MedicAlert Foundation to Honor HCDFRS with the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award

MedicAlert Foundation and the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) will recognize Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) for their recent innovations in emergency medical services (EMS). Bill Webb, Executive Director of CFSI, and Andrew Wigglesworth, Chief Executive Officer and President of MedicAlert Foundation, will be presenting the Fire Service-Based EMS Award to County Executive Ken Ulman and Fire/EMS Chief William Goddard.

HCDFRS is being recognized for four distinguishing innovations that have improved cardiac care response times and have minimized cardiac emergencies among local residents and patients. Among the most notable accomplishments is the department’s development of a Community Hands-Only CPR program. The program is a success because of the efforts taken to establish partnerships with local organizations like the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). Through the partnership, the department recently purchased manikins for local schools and has provided “train-the-trainer” instruction for teachers to train all students. This program has now been mandated into school curriculum for Howard County and serves as a graduation requirement for both 6th and 9th graders. The students will demonstrate what they have learned during this event.

When: Thursday, June 5th · 12:00pm

Where: Mayfield Woods Middle School · 7950 Red Barn Way · Elkridge, MD 21075

Who: Ken Ulman, County Executive
        Courtney Watson, County Councilwoman (District 1)
        William Goddard, Fire/EMS Chief
        Kevin Seaman, HCDFRS Medical Director
Frank Eastham, HCPSS Executive Director of School Improvement and Administration

Why:    To celebrate Howard County’s excellence in EMS through innovative partnerships like the hands-only CPR program which is now taught to all 6th & 9th grade students.

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