HAMILTON, Mass. — Residents received further assurances last night that their 911 calls for medical emergencies will result in swift response by properly trained and certified EMTs. What they didn’t learn could fill volumes.
The Board of Selectmen set aside an hour of their meeting last night to talk publicly about the “serious deficiencies” the state Office of Emergency Medical Services found with the medical training records in the Police Department, which has been running the town’s ambulance for 30 years or more.
All town police officers are required to be properly certified EMTs, and police Chief Walter Cullen last night revealed the state agency’s investigation found “10 or 12” of those officers lacked at least the proper documentation if not the training itself of required refresher courses to maintain their certification.