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10th Annual EMS Night at Mount Wachusett

image of Medstar staff standing in front of display table at EMS nightOn Thursday, May 23rd, we held our 10th annual EMS Night at Mount Wachusett. This event is dedicated to our hard-working EMS workers! Nick and Greg Melehov give out awards to honor our exceptional EMTs and paramedics. Just like last year, we wanted everyone to have a great time and enjoy the entertainment, so we had a number of exciting games, raffles, and rides to participate in!

We had a fantastic turnout this year, with a number of EMS workers and their families participating in the event and entertainment throughout the entire night! Nick and Greg Melehov handed out 22 Lifesaving awards and six Field Delivery awards to our fantastic team members in recognition of their hard work and dedication. We distribute these awards to new team members every year, so we make sure our teams are always honored and upheld. These awards don’t begin to cover how hard they work or what they accomplish, but it’s our way of showing them how much they mean to us.

In addition to the Lifesaving and Field Delivery awards, we recognized two of our employees for being named the Region Two Paramedic and Advanced EMT of the Year. These are fantastic, tough to achieve awards and we’re so proud of our team members for receiving them! We’re so proud of all the awards our team received and we look forward to handing out more next year!

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Making a Difference One Step at a Time

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We’re proud of Rick, Paul, Tammie, and Jenn for their participation in the Chelsea’s Run!

At MedStar we’re committed to working alongside our community to better the world around us. That’s why our teams participate in events like the Chelsea’s Run every year. This year was the third time the Chelsea’s Run was hosted, and we made sure we were there. Chelsea’s Run is an amazing run that takes all proceeds and donates them to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and we’re excited to support them!

Our owners, Nicholas and Gregory Melehov, always try to have our teams participate in events like these to support our local community. Our awesome team members Rick, Paul, Tammie, and Jenn did a fantastic job and we’re so proud of them!

The Run

To give you some quick background on Chelsea’s Run we’ve set aside this little section. The full name is Chelsea’s Keep Smiling Beautiful Walk/Run 5K. It’s been hosted by Donnelly’s Tavern and New England Timing for the past three years. Food, drinks, and entertainment are all provided, and there’s small cash prizes for the best runners! If you can make it next year we would love to have you there!

Supporting the Community

One of the biggest parts of working at MedStar is committing to supporting the community in and out of the uniform. No action is too simple or too great for our team to participate for the betterment of our community. Participating in Chelsea’s Run is one of the many ways Nick and Greg Melehov push our teams to support our communities. They want us to participate in every possible event for the betterment of our community and ourselves.

While the entire team can’t join for every single event, we know that every member of MedStar who participates is there to represent the entire company of MedStar. If only one team member is able to participate, they represent the desires and goals of the entire team. Nick and Greg work hard to support our communities on their own and through our team, and we’re proud of those who can support the community whenever possible.

Making a Difference

Simple actions like participating in a race or hosting a local event aren’t about creating a massive, community changing impact. They’re about impacting lives, one step at a time. If Nicholas and Gregory Melehov chose to only focus on large-scale events, MedStar wouldn’t be the community leader it is today.

That focus on the small, simple actions is what sets MedStar apart, both in and out of the ambulance. We want each person we interact with to know how much we care and leave a lasting impression on their life. As EMS workers our job is often to handle tough and dangerous situations, but events like the Chelsea’s Run are a great way to be involved in the community in a low stress situation.

Nick and Greg Melehov want the community to view MedStar as a supporter and friend. Whether that’s in the ambulance or during a fundraiser, we focus on giving our community the support and encouragement they need. We’re proud of Rick, Paul, Tammie, and Jenn for their participation in the Chelsea’s Run, and we can’t wait to get our team involved in more events in the community in the coming months!

What is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?

What sets an EMT apart from a paramedic? Is one intrinsically more valuable to their field than the other? Should you aim to become an EMT solely to eventually become a paramedic, or do EMTs provide crucial, life-saving services alongside paramedics? Is there any value in working as an EMT if you are not going to become a paramedic? The answer might surprise you.

More often than not people view paramedics and EMTs as similar purely because of the nature of their jobs. Each one provides medical services to patients in need, but the training required to perform each job, and the limitations from not having that training,  paints a better picture of the differences between the two.

EMT

Emergency Medical Technicians are considered trainees or entry-level medical service workers. A typical EMT will have 190 hours of training in emergency medical services, depending on the location and program. EMTs face limitations on the services and medications they can provide, such as not being allowed to give injections or start intravenous lifelines in certain states. They are qualified to use oxygen, glucose, asthma inhalers, and epinephrine auto-injectors.

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The Power of Working Together

Family is all about caring and supporting. It takes a community of people to support and uplift one another. When we work together we can accomplish anything. The power of a united community exceeds any force on earth. That’s why we’re so proud of our local Massachusetts communities.

When an emergency services vehicle needed assistance, local Boston community members banded together to assist the stuck vehicle. They supported their EMS workers so those workers could support them. Community is more than a group of people, it’s a family that wants to love and support one another.

Supporting our Family

The people living in the communities we operate in are our family. We take care of each and every one of them as if they were our own blood relative, because that’s what community means. When we go out on a call we are only thinking about how we can help each and every person we see along the way.

