The CFSI/Masimo Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards Program was established in 2010 to recognize volunteer, career, and combination fire departments for excellence in the delivery of emergency medical services. Fire departments across the country are developing new and innovative approaches to delivering emergency medical care. Both CFSI and Masimo want to recognize these departments and share their innovations with other departments seeking new solutions for delivering emergency medical services in their own communities.
2020 Award Recipient – San Antonio (TX) Fire Department and Chesterfield County (VA) Fire & Emergency Medical Services
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo have recognized the San Antonio (TX) Fire Department and the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and Emergency Medical Services with the 2020 Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award.
The San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) is honored for developing a program that administers whole blood transfusions to patients suffering hemorrhagic shock while en route to the hospital. SAFD is said to be the first EMS system in the country to offer this treatment to all patients in a metropolitan city. This includes patients at mass casualty incidents. With the SAFD helicopter and medical special operations paramedics, the department can deliver multiple units of whole blood directly to the scene of a mass casualty incident anywhere in south Texas.
The Chesterfield County VA Fire and Emergency Medical Services is being recognized for its Mobile Integrated Health Care Program. While many fire departments across the nation have developed paramedicine programs, this combination fire department is being recognized for developing a program that brought together a broad network of partners, including health care providers, social services programs, local businesses, private physicians, area hospitals and government agencies. The result is a better level of care for users of the 9-1-1 system and a significant reduction in the number of patients transported to local emergency rooms.