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Staying on top of technology to keep you safe!

Advances in the medical world can often be life-saving, especially when it comes to technology. New machines open the door to new forms of surgery and new ways to save lives. That’s why it’s crucial for any medical service provider, whether they’re an EMT or a hospital, to have the latest in medical technology.

Some technological advancements are simply updates to existing machines, making them better and faster, but others are completely new, making it much easier to perform life-saving care on the fly. Our owners, Nicholas and Gregory Melehov, always invest funds into the latest in medical technology for exactly that purpose.

Investing to Save Lives

Many businesses cut costs when it comes to new technology or investing back into the business. They pursue profits over the health and well-being of their customers and employees. Nick and Greg Melehov don’t believe in that and always look to keep their patients happy, healthy, and safe. That’s why they invest any amount of funding into the latest technology. It’s their priority to keep you safe, rather than focus on profits.

We regularly search the market for new technology that we can put to use for the benefit of our patients. We know that the cost of these new devices can be high, so we set aside funds to ensure we can always invest in the health of our patients.

When the time is right, we will upgrade our hardware, like when we replaced all field computers with LTE Surface Pro devices for documentation purposes. We also consolidated our dispatch software and local servers into a centralized cloud platform, which connects to mobile data terminals within each ambulance for faster GPS and vehicle tracking. Upgrades like these improve response times and allow us to find and assist patients in need much faster.

Your Safety is our Priority

Nicholas and Gregory Melehov know that the value of our business is in the people we serve. They’re willing to invest any amount to make sure that we serve them to the best of our ability. We’re using programs like Zoll Respond which allow us to chat and live stream to talk to patients during priority calls.

With programs like Zoll Respond we can have better trip routes, calculate the fastest way to arrive at a destination, and much more. It’s by investing in programs like these that we can become the best EMTs in the greater MA area. We take your safety seriously, so we’re going to keep investing in the latest technology whenever possible. There are many changes to how we approach medicine, but we will never change how we take care of our patients.

Nick and Greg Melehov want to keep investing to save lives, and that will never change. Oftentimes a new system will prove to be safer for patients than an old one, so we find it’s best to regularly upgrade. Having better communication lines and data control allows us to do a better job keeping up with our patients and serving our community.

We’re always looking to improve for the sake of our patients, so you can rest assured that we’re always on top of the latest technology to improve our ability to save lives!

EMTs, Serving at a Moment’s Notice!

Serving American citizens doesn’t require military service. It requires a heart willing to serve and protect those in need. It takes a kind hand and a caring touch to protect and heal those who need our help. That’s what it means to be an EMT worker, to serve those in need and protect those in trouble.

Being brave means serving your community and being ready and able to respond to any call, at any time.

EMTs, the First Line of Defense at Home

Our military protects us from international and domestic threats, but our EMTs protect our citizens from dangerous weather, medical complications, and more. Without EMTs, our communities would have no one to depend on when they are in need. Their cries for help will go unanswered, and no one would be able to protect them. EMTs are a vital part of the system that protects communities and families.

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What is the career outlook and salary of an EMT or paramedic?

Working in the Emergency Medical Services field takes a skilled hand and a dedicated worker. For many people, considering a career in Emergency Medical Services is a tough choice because they don’t know the expected career outlook or how much they might be paid. This makes deciding on a career in EMS a challenge, especially for those on the fence. However, we want to help those who might be interested in pursuing this path in understanding how to begin this career and how the future outlook for an EMT or Paramedic is developing.

Getting Started

Becoming an EMT or Paramedic is a short or long path and one that requires a lot of schooling and hands-on experience depending on your position and expertise. As you travel down this path, investing in classes and field training, you’ll have a better grasp of what to expect in this field. Once you’ve invested some time into the basics of EMS, you’ll have to choose if you want to become an Emergency Medical Technician and eventually a Paramedic.

As an EMT or Paramedic, you are trained to respond to and address emergency medical situations. EMTs typically have varying responsibilities, depending on skill, experience, and job function. Paramedics have a higher level of training, and thus can take on more challenging situations, though they still rely on the EMTs to do their jobs properly.

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Deliver a Baby, Yes we do that!

Sometimes a baby needs to be delivered and there isn’t sufficient time to travel to a hospital. In these situations, the team at MedStar is prepared and able to deliver a child to ensure the safety of the mother and baby. If an emergency arises and you’re unable to make it to a nearby hospital, MedStar is the team to call!

Ready 24/7

Many situations call for emergency action to prevent life-threatening complications. When it comes to deliveries, labor never begins when you expect it. Depending on location, traffic, and a host of other factors, it may not be possible for an expectant mother to drive herself to the hospital if she’s gone into labor. While many hospitals have a 24/7 ward for pregnant mothers, getting there is the issue.

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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.


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?

A 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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