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.
2022 Award Recipients – South Metro (CO) Fire Rescue, Loudoun County (VA) Combined Fire and Rescue Systems, and Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department
The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo will honor three fire and emergency services departments with the 2022 Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award for their innovations in the delivery of emergency medical services.
The departments are the South Metro (CO) Fire Rescue, Loudoun County (VA) Combined Fire and Rescue Systems, and Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department. The award presentation will take place at the 32nd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 7th in Washington, DC.
South Metro is being honored for implementing a point-of-care ultrasound imaging program in the pre-hospital environment. The goal of the program is to improve patient outcomes by enhancing on-scene diagnostic capacity. Designed initially for response to cardiac arrest emergencies, South Metro has expanded the program for lung imaging to identify clinical findings representative of COVID-19 pneumonia.
The second recipient involves a partnership between Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System and Fairfax County Fire Rescue Department. These two departments are being recognized for developing a novel pre-hospital blood program called the FACT-R, which stands for Field Available Component Transfusion Response program. This program enables emergency medical vehicles to carry whole blood that can be used in the field by Advanced Life Support Providers on trauma patients.
“With fire departments across the nation developing innovative programs to enhance their EMS capabilities, CFSI is proud to co-sponsor the Excellence in Fire Service-Based with Masimo to recognize fire departments for their innovations, said Bill Jenaway, CFSI Board President. “The programs developed by the 2022 award recipients demonstrate how the fire service continues to transform the level of care provided at the emergency scene, leading to greater positive outcomes for the patients.”