QUINCY, MA, JANUARY 29, 2015 -- Fallon Ambulance Service, the region’s largest independently owned ambulance service provider, is working with the City of Quincy School Department on a comprehensive CPR program that will train every eighth grade student in the city’s middle schools in CPR.
Lynn Mahoney, Fallon Ambulance Service’s Manager of Education and Training, has coordinated the expansive program with Superintendent of Schools Richard DeCristofaro, and they arranged a schedule to train the 656 8th grade students in five Quincy middle schools. “The Superintendent is a strong advocate of community CPR training, as is Fallon Ambulance,” said Mahoney.
Beginning in February, Fallon Ambulance will train the students in one school each day, and all students should have received the instruction by the end of that first week. On Saturday, February 7, Fallon will offer a First Aid program for students who wish to learn more. The program that Fallon will offer is adult CPR. The ambulance firm will bring a group of Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the schools to administer the training sessions. “Our paramedics and EMTs like to give back to the community,” Mahoney said, adding, “We look forward to this work with the Quincy students.”
Additionally, Fallon Ambulance has already trained the sports coaches in Quincy. Under Massachusetts law, coaches in public schools must be first aid and CPR certified. Fallon Ambulance provided CPR in November for the winter coaches, and will offer the course again in February.
Fallon Ambulance has also provided CPR training in the past for Randolph High School, as well as community CPR training in Brookline.
Peter Racicot, Senior Vice President at Fallon Ambulance, said, “We are committed to our communities and the region, and we believe strongly in prevention. In our day to day work, we have seen firsthand the importance of CPR and first response. In cardiac situations, timing is very important. Seconds count. And knowledge of basic resuscitation is critical. We are very pleased to be working with the Quincy schools in this important project.”
Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Superintendent of the Quincy Public Schools, termed the program “a great opportunity for our students.” The schools began planning for this training with Fallon Ambulance last spring, and in preparation for the CPR training, engaged their nursing staff and health educators at the middle schools to educate the students during January, which is heart month. “This program will give our students a real, sound foundational background,” he said. “We are very pleased with the long term opportunities of this work.”
About Fallon Ambulance
Fallon Ambulance Service was founded in 1923 by James R. Fallon, Sr. Mr. Fallon’s son, James R. (Ray) Fallon, Jr., served as President and owner from 1974 until 2000. Today, Timothy J. Fallon, grandson to the founder, serves as President and CEO. Tim’s sister Kathleen Mackie, step brothers, Peter Racicot, Senior Vice President and Normand Racicot, Vice President, also represent the third generation of this family business. And a fourth generation represented by 7 great grandchildren of the founder is working in various capacities in the organization. Fallon Ambulance is the largest privately owned and operated ambulance service in the Northeast. Fallon Ambulance employs more than 600 personnel, operates more than 150 vehicles and responds to over 160,000 emergency and non-emergency calls per year. Fallon Ambulance is the 9-1-1 provider for the municipalities of Milton, Quincy, Brookline, Weymouth, and Dedham and provides primary backup to Boston and Randolph. Fallon Ambulance Service additionally provides medical transportation for a number of area medical facilities including nursing homes, hospitals, and HMO’s throughout Greater Boston, the South Shore and Metro West region. It is headquartered at 111-115 Brook Road, Quincy, MA and operates satellite offices throughout its coverage area. Fallon Ambulance Service has been recognized many times by various business and community organizations for its exceptional service. For additional information about Fallon Ambulance Services or programs that the company offers, contact Peter Racicot, Senior Vice President, at (617) 745-2117 or visit www.fallonambulance.com.