She added that the department has taken safety a step further by placing equipment in the patient compartment that signal turns and braking.
“Odessa is leading the way in setting an example of achieving excellence in safety for both the patients and providers,” she said.
The Friendsville Vol. Fire Department in Texas was lauded for its initiatives as “a leader in providing high quality prehospital patient care and community wide emergency response.”
The department, that is supplemented by a paid crew during the week, was recognized for innovations in treatment, leadership, and education. In addition to patient care, the responders also promote emergency planning as well as conduct CPR training for citizens.
The career department selected for recognition handled the shooting at a Tucson shopping center that left several dead and injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Crews had participated in a mass casualty exercise in December – just one month before the call came in that would test what they learned.
“While many precious lives were lost that day the training and response of Northwest Fire/Rescue District saved many lives at this tragic event,” Dean said. “…You made the fire/EMS service across the nation very proud that day.”
Earlier this year, CFSI officials announced that Congressman Peter King, R-NY, was named CFSI Legislator of the Year. He currently serves as Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.