Carrollton Fire Rescue Receives Community Impact Award
Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) received the Community Impact Award on Friday, November 1 from the Woven Health Clinic (WHC). The award was presented to CFR at the annual Healthy Lives = Healthy Communities Awards Luncheon and is designated for “community leaders and organizations leading the charge to provide innovative advanced health care for all.”
CFR was honored for being one of the first cities in the DFW Metroplex to implement new portable sonogram machines on ambulances and for the department’s involvement in teaching community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) programs.
“Carrollton Fire Rescue is committed to creating a healthy community through a multi-faceted approach that focuses on developing community-wide involvement and partnerships with school districts, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups,” Carrollton Fire Chief Gregg Salmi said.
CFR personnel have taught CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) to more than 30,000 residents and school children since the program’s inception in 2000. CFR also placed 40 AEDs in City facilities from 2009 to 2013 and an additional 50 units this year in fire and police staff and patrol vehicles.
According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is often a survivable event, but usually only with bystander intervention prior to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrival. CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
The addition of ultrasound technology in ambulances enables paramedics to obtain immediate anatomical, diagnostic, and functional information about their patients thus significantly increasing the quality of care in the prehospital environment. The equipment allows EMS personnel to see inside the body, identify the injury, provide the best possible care within the ambulance, and determine if specific transport to an accredited trauma, cardiac, or pediatric care facility is warranted. EMS personnel are also able to provide more detailed information about the patient’s condition to the receiving hospital.
The addition of these devices was made possible through a grant from the Metrocrest Hospital Authority (MHA) in April. In 2017, the MHA also provided CFR with a grant for 10 LUCAS chest compression devices, which administer 102 chest compressions per minute during CPR, giving heart attack victims a higher chance of survival.
“CFR is continually looking for new ways to improve the care provided to the citizens of Carrollton and surrounding communities,” Salmi said. “We are thankful for the generosity of the MHA and honored to receive Woven’s Community Impact Award.”
Woven Health Clinic, formerly Metrocrest Community Clinic, is a 501(c)(3) charitable clinic that provides primary health care services to people living in Carrollton, Addison, Coppell, Dallas, and Farmers Branch who cannot afford healthcare. For more information, visit wovenhealth.org.
To learn more about the Metrocrest Hospital Authority, visit mhatx.org. To learn more about Carrollton Fire Rescue’s continued efforts to provide high quality medical care, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fire.