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CFSI, MedicAlert Honor Three for ‘Best Practices in EMS’

Volunteer, combination and career fire departments receive awards

 

 
 
 

Jennifer Berry, NREMT-B | | Friday, April 8, 2011


Thursday, April 7 marked the first time the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and MedicAlert Foundation joined forces to recognize three fire departments for their best practices in EMS.

CFSI and MedicAlert gave the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards in the following three categories:

“The CFSI/MedicAlert Foundation in Excellence Award, in its first year, is an encouraging sign that fire and EMS can together make great strides in providing quality service to citizens no matter the department type, reinforcing Craig Fugate's earlier statement that "teamwork is the key,’” said JEMS.com News Editor Bill Carey, who attended the event.

According to a written statement provided by CFSI and MedicAlert, Odessa Fire Company “employed innovative solutions to enable them to provide outstanding, safety-focused, EMS services in response to rapid growth in a previously rural area.” It has focused heavily on training, requiring all new members – including drivers -- to be certified first responders, as well as applying for and receiving a $420,000 grant to purchase 150 Masimo RAD 57 units to aid in detection of carbon monoxide poisoning in both patients and providers.

The statement continues that Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department received the combination award for using “cutting edge technologies to improve patient recovery following emergencies,” that includes therapeutic hypothermia. The department also leads disaster management drills for the region, continuing education for members and community-based programs for its local residents. “Friendswood is a leader in providing high quality pre-hospital patient care and community wide emergency response,” the statement says.

And last but not least, Northwest Fire/Rescue District was recognized for its leadership during the response to the Jan. 8 mass shooting during a public meeting with U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and its high level of EMS training programs.

According to the statement, “The eyes of the nation, if not the world, were on the Northwest Fire/Rescue District on January 8th as they responded to a mass shooting during a public meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While many precious lives were lost that day due to the acts of a deranged gunman, the training and response of Northwest Fire/Rescue District saved many lives at this tragic event. Northwest’s Fire Service-Based EMS system was tested in this very challenging situation, and the organization performed remarkably well. The fire/EMS service community across the nation was very proud of role the District played that day.”

The awards were started to "recognize fire departments for their contributions to fire-based EMS and quality patient care," said CFSI President of the Board of Directors William Jennaway during the dinner. Eligible applicants submitted an essay describing their best practices. According to the CFSI website, these were reviewed and judged by a selection committee on the following criteria:
 

  • The department was a volunteer, combination or career fire department that provides some level of EMS;
  • The department had implemented a unique practices that enhanced delivery of EMS in their community; and
  • The department’s practice had positively affected provider safety, increased efficiency of resource deployment or improved effectiveness of EMS response and patient care delivery.
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For more on carbon monoxide monitoring in Delaware, read about the 2010 EMS 10: Innovators in EMS supplement to May JEMS.
 



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Jennifer Berry, NREMT-B

Jennifer C. Berry is the managing editor of JEMS and JEMS.com. She joined JEMS in August 2006 and has a BA in Spanish and English from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining JEMS, she was a newspaper reporter and editor for a Los Angeles Times-owned newspaper in the Los Angeles area, and a newspaper reporter in Indiana. She primarily covered public safety, government and business.

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