Commission is responsible for providing medical support and training exercises in emergency preparedness.

BEMS has a close relationship with The DelValle Institute for Emergency PreparednessThe Delvalle Institute for Emergency Preparedness offers disaster response and preparedness training for multiple levels from civilian to physician. 


Aeromedical EMS in the Boston area is provided by Boston Medflight, a non-profit, aeromedical program, offering prehospital and interhospital critical care services by ground, fixed wing, and rotorwing, and is staffed by flight paramedics and flight nurses.