A parade of more than 50 ambulances, representing more than 20,000 paramedics, EMTs, and 911 dispatchers, will travel from UMass Medical Center in Worcester to the warning track inside Fenway Park on Wednesday, May 20.
The Boston Red Sox, Mayor Marty Walsh, state officials and healthcare professionals will join the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, and Municipal Ambulance Providers in celebrating these front line heroes during National EMS Week.
The “Convoy of Champions” in celebration of EMS Week will get underway at 1:15 p.m. in Worcester and make its way along the Massachusetts Turnpike before arriving at Fenway Park at 2 p.m. where vehicles will line the perimeter of the iconic field.
Once inside the park, the EMS professionals will be greeted by video tributes from dignitaries and celebrities and a select number of live speakers following safe social distancing guidelines.
The event takes on even greater significance this year because of the unprecedented response to the COVID-19 crisis from EMS professionals and their colleagues across the state’s medical community.
The Commonwealth’s EMS professionals have been crucial in responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts has been among the nation’s hardest hit states, experiencing the third most deaths and fourth most cases of the novel coronavirus.
During the current public health crisis, EMS professionals have helped manage testing and treatment for homebound patients and provided supplemental support for hospitals and neighborhood health centers, in addition to its duties in responding to daily emergencies.
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