The IAFC EMS Section Announces 2009 Heart Safe Community Awards

On May 5, 2009, at Fire Rescue-Med, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Section awarded the annual Heart Safe Community Awards. These awards focus on creative approaches to implementing or maintaining PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) programs and the STEMI (ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) management programs in our nation’s communities. The awards presentation took place during the General Session this morning at the IAFC’s annual conference for fire-based EMS leaders, May 4-6 in Las Vegas.

The annual Heart Safe Community Award is divided into two categories, honoring programs representing populations over 100,000 and those with fewer than 100,000. The PAD Program, Small Community Award for 2009 was presented to the Durango Fire & Rescue Authority of Colorado. The PAD program, Large Community Award for 2009 was presented to San Diego Project Heart Beat and the San Diego Fire Department of California.

The STEMI Awareness Community Program Award for 2009 was awarded to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department of Florida.

These awards–presented by the IAFC EMS Section and Physio-Control, Inc.–recognize fire-service-based EMS and other EMS systems that have used creative approaches to implement or maintain public access defibrillation programs within the communities they serve. The STEMI Awareness Community Program Award is presented to the agency that has implemented a community program to improve therapies for patients with acute coronary syndrome and its life-threatening complication—sudden cardiac arrest—and backend initiatives that include STEMI management.

The 2009 Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Westerville Ohio Division of Fire, Ohio (PAD Program, Small Community); MD Ambulance-Saskatoon EMS, Saskatchewan, Canada (PAD Program, Large Community); and Anchorage Fire Department, Alaska (STEMI Awareness).

The annual Heart Safe Community Awards were first presented in 2001 with the goal of highlighting the nation’s best practices in PAD and STEMI management programs every year.

Information about the 2009 Heart Safe Community Award and STEMI Awareness Community Program Award winners will be posted on the IAFC EMS Section’s Awards page soon.

Visit the IAFC EMS Section Awards page to learn about past years’ winners.

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