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Community Initiatives

Boston EMS is a dedicated partner to the residents of and their health. In an effort to better the lives and health of its citizens, Boston EMS has numerous programs in the surrounding community to ensure involvement on a local level with the people we serve.

Through the Community Initiatives Division, Boston EMS raises awareness and educates the public to target and prevent public health issues in and the surrounding area..

For more information or questions regarding any of the Community Initiatives run by Boston EMS, please contact Deputy Superintendent Felicia Robinson, Director of Community Initiatives, at 617-343-1116. She can also be reached by email at

Life and Loyalty Program

“Life & Loyalty” is a day long violence prevention workshop aimed towards at-risk youth in the area led jointly by Boston EMS and the Boston Police Department, in collaboration with Youth Opportunity Boston. The workshop consists of First Aid and CPR certification course and presentations in which youth are shown not only the results and consequences of violence, but also how to break the cycle and become a counteractive force to violence. It is meant to develop understanding of how to be reactive, proactive and interactive within the community and instill a sense of the value of life and self respect among area youth. It aims to remove the stigma that sees the youth as only part of the problem and helps them to view themselves as part of the solution.

CPR Certification

​What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions delivered to victims thought to be in cardiac arrest. When cardiac arrest occurs, the heart stops pumping blood. CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain to "buy time" until normal heart function is restored.

Why is learning CPR important?
According to the American Heart Association, approximately 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home and about 92% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before they reach the hospital. Getting help right away is crucial to survival. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Statistics show that immediate CPR can more than double a victim’s chance of survival. ​

Boston EMS has one of the highest cardiac arrest survival rates in the country, but to achieve even greater success we need your help. Bystanders who are able to recognize a medical emergency, quickly call 9-1-1 to summon emergency help, and begin CPR have the power to be life-savers.

If you want the power to save a life, learn CPR.

Who should learn CPR?
The short answer is ANYONE and EVERYONE. In particular, Boston EMS especially encourages parents, babysitters, caregivers, teachers, coaches and other professionals to learn CPR. The more people who know CPR, the better.

What is Hands-Only CPR?
Hands-Only CPR, a life-saving technique anyone can learn, is CPR without mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths. Hands-Only CPR involves calling 911 and pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest. If you haven’t learned conventional CPR or you lack confidence in your CPR skills, administer Hands-Only CPR.

Hands-Only CPR is recommended for use on adults who suddenly collapse. The American Heart Association recommends conventional CPR for all infants and children, for adult victims who are found already unconscious and not breathing normally, and for any victims of drowning or collapse due to breathing problems.

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How long does it take to get CPR certified?
Most CPR courses last no longer than a few hours. You can learn this important life-saving skill in almost no time at all.

How can members of my business or community organization learn CPR?
Boston EMS offers CPR courses to both businesses and community groups. In 2010, Boston EMS taught thousands of people CPR including more than 2,400 Boston Public Students through the CPR Anytime program. Boston EMS also offers CPR courses geared toward the Spanish speaking population specifically.

If you want more information on how to arrange a course, please call 617-343-2367.

Where can an individual learn CPR?
Boston EMS does not currently teach CPR on an individual basis. If you are an individual looking to learn CPR, please visit the sites listed below to find a course in your area.

American Heart Association
Phone: 1 877 242 4277

American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay
139 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142 
Phone: 617 274 5200

YMCA of Greater Boston
Multiple locations
Phone: 617 536 7800

Car Seat Checks

Boston EMS is committed to ensuring the safety of your children. Car seats are essential to your child’s safety and ensuring that they are not injured in the event of an accident. However, close to 90% of car seats are installed incorrectly, and thus offer little or no protection in the event of a car accident. Is yours one of them? Every Wednesday, certified Car seat technicians are on site for free check-ups. They will not only ensure your seat is of an appropriate size for your child and install it correctly, but also teach you how to properly install the car seat for future reference.

To make an appointment, please call (617) 343 6891

File of Life

The File of Life program is meant to provide quick and easy access to your basic medical information. It is a red magnetic plastic folder that can be easily kept on the refrigerator for speedy access in the event of an emergency. The file contains important personal information regarding your health and emergency contacts in the event that you are unable to give the information. The File of Life is also available in a smaller, non magnetic size that can be carried in a purse or wallet when you are away from home.

The information on the File of Life is relatively easy to fill out. The information includes emergency contacts, your physicians and medical history, any allergies, prescription medications, medical insurance, and any other essential information. A File of Life keeps all this important information all in one place in a noticeable red and white case that you keep out in the open.

More information about the Community Initiatives Division can be found at

Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.
Phone:(617) 534-5395 Email: