EMS serves the great City of New Bedford,
Massachusetts, providing the highest quality pre-hospital care available today.
The department is consistently growing and changing to meet the needs of not
only today, but also for the future.
In the early 1970's, Emergency Medical Services
(EMS) in New Bedford consisted of a Cadillac ambulance, operated by police
officers. In 1976, New Bedford EMS was formed and at the time, consisted of
only 18 Basic EMTs and woefully inadequate equipment.
Since that time, EMS has developed into a highly
effective organization employing 35 Paramedics and Intermediates, in both full
and part time capacities. By developing a close working relationship with our
Service Medical Director and the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical
Services this agency has evolved into one of the finest EMS organizations in
the state. Under the direct command of Field Supervisors chosen for their
expertise as Paramedics and their ability to lead, crews respond in three state
of the art Advanced Life Support ambulances positioned strategically throughout
the City to over 11,000 calls for service annually
EMS's annual budget is currently $ 2.1 million,
but since an innovative major fee restructuring effort in December 1991, and
again in 2003, a major portion of the budget is generated from revenues from
EMS services, resulting in a 72% collection rate, which is an improvement over
the past and is continuing to increase. Clearly, this aspect of our department
will be a focus in the immediate future as we work with the current
Administration to further revamp our fee schedules and data management to
reflect current trends.