In a pair of
public forums to be held over the next few weeks, Concord Fire Chief Mark
Cotreau and committee members will present findings from well over a year spent
developing a plan to improve the towns Emergency Medical Services.
The forums, meant to provide the latest updates and information on an EMS Strategic Plan, will be held at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Aug. 27 and also on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Both will take place at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord.
According to a press release, Cotreau and committee members will share “findings, impacts and recommendations which will greatly improve emergency medical service to our community” at the forums.The EMS Strategic plan is available online at www.concordma.gov/pages/ConcordMA_Fire/index. You can also view the plan by clicking on the PDF posted above.
In an extensive interview last year, Cotreau discussed the EMS plans in terms of closing an “acute critical service gap” that has seen the Concord Fire Department increasingly relying on mutual aid for EMS calls and medical transports.
At the time, recommendations included adding an additional primary ambulance and personnel as a means for bridging the service gap in a community with a Census-established population of 17,000-plus, but a service population that could be closer to 100,000 when considering the businesses, medical facilities and prisons in town.
“It is obvious we’ve uncovered an acute statistical service gap that needs to be dealt with,” Cotreau said last fall. “We need to be able to respond to and handle two medical calls at a time, and right now we can’t. This arrangement will provide that.”