Carrollton Fire Rescue Receives Additional AHA Heart Saver Awards
CFR members received the AHA Heart Saver award from
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center of Carrollton presented the American Heart Association’s Heart Saver award to members of Carrollton Fire Rescue EMS for five successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation cases spanning from June through October 2016. At the January 24 City Council meeting, Baylor Scott & White, in coordination with AHA, recognized the recent successful cases where patient lives were saved after a sudden cardiac episode.
EMS crewmembers were also recognized for an AHA Heart Saver award in December 2016 for an additional case. The short period of time is what makes these recognitions so significant. The six successful cases with Baylor Scott & White are in addition to the CPR saves of patients taken to other area hospitals.
“We strive to maintain our save rate consistency and we’re always working to improve year by year,” said Battalion Chief Steve Heath. “The positive outcomes can be attributed to good training and a culture of excellence within CFR. It’s important to these guys to do a great job, not for the awards, but for our community. Our crews exhibit a true sense of pride and responsibility towards providing the best possible medical care and it makes one proud to be part of this organization.”
Heath said future goals for EMS in Carrollton include the designation as a Heart Safe Community. HEARTSafe is a national program which measures a community’s efforts to provide early recognition and activation, early CPR, early defibrillation, advanced life support, post-arrest care, supportive cardiac preventive care. This will be a cooperative project with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center of Carrollton.
“We plan to start soon on this project and become one of the Metroplex’s earlier participants,” Heath said.
CFR has applied for a grant to assist in the purchase of automated chest compression devices to further enhance the department’s capabilities.
For more information on the good work being done by CFR or to sign up for the February 4 entrance exam to join CFR, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire.
|Brent Dirks, Lawrence Lee, Jr., Phillip Swink, Robert Russell, and
Michael Florer were awarded at the Dec. 6 City Council Meeting.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center of Carrollton presented the American Heart Association’s Heart Saver award to members of Carrollton Fire Rescue for a recent successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation case. Baylor Scott & White, in coordination with AHA, plans to recognize recent and future successful cases where patient lives were saved to show appreciation for the efforts of the EMS crews from Carrollton Fire Rescue.“We’re always pleased to have our folks recognized for the work they do,” said Fire Chief John Murphy. “This is the standard we’ve come to expect from our team and the level of care our community deserves.”
Dr. Trent Stephenson from Baylor Scott & White Carrollton presented the awards.