Fort Wayne Fire Department boosts cardiac survival rates

The Fort Wayne Fire Department has been recognized with the 2019 EMS Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year (Fire Department-based) Award from the Indiana Emergency Response Conference.

From left are Mike Riehm, fire chief for Kendallville, who is representing the Indiana Emergency Response Conference and the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association; Eric Lahey, Fort Wayne fire chief; and John Crawford, assistant chief of EMS for the Fort Wayne Fire Department.

The nomination form says, “Fort Wayne Fire Department became a state certified non-transport Advanced Life Support (ALS) service in January 2016. In the last three years, the department has gone from two ALS engines to 18, and as a result, their cardiac arrest survival rate has been as high at 10.8 percent. The department has announced the intention to have all future recruit classes certified as Advanced EMTs, and their next project includes a training lab.”

The conference named Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, Operations Division, as EMS Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year (Non-Fire Department-based) for its File for Life program. It asks residents to complete a quick-reference sheet in case of a medical emergency.

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