CFSI and MedicAlert Foundation Announce Fire Service-Based EMS Innovations Awards Application for 2014

TURLOCK, CALIFORNIA (January 22, 2014) – The MedicAlert Foundation International and the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) are promoting the accomplishments of fire departments across the U.S. with the fourth annual Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards program. The Excellence Awards program will honor fire departments from each category of service (volunteer, combination and career) for innovations in their emergency medical services programs and practices delivered to local communities.

Fire Service-Based EMS programs that improve the delivery of emergency medical care are invited to complete an awards application. The awardees from 2013 were Montgomery County (Maryland) Fire and Rescue Service for their Emergency Cardiac Care Program, Miami-Dade (Florida) Fire Rescue for their Infection Control program and Snohomish County (Washington) Fire District # 1 for their EMS Checklist. The applications are due by March 7, 2014. The Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards will be presented on May 1, 2014 at the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.

“CFSI takes great pride in co-sponsoring this awards program with the MedicAlert Foundation,” said CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb. “By recognizing volunteer, career and combination departments for innovations and achievements in the delivery of emergency medical services, we can raise greater awareness within the fire service of innovations taking place across the nation and are saving lives – innovations that other fire departments can implement.”

"We are pleased to continue this awards program which honors innovations and achievements in fire service-based emergency medical services. It recognizes cooperation and partnerships between fire service officials, local government leaders and other stakeholders in the continuum of emergency medical care -- and most importantly it honors the first responders who are delivering the first level of emergency care that saves lives," said Andrew B Wigglesworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of MedicAlert Foundation. "With the innovative entries we receive from fire departments across the nation, we are able to build a compendium of best practices which encourage others to continue efforts in innovating their emergency medical programs and practices.

To download an application and to learn more about the Excellence in Fire-Service Based EMS Awards program, visit www.medicalert.org/award.

About Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

Established in 1989, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute that works with members of Congress in promoting fire and life safety issues. Working with other national fire service organizations, the Institute focuses its attention on issues that benefit all first responders. Members of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the largest caucus in Congress, look to CFSI for guidance and information to enhance their level of understanding about the challenges and needs of our nation’s fire and EMS communities. For more information on CFSI, visit www.cfsi.org.

About MedicAlert Foundation International

Established in 1956, the nonprofit charity MedicAlert Foundation International pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert Foundation International provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a personal health record and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation International medical ID products alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. MedicAlert Foundation International services are available around the world through a network of international nonprofit affiliated organizations licensed by the Foundation. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014