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.
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.
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, MedStar hosted it’s 9th annual “EMS Night at the Mountain” event at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton MA. This is an event dedicated to celebrating EMS workers and their families for their hard work. The event is focused around fun and entertainment, so it’s a great evening for everyone involved!
This year’s event was a huge success, with over 40 lifesaver awards and 6 field delivery awards given out to recipients. Each year we seek to increase the size of the event to honor our emergency service workers for the hard work and dedication they show in the field. These awards cannot truly express our gratitude to them for everything they do, but it’s a small way in which we strive to give back to them.
Every year our Director of Support Services, Joe D’Arcangelo, strives to make the event bigger and feature more ways to appreciate our employees. Our goal each year is to not only outdo ourselves on awards given but to provide an evening of fun and relaxation for our fellow EMS workers and their families.
When MedStar began it had one goal: provide the best quality care for our patients. That goal has never diminished or been put aside, no matter what. As advances in medical care and technology continue, that mission becomes not only easier, but safer. Current modern medicine has revolutionized the way we use our ambulances and changed MedStar for the better. We never lost sight of our goal, but we now have better tools to achieve it.
Emergency Medical Services began under a basic premise: transporting and caring for people in need of emergency care. That premise hasn’t changed, rather the advances in telemedicine and pre-hospital care have better prepared EMS workers for challenges they may encounter in the field. Even within the last decade, modern advances have allowed us to care for our patients like never before. Despite those advances, we had to start somewhere.
We began by focusing on providing medical services through ambulances to the surrounding communities. Our team used the best equipment we could afford at the time, and we took local and emergency calls within the area. Initially, our fleet was small and we didn’t have as many workers, so the number of calls we could respond to was limited. We knew we needed to use every tool at our disposal to grow and take care of our patients. Knowing this, we began investing in the future.
As an ambulance service, we are the helping hand in times of need. When you need us, we’re there. But as people, we want to give back to our community. We want the people we train and serve to remember us and what we do. Nicholas and Gregory Melehov run this business on an ideal: giving back. The community and its people are more than just patients, and far more than customers. They’re the lifeblood of MedStar, and the reason our workers get up every morning. In the simplest of trips that ideal lives on. It is because of the community we serve that we are able to provide medical services.
So how does MedStar give back?
Through the people we train
Our legacy and our work lives on through those we train. This is why Greg Melehov and Nick Melehov place such an emphasis on how they train their employees. If you read our blog on 5 Reasons to Work for MedStar, we emphasize the experience and knowledge our employees receive. Not only do they leave our service as better workers, but they apply that experience elsewhere.
It’s no secret that private ambulance companies offer a different experience to employees than their public hospital counterparts. While working for either provides different challenges and opportunities, a private ambulance company is an overall better fit for those looking for a broader experience. With that said, here are 5 reasons to work for a private ambulance company.
We don’t just mean work experience. Private ambulance companies are more likely to take on fresher recruits, which means it’s easier to gain experience to become an EMS. For many medical service workers, it can be difficult to gain entry into the field. A private ambulance company provides the perfect springboard for launching into a new career, whether that be as an EMT or another discipline.
Additionally, private ambulance companies, like MedStar, provide hands-on valuable experience for new employees. They want to ensure all new recruits are properly trained and taken care of to ensure their skills are up to par.
An ambulance service is only as useful as the people who run it. At MedStar, we’ve been a family owned and oriented business since our inception by Nicholas and Gregory Melehov. We’ve been living in our community for generations, and we’re committed to keeping that community safe. It’s not only our motto, but it’s how we run our business. That’s not all though. MedStar isn’t the best just because we’re family owned, but for many reasons beyond that.
Fastest Response Time
Due to our positioning in Massachusetts, we’re able to reach our clients in record time. Within the communities we serve, our facilities are placed to ensure we reach our patients as fast as possible. We worked hard to find the most suitable property to provide this kind of service, and it shows. Our response time isn’t just a claim, it is a guarantee. When you call MedStar you can be confident our team will be there as soon as possible.
It’s no secret than an ambulance ride can be costly. However, what many people don’t acknowledge is the quality of care provided by private ambulance services. Private ambulance services have a financial and ethical investment in every single one of their patients. Not only do they want to provide the best care, but they’ve built their business around doing so. Working for a private service is more than a commitment to your patients, it’s a commitment to a quality of service.
Interested in working for an ambulance company? Good news. Private ambulance companies are willing to give newer and less experienced EMS workers an opportunity to work amongst professionals in a healthy environment. As it can often be difficult to achieve the qualifications necessary to work as paramedic, a private ambulance service provides an excellent opportunity to learn.
No one ever knows when an accident will happen. 911 calls come in around the clock in response to life-threatening heart attacks, sports injuries, overdoses, falls, and motor vehicle accidents, to name just a few. As owners of a leading regional ambulance company, MedStar’s Nicholas Melehov and Gregory Melehov have made it our duty – and our heartfelt mission – to respond to any and all calls as quickly as absolutely possible.
In emergency medical services (EMS), it is considered the gold standard to respond to emergency calls within eight minutes 90 percent of the time. Even though there is no nationwide law or regulation regarding emergency medical response times, this is the standard response time every EMS organization strives for.
Here at MedStar, we’re proud of the fact that our response times are consistently well within that guideline. With ambulances strategically located at fire stations around the cities we serve, our crews are rolling within minutes of receiving a 911 call and being dispatched. In fact, in Fitchburg, our ambulance crews are on scene in under five minutes after dispatch, and typically within three minutes in Gardner.
The United State is in the grip of an opioid abuse crisis. Here in Massachusetts, 2000 individuals lost their lives through opioid addiction in 2016 alone, according to government statistics. To help combat this growing problem, MedStar owners Nicholas Melehov and Gregory Melehov have embraced the statewide requirement for all emergency medical service (EMS) providers to provide opiate alternatives in situations that require non-severe pain relief.
The new alternative pain protocols include the use of non-addictive pain medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and Toradol in dosages administered by emergency medical care providers who have received additional training. The benefit for our patients will be effective pain treatment without having to resort to medications that have a high potential for abuse. Of course, our advanced life support (ALS) ambulances will continue to be supplied with controlled substance pain medications for traumatic injuries such as broken bones that may require more significant pain management.
Modern medical technology not only helps MedStar provide better emergency medical care to our patients, it helps us get them to an emergency medical facility faster and more efficiently.
When MedStar owners Nicholas Melehov and Gregory Melehov started MedStar ambulance service, a cornerstone of their mission philosophy was a commitment to providing the fastest, most efficient, and effective emergency medical care and transportation possible. A critical factor in being able to deliver on that commitment was the use of the latest digital technology including Fleet Eyes GPS navigational tools and medical transport management software.
According to Nick Melehov and Greg Melehov, Fleet Eyes enables MedStar dispatchers to better understand, manage, and utilize our state-of-the-art ambulances and highly trained emergency medical staff to reach, treat, and transport patients based on patient needs and closest ambulance availability. When an emergency call comes into our dispatch center, Fleet Eyes collects incident information and location to assist the dispatcher in determining the nearest resources and help ensure that the patient is transported to the nearest appropriate hospital or other emergency care facility.