WALLINGFORD — The Fire Department has been recognized by the American Heart Association with an award for emergency medical service.
The department received the Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Award for following protocols and standards in the treatment of patients.
“We strive to provide great cardiac care when we’re notified (of a heart patient),” said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Alsup.
Tim Henry, chair of the committee that oversees the award, said in a statement that EMTs and paramedics have a vital role in treating heart attacks and commended the fire department.
“Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes in treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient,” the statement read. “We applaud Wallingford Fire and EMS for achieving this award.”
Alsup said there are ways for a first responder to detect a heart attack, adding it is the job of those responders to get the patient on a monitor and pass the information along to the hospital.
“We are extremely proud of our providers and the work of good medics and EMTs,” Alsup said. “They have a lot of pride in the care they provide … we’re excited to have received the recognition. It’s a reassurance that (the department) is doing a good job.”