Melbourne Fire Department Receives American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Award
In May, the Melbourne Fire Department was awarded the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Silver Plus Award. The department was recognized for its work in 2016 to save 98 patients who suffered a specific type of heart attack called “STEMI” or ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.
STEMI occurs when the blood supply to a large area of the heart is blocked for an extended time. It can kill or severely disable its victims if not treated immediately.
The Mission Lifeline program is part of an effort by the American Heart Association to offer training and recognition to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers in order to increase the number of STEMI patients who receive immediate care they need to improve their chances of recovery and survival.
During the month of May, the Space Coast Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System was evaluated by the American Heart Association for all STEMI Alerts during the calendar year of 2016. After a review of several criteria, the AHA recognized the Melbourne Fire Department with its Silver Plus award for its collaborative work with Advanced Life Support (ALS) Non-Transport EMS, ALS Transport EMS and local hospitals.