Dec. 2014 Municipal Resources Inc.: Final Report, Fire & EMS Analysis, Amherst, NH
Address: 175 Amherst Street, PO Box 126
Phone: (603) 673-7030
The Amherst Department of Emergency Medical Services mission is to provide the highest quality, cost effective Basic and Advanced Life Support emergency medical services, for the communities of Amherst and Mont Vernon. In an area known for family-centric culture with strong communities and hard workers, Amherst EMS grew out of our community’s need for emergency medical support and care. Commitment to our community, along with our love of the people within it, guided us in the beginning and is our driving force today. At Amherst EMS, we are proud to be a community of people caring for our family, friends, and neighbors.
Amherst EMS is currently made up of many EMT’s, advanced EMT-Intermediates and Paramedics. All of our paramedics are certified in (ACLS/PALS) Advanced Cardiac Life Support & Pediatric Advanced Life Support, (CPAP) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure administration and the placement of (IO) Intraossious Needle Insertion. In addition to emergency medical transportation, the department has created the Amherst Academy of EMS. The Amherst Academy of EMS provides a variety of in-house Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support EMS Education.
Our station is located on the lower level of Police Headquarters and is comprised of a complete living quarters, academic training center and vehicle storage facility. Our Paramedic Fleet includes two 2001 Ford F-350 4X4 Emergency Ambulances, a 2005 Ford Explorer 4X4 Paramedic Response Vehicle and a 2005 Ford Explorer 4X4 Incident Command Vehicle which is equipped with Mass Causality Advanced Life Support EMS equipment and Fire Suppression protective gear. A new 2011 Ford F-450 (4X4) Type 1 ambulance has been ordered and delivery is expected in late spring of this year. This vehicle will feature many new patient care and safety enhancements.
Amherst EMS responded to the needs of approximately 600 patients annually. Amherst Police respond to all EMS calls as our 1st Responders and have equipped five police units with Automatic External Defibrillators and Oxygen supplies. Amherst Fire responds with Amherst EMS to all motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents and responds on other priority medical calls as required to assist Amherst EMS.
Amherst EMS cares for our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each Amherst EMS member makes a major commitment to our community, spending on average, approximately 48-72 hours a month on our call department, ready to respond to any emergency. Amherst EMS crewmembers undergo regular training in all aspects of emergency medical treatment and are required to complete continuing education courses in order to meet state and national EMT licensing requirements.
As Amherst EMS employees, we have a great deal of pride in what we do, and we see every day as an opportunity to make a difference. Our passion and commitment guide our actions as we treat more than just the injury or ailment, but the person as a whole.
Individuals interested in visiting Amherst EMS are encouraged to contact any of our members or call Amherst EMS at 673-7030 to schedule a tour.
Matt Conley Acting Director