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LVFR Receives EMS Award
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Award that recognizes its commitment and success in implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer a severe heart attack known as a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
Mission: Lifeline’s new EMS recognition program recognizes those emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. The award recognizes everyone from the 9-1-1 dispatchers to the crews that arrive on the scene, make the recognition, start advance life-saving procedures and deliver the patient to a medical facility for follow-up treatment in a timely manner. It is truly a team effort.
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for three months (one quarter), and treated at least four STEMI patients for the year.
“We commend Las Vegas Fire & Rescue for this achievement award, which reflects a significant commitment to improve the quality of care for heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline committee and Chief of Medicine at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. “All too many heart attack patients in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications.”
“It is challenging enough to get patients to the cath lab within 90 minutes of arrival at a hospital, but LVFR was graded on our ability to get the patient to the cath lab within 90 minutes from the first call to 9-1-1 for help,” said Deputy Fire Chief Dr. David Slattery, Medical Director for LVFR. “This recognition reflects our department’s continued pursuit for delivering excellence for emergency cardiac care for the citizens and visitors in the City of Las Vegas.”
Las Vegas Fire Chief Willie McDonald added, “Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is committed to making our emergency medical response the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients. We are pleased to be recognized for our department’s dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”
San Gabriel Fire
San Gabriel, CA, May 15, 2014 – San Gabriel firefighters were called to a reported fire at the corner of San Gabriel Boulevard and Live Oak Street around 7:15 p.m. They found a fire in a large dumpster that had extended into a phone store that was part of a three-store complex that included a large bookstore on the other end. Firefighters mounted an offensive attack inside and on the roof of the phone store and found heavy fire throughout and in the attic. A second alarm was ordered as firefighters were driven out of the store and defensive operations commenced. Division Chief Bryan Frieders reported that the building was burning so hot, it wasn't worth risking lives. For over an hour firefighters battled the fire as it spread to the second store. Eventually, both buildings collapsed. "Fortunately, no firefighters were on the roof when it collapsed," said Frieders.
A third alarm was requested when command noticed that the fire had communicated to the bookstore. Firefighters from Alhambra, Arcadia, Glendale, Los Angeles County, Monterey Park, Pasadena and San Marino assisted the San Gabriel FD as they continued pouring water on the collapsed structures while setting up to combat the fire in the larger building, which by this time had fire in the attic with heavy smoke, under pressure, blowing out of the attic vents.