LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico Emergency Medical Services chief is in Massachusetts after earning a prestigious honor all while juggling a career, teaching and earning a degree.
Los Alamos Fire Department’s Benjamin Stone will be representing New Mexico as he starts a fellowship program at the Harvard University School of Government.
Stone was selected out of a highly competitive candidate pool of qualified Emergency Medical Services chiefs from across the country by the International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs.
During the three week program, Stone says he will learn about different facets of government by completing real-life case studies and decision making tasks.
This is information he says will open lines of communication and improve response times at the fire department.
“From the responders who are doing the work, to the folks who are levying to get money for the folks, to the folks at the government level who are trying to enact regulations laws and such to protect us and make the response better,” said Stone.
Stone will be with about 12 to 15 other participants from local, state and federal governments, police departments and fire departments from around the country.
This award is considered one of the highest honors in the EMS field.
Stone did this while serving as the EMS Deputy Chief for Los Alamos Fire Department, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Emergency Medical Services, teaching leadership classes and being a father and husband.