Fire and EMS Dept. receives Gold Award


The City of Fishers’ Dept. of Fire and Emergency Services has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for the second year in a row.

The award recognizes fire and emergency medical service departments implementing quality measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

“We are blessed in the City of Fishers to have such an effective continuum of care for our heart attack patients,” Fire Chief Steve Orusa stated. “The highly trained men and women of our fire department, combined with strategically located heart hospitals, make a difference in patient outcomes. This partnership provides the citizens of Fishers with one of the highest survival rates in the country.”

Agencies that receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years and treated at least eight STEMI patients each year. A STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infraction) is a type of heart attack experienced by more than 250,000 people each year caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart, which requires rapid treatment. Restoring blood flow by either surgical opening or clot-busting medication is critical to prevent death.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the quality of our care, but our reward is in the successful recovery of our patients and the continued dedication in the reduction of those who don’t,” Fishers EMS Division Chief Steve Davison