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Second ambulance added, renovated EMS station opens in East Boston

(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File 2015)

The City of Boston premiered the newly renovated EMS station at Boston Logan International Airport on Wednesday, which will house a second ambulance to cover East Boston, the city announced Wednesday.

“It will help EMTs move more quickly and efficiently throughout East Boston, increasing capacity if there is an emergency happening at Logan Airport. It will reduce response times for our residents who need immediate medical care, saving even more lives,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement.

The renovation came as part of a collaboration with Walsh’s office, Boston Emergency Medical Services, and Massport.

Response times for Priority 1 calls averaged 6.3 minutes in 2018 and 6.4 minutes in 2017, above the city’s goal of six-minute responses, the statement said.

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Data provided to the Globe by Boston EMS in 2015 showed the average response time for a Priority 1 call as of October of that year was 6.8 minutes.

Priority 1 calls include heart attacks, uncontrollable arterial bleeding, and unconsciousness, the agency told the Globe at the time.

Boston EMS responded to 125,000 calls last year, with 7,700 of those calls coming from East Boston, the city said in the statement.

The city has also devoted an extra $375,000 in the capital budget for 2020-2024 to build a new EMS garage in the Seaport District, the statement said.

“Both investments will allow the city’s services to transform and expand as the city’s population does the same,” the statement said.


Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.