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Training you in the New Year to Save Lives

Training you in the New Year to Save Lives2019 is a great time for aspiring medical service workers to begin training. For those interested in furthering their career there’s never been a better time. There are a variety of resources for aspiring medical service workers to use, and each one will provide valuable information and experience. Whether you’re a veteran or a merely interested in joining the industry, we’re here to help set you on the right path.

Hands-On Experience

The best way to learn more about what’s involved in the medical service industry is to handle it yourself. While visuals and online resources are a great tool for learning about what is involved in these emergency situations, having hands-on experience will help potential candidates to decide if they want to join the industry.

To assist you, MedStar provides hands-on training and support for emergency medical services positions you might be interested in. This includes field training, education, a support team, and more. MedStar treats every employee, veteran or new hire, with the same level of care and respect. We will teach you the ropes and break down each part of your role as an emergency services worker.

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So you want to drive an Emergency Vehicle?

picture of ambulance drivers in front of ambulanceA lot of people are fascinated with emergency vehicles. As children we often dream of being firefighters and driving the big, loud fire truck. That’s not just a dream though. Many children grow up to be firefighters, ambulance drivers, and more. Learning to drive an emergency vehicle is a skill all to itself, and if you’ve thought about wanting to become an emergency driver, we’ve got a few tips to point you in the right direction.

Physical Ability

Just like normal driving tests, your ability to operate an emergency vehicle will be determined by your physical condition. You need to be able to see, understand, and react to obstacles on the road without endangering your passengers or other drivers on the road. In order to meet these qualifications, you will need to pass physical tests to ensure you are not in any way physically impaired.

Physical impairment could fall under bad vision, weak muscle control, inability to focus, slow response times, and more. This is not an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea of the physical condition you need to be in to operate an emergency vehicle. If you feel that you don’t meet some of these conditions or might have difficulty operating an emergency vehicle, consider consulting a qualified trainer for the best next step.

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Family Owned, People Driven: Why MedStar is the best ambulance service in the area

When people think of an ambulance, they think of danger and worry. They think of pain and suffering. While those emotions may represent some of the events that happen in an ambulance, many people experience feelings of joy, safety, and comfort because of the brave people who drive and work in that ambulance. That feeling of safety is what MedStar strives to create. We want those we serve to know that they’re in good hands, and they have no need to worry.

That’s why we pride ourselves on being the best, not just in service, but in customer satisfaction and safety. Our teams work hard to make sure that we create that feeling of safety and security on every single ambulance ride, no matter how long or short it may be. We believe that being the best includes making sure every person we service walks away feeling like they were taken care of to the best of our ability.

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Do You Have the Heart to Serve Others?

Detail of EMT worker measuring pulse on senior woman patient in ambulanceEvery job has the opportunity to serve the community in some small form. Some jobs more so than others. These special jobs demand a certain kind of person, a certain caring heart. Giving back to the community creates a special bond between all people living there, and it is a great way to learn more about others to better serve them. Finding a job that fulfills this desire can be difficult. For those who want to make a permanent, lasting impact on their communities, medical services is a wonderful choice.

Medical services is a perfect field for someone who wants to serve others. Not only can you give back to the community, but you can take care of the people who live alongside you every day. It is a great way to take care of everyone around you and make an important impact on their life. Serving others is a daily calling, not a job related task. When you serve others, in any capacity, you change their life for the better. When you serve others in medical services, you have the opportunity to save their life or alter how they view the world. It is a very high calling.

Medical services aren’t necessarily boring either. Jobs like ambulance deployment, first responder, paramedic, and emergency/hospital driver present new challenges every day. For someone who wants to give back this is the dream come true. You can serve the community while simultaneously learning more about them and yourself. You can become an important member of the community by serving it and taking care of its citizens. You can learn something new about yourself and your fellow neighbors every day.

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Our family taking care of yours: how the Melehov brothers Take Care of the Community

Medical care is all about taking care of the community. For the Melehov brothers, that mission comes first. They want to do more than just provide services to the greater Massachusetts area, they want to enrich the lives of everyone living nearby. Taking care of your neighbors means a lot more than just running a business—it’s a commitment to the community.

Whether you have needed a ride to the hospital or you have attended a MedStar sponsored event in Massachusetts, chances are you have met the Melehov brothers and their team. You know firsthand their attention to detail and the care they exhibit for each and every person. For the Melehovs, it is about more than just a brand name and good PR. It is about building a relationship with each and every member of their communities.

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How Do I Get Started Working for an Ambulance Service?

How Do I Get Started Working for an Ambulance Service? Working with an ambulance service to save lives is a high calling, and not one many undertake. While there are several types of ambulance workers and other emergency service workers, each one follows a similar pattern of education to work in the field. Education is crucial to working in emergency medical services, so it shouldn’t be neglected.

Prerequisites

The admission requirements for an EMT-Basic program are simple. Potential recruits need to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Depending on the program, there may be other requirements, like physical and mental tests, as well as background checks, drug tests, and up-to-date immunizations.

Potential applicants should also have problem-solving and communication skills, as well as the ability to stay calm under pressure. Physical dexterity and attention to detail are incredibly important, as small mistakes can be disastrous. If a candidate meets all of these requirements, they shouldn’t have too many issues getting accepted into a program.

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