Last year, the Fairfield Fire Department purchased two LUCAS Chest Compression System devices that perform “clinically correct” chest compressions. They are stored in the city’s two advanced life support units. Physicians say the more that blood can flow during a cardiac event, the better the outcome.
This year’s honor is Monroe’s fourth consecutive honor, said fire Chief John Centers, adding the honor recognizes the department’s “dedicated staff and achievements in emergency medical care.”
This is the sixth straight cardiac care award for West Chester Twp.’s fire department.
“Our team isn’t motivated by the fanfare and recognition, but receiving the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold award from a top-notch organization like the American Heart Association is a testament to the women and men who put on the uniform every day,” said West Chester EMS Capt. Jason Hartley.
The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program is launched in 2014 and celebrates pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with other EMS agencies and area hospitals related to STEMI patient care.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Dr. Tim Henry, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.”