Residents who live in East Boston are well aware of the need for additional EMS services for the neighborhood. A recent Boston Globe article noted that while the average wait time for an ambulance in the City of Boston is six minutes for a Priority 1 call, East Boston residents wait an average of eight minutes for assistance. There is only one ambulance that serves both East Boston’s 40,000 plus residents and Logan Airport’s employees and patrons. Logan Airport accounts for approximately 30 percent of the calls that East Boston’s ambulance receives. In addition, it is important to note that in recent years there has been a greater need for ambulances throughout the city, with calls increasing 26 percent between 2005 and 2014.
“East Boston is woefully underserved,” said Rep. Madaro. “We are geographically isolated from the rest of the City, which alone is a problem for ambulance response times. While a second ambulance dedicated to East Boston is the ultimate solution, requiring Massport to have its own EMS services will allow the one existing ambulance to focus solely on East Boston residents and their needs.”
Rep. Madaro’s legislation, An Act Relative to Ambulance Service at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, would require Massport to maintain its own ambulance for Logan Airport. This would increase access to ambulance services and help reduce wait times for East Boston, while also ensuring that the safety of East Boston residents remains a top priority.