T The Com mmonw ealth of f Massa achusett ts

The
T Com
mmonwealth off Massa
achusettts
CHAR
RLES D. BAKER
R
Executive
E
e Office off Health and Human Service
es
Departme
ent of Pub
blic Health
h
Bureau
u of Health Care Sa
afety and Quality
Office
e of Emerrgency Me
edical Serrvices
99 Ch
hauncy Sttreet, Bosston, MA 0
02111
Governor
MARYLOU SUDDERS
Secre
etary
KAR
RYN E. POLITO
Lieutenant Governor
EILEEN M. SULLIVAN
Acting Com
mmissioner
Tel: 617-7
753-7300
www.mass
s.gov/dph
EMERGENCY WAIIVER TO: All Parramedic‐Licen
nsed Ambulan
nce Services
FROM: Michael Kass, Direcctor, Office off Emergency M
Medical Serviices RE: Weath
her Related W
Waiver of Minimum Staffin g Requirements for Param
medic Ambulaances DATE: Januarry 26, 2015 Due to tthe severe winter storm th
hat is anticipaated to affect the Common
nwealth, and under the authoritty of the Com
mmissioner of the Departm
ment of Public Health, undeer M.G.L. c. 111C, §22, cerrtain provisions of the Eme
ergency Medical Services SSystem Regullations, 105 C
CMR 170.000
0, have been suspend
ded through tthis waiver. The purpose of this w
waiver is to faacilitate continuity of para medic‐level EEMS care and assure sufficcient EMS personn
nel to staff paramedic amb
bulances, by ssuspending foor the temporrary waiver period certain conditio
ons for param
medic ambulan
nce staffing.
Term off the Suspenssion: This order shall be efffective: From: 1
1700 hours, M
Monday, January 26, 2015
To: 1
1700 hours, Thursday, Janu
uary 29, 2015
5 Effective
e section: 105
5 CMR 170.30
05(C)(2) Stafffing In its plaace, for the duration of this temporary storm staffin g waiver, 1055 CMR 170.30
05(C)(2) shall read as follows:
When a Class I, II or V
V ambulance transports a patient receivving care at tthe Paramedic level of ALSS, the ambulan
nce must be sstaffed with aa minimum off two EMTs, aat least one o
of whom is certified at the EMT‐
Paramed
dic level. Contact information
In the evvent that you
u may need fu
urther information or an u pdate on thiss waiver, you may contact the Massach
husetts Emergency Managgement Agenccy (MEMA) att (508) 820‐2000 and ask tto speak to one of the stafff members att “ESF 8” deskk in the Operaations Room,, or dial the ESSF8 number d
directly at (50
08)‐
820‐145
56. You may aalso contact M
Michael Kass, at [email protected] Thank you.