Three Fire Departments Honored for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services by MedicAlert Foundation and CFSI

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2012) – The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the MedicAlert Foundation recognized the innovation and leadership of three fire departments with the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award at the 24th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. The honorees were the Mesa (AZ) Fire and Medical Department, Selden (NY) Fire Department and Center Point (AL) Fire District.

In its second year, the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards program showcases fire departments for best practices and innovative solutions in the delivery of emergency medical services. CFSI and the MedicAlert Foundation established the awards program to promote innovative emergency medical services programs as models for other fire departments around the country to consider adopting to enhance the services they provide in their communities.

The three fire departments – career, volunteer and combination – presented with the 2nd annual Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards:

Mesa Fire and Medical Department (Career): Introduction of Transitional Response Vehicles (TRVs) and innovative methods to manage significant increases in call volume for emergency medical services and reduce overcrowding in emergency departments.

Selden Fire District (Volunteer): A number of new initiatives and expanded training that have reduced reliance on mutual aid support.

Center Point Fire District (Combination): Innovations in training in emergency medical services, and participation in research and development programs.

“Fire Service-Based EMS continues to develop innovative approaches for providing the best level of emergency medical services in the country,” said CFSI President Bill Jenaway. “CFSI is proud to co-sponsor the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award Program with the MedicAlert Foundation to recognize those fire departments on the forefront in EMS delivery innovations – innovations necessitated by changing demographics, increased call volumes, better information, changing technology and budget constraints that have impacted many jurisdictions across the nation.”

“The winners of this year’s awards have shown great ingenuity in the delivery of emergency medical care, which helped save lives in the communities they serve,” said Andrew B. Wigglesworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of MedicAlert Foundation. “We partnered with CFSI to establish this excellence award in an effort to recognize outstanding performance by fire service-based EMS programs and to promote these best practices as a resource to help other first responder programs to improve nationwide.”

Approximately 1,800 fire and emergency services leaders from across the nation attended the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and joined in paying tribute to the dedication and commitment of the nation’s fire and emergency services. Hosted by CFSI, the annual Dinner benefits the mission of the nonprofit policy organization, which is designed to educate members of Congress about fire and life safety issues.

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 MedicAlert Foundation International pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert 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 IDs 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 serves millions of children and adult members in 50 different countries through a global network of licensed affiliates. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

Thursday, April 26, 2012