Cataldo and Atlantic EMS

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Radio System

  • Cataldo and Atlantic's new VHF system went into effect around the beginning of December 2006
  • Cataldo units have access to Fallon EMS Radio system as part of a Transport consortium
  • Note 160.0200 use below by agreement with AMR, former Contract holder for Newburyport area
Channel Frequency Type Tone Use Location Confirmation/ReConfirmations
Cataldo 1 159.3450 R D263 Ambulance Dispatch Medford 2013.06.10 N1BHH
Cataldo 2 154.5050 R D263 Misc Use Everett 2013.01.23 N1BHH
Cataldo 3 155.1600 S D047 Talkaround
Cataldo 4 152.3975 R D263 Chair Car Quincy 2013.01.17 N1BHH
Atlantic 1 152.9900 R D116 Ambulance Dispatch Peabody 2013.10.13 N1BHH
Atlantic ? 160.0200 R D311 Ambulance Dispatch Simulcast of 152.9900R Newburyport 2013.06.10 ecps92
Atlantic ? 151.9100 R D311 Ambulance Dispatch Peabody 2013.06.10 N1BHH
Atlantic 2 472.0125 R 82.5 UHF Chair Car 2012.07.09 N1BHH
Atlantic 3 155.1600 S D263 Talkaround
Atlantic 5 155.3250 R D132 Ambulance Dispatch Everett
Atlantic 5 155.3250 R D132 Ambulance Dispatch Salem 2013.10.11 N1BHH
Boston 1 152.3675 R D155 Ambulance Dispatch Quincy 2013.06.10 N1BHH
Boston 2 151.7300 R D263 Chair Car Boston 2013.01.22 N1BHH
Boston 3 155.1600 S D132 Talkaround
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New - Malden 152.2850 R  ? Malden
New - Georgetown 152.4650 R  ? Georgetown
New - Peabody 151.6700 R  ? Peabody
New - Peabody 157.4700 R  ? Peabody


Dedicated Units

Each municipality has a dedicated Cataldo EMS ALS unit and backup is provided by additional ALS and BLS units. The primary trucks are as follows:

  • Somerville - P6 - 24hr ALS - Washington St Base
  • Chelsea - P1 - 24hr ALS - Hawthorne St Base
  • Revere - P5 - 24hr ALS - Brown Circle/American Legion Hwy Base
  • Malden - P3 - 24hr ALS - Canal St Base
  • Everett - P2 - 24hr ALS - Broadway Base
  • Saugus - P8 - 24hr ALS - Walnut St/Rt. 1 Base (Dispatched by Atlantic Division)
  • Melrose - P4 - 24hr ALS - Melrose Fire HQ


Dedicated Cataldo EMS (Boston Division) units for the City of Newton, additional ALS/BLS used as backup when needed (as of 12/28/09)

  • Medic 1 - 24hr ALS - NFD Station 3
  • Medic 2 - 24hr ALS - NFD Station 4
  • Ambulance 1 - 12hr BLS (6am-6pm)- NFD Station 3
  • Ambulance 2 - 12hr BLS (12pm-12am)- NFD Station 2


Dedicated Atlantic EMS units for the City of Lynn, additional ALS/BLS used as backup when needed

  • Medic 7 - 24hr ALS - High St Base
  • Ambulance 14 - 24hr BLS - High St Base
  • Ambulance 13 - 24hr BLS - North Franklin St Base
  • Ambulance 12 - 16hr BLS Sunday-Thursday (9am-1am), 24hr Friday/Saturday - North Franklin St Base
  • Ambulance 11 - 8hr BLS Monday-Friday (11am-7pm) - High St Base


Dedicated Atlantic EMS units for the City of Peabody, additional ALS/BLS used as backup when needed

  • Medic 1 - 24hr ALS - Foster St Base
  • Medic 2 - 24hr ALS - Peabody Eng 3 7a-7p Foster st 7p-7a
  • Medic 3 - 24hr ALS - Peabody Engine 7 Station
  • Ambulance 15 -12hr BLS (7am-7pm) -

Dedicated Atlantic EMS units for the City of Salem, additional ALS/BLS used as backup when needed

  • Medic 5 - 24hr ALS - Canal St Base
  • Ambulance 16 - 24hr BLS - Canal St Base


Dedicated Atlantic EMS units for the Town of Marblehead, additional ALS/BLS used as backup when needed

  • Medic 4 - 24hr ALS - Sewall St Base


Field Supervisors

  • Cataldo and Atlantic Field Supervisors utilize non-transporting ALS vehicles and the call signs are assigned individually, prefaced by "S" followed by the individual number (3-32)


Signal Codes

Cataldo uses mostly number codes to signify different statuses, such as to and from a call. These codes are heard rarely now as plain language is encouraged for radio transmissions.

  • Priority 1: Critical Emergency
  • Priority 2: Regular Emergency
  • Priority 3: Transfer/Non emergency
  • Signal 1: On the road/on the air
  • Signal 2: At scene
  • Signal 3: En route med facility (transporting)
  • Signal 4: Arriving at med facility
  • Signal 5: Still at the facility but available if needed
  • Signal 6: Clear/available for next call
  • Signal 7: Accident involving company vehicle
  • Signal 8: Contact Dispatch or specified person/location
  • Signal 9: Enroute to next call
  • Signal 10: Violent PT on board


Facility Codes

Numbers are also used to signify different facilities. Here are the most used.

  • 7 - BMC Harrison Ave
  • 11 - Cambridge Hospital
  • 22 - BMC East Newton
  • 26 - Children's Hospital
  • 64 - MGH Chelsea
  • 78 - Somerville Hospital
  • 88 - Whidden Hospital
  • 101 - Lawrence Memorial Hospital
  • 136 - Melrose Wakefield Hospital
  • 137 - Mt. Auburn Hosptial
  • 145 - MGH Boston
  • 153 - Tufts/TMC/NEMC


Boston Division

Cataldo's Boston division operates out of a base Roslindale, which houses an average of 20 ambulances, 9 chair car vans & buses, the Director of Operations (his vehicle and office), a clinical field supervisor, as well as crew quarters and a dedicated dispatch center for this division. The Boston division handles 911 Emergencies for the City of Newton, as well as many contracts in Boston and surrounding areas. Most notably being their contracts with Beth Israel Hospital, the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Hospital Boston. This division also handles backup (along with other private companies) for the City of Boston. Additionally, "Partners" dedicated and non-dedicated units will periodically be asked to sign onto and off of the "Partners 2" radio channel: a far-reaching simplex frequency owned by Fallon Ambulance to be used by the units handling transports to/from Partners Healthcare facilities (a shared contract).

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