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BPDA approves space for new EMS station in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park to serve the South Boston Waterfront

Mar 10, 2022

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved space for a future Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station to serve the South Boston Waterfront at the March Board Meeting. The space, which will be located in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park (RLFMP) adjacent to Pier 10 on Dry Dock Avenue, will be leased to the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to provide necessary emergency services to the public.

“As the number of people living, working, and visiting the Seaport and South Boston Waterfront increases, this new site will be critical to ensuring that our residents and visitors receive emergency medical care,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I’m grateful to the BPDA and Boston Public Health Commission for collaborating to provide space for a new Emergency Medical Services station in the South Boston Waterfront.”

Timely emergency care must be readily available to all residents,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.“As we scale up Boston’s health care infrastructure to promote greater accessibility, this kind of intergovernmental collaboration is critical to our efforts to protect, preserve, and promote the health of our city.” 

“We are proud to be able to offer BPDA-owned land in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park as the site for a new Boston EMS station,” said BPDA Director Brian Golden. “This is another example of using public land for public good, in this case, providing critical infrastructure that will save lives.” 

“We are incredibly grateful for this investment in our department, our personnel and our patients,” said Boston EMS Chief of Department, James Hooley. “An ambulance station not only benefits the community where it is located, but also surrounding city sections, positively impacting response times for critical incidents.”  

"Due to rapid population growth and concerns around emergency planning, one of the top priorities of the South Boston elected officials and I has been to address the critical need for basic city services and public safety infrastructure for neighbors in the South Boston Waterfront," said Boston City Council President Ed Flynn. "I'd like to thank Mayor Wu, the BPDA, the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS, as an ambulance station located in Flynn Marine Industrial Park will have a significant impact on response times and the safety of our residents and businesses."

Currently, the EMS station on West Broadway in South Boston serves both that neighborhood, and the South Boston Waterfront. However the number of people living in the South Boston Waterfront has grown by 200 percent over the last ten years, increasing demand for emergency services. According to Boston EMS, call volume has doubled due to this increase, and also due in part to the increase in visitors to the area taking advantage of its many cultural attractions. With the area expected to continue adding residents, as well as new development, an added EMS station will help meet the increase in demand. This new location in the RLFMP has direct access to Drydock Avenue to help expedite ambulance response times. 
Boston EMS is a dynamic service, responding to over 125,000 clinical incidents a year across the city. Serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, personnel have cared for over 7,700 confirmed positive patients and administered more than 2,300 vaccinations. As one of the fastest growing sections of the city, the new station will be vital for serving the South Boston Waterfront’s emergency medical service needs well into the future.

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