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Carrollton Fire Rescue Reaches New Level with American Heart Association Award

Post Date:06/14/2017 6:33 PM

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CFR Medical Director Dr. Justin Northeim and Assistant Fire Chief Ricky Vaughan accept the 2017 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Level Recognition Award from the American Heart Association

Carrollton Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and paramedic teams recently received the 2017 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Level Recognition Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for superior response efforts specifically in the area of cardiac care. This accomplishment is an improvement from last year’s Silver Level award received by the department.

This award is based on the achievements representative of the care delivered in 2016 as well as documented measurements of patients with non-traumatic chest pain, patients transported with pre-hospital contact, and patients needing treatment for severe heart attacks.

“For us, this award represents the coordinated efforts of our paramedics, our EMS training staff, our medical director, and our hospital partners to maintain a high standard of cardiac care for our community,” Battalion Chief Steve Heath said. “We recognize that AHA’s Mission: Lifeline project provides us with an opportunity to be participants in the progression of evidence-based cardiac care for the North Texas area and beyond. We feel that our participation puts us in a position to help influence new and cutting edge developments in cardiac care that will improve lives within our community.”

Collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital providers is the essence of Mission: Lifeline. The AHA recognizes the vital importance EMS providers deliver to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems of Care. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction), promptly notify the destination center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

By bringing together hospitals, EMS agencies, and others from across the community to coordinate and streamline protocols, both time and ultimately lives can be saved. These awards recognize the efforts of EMS teams and hospitals across the nation for their collaboration in systems of care and meeting Mission: Lifeline treatment guidelines. For more information on the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline program, visit

For more information on CFR’s continued emergency response efforts, visit

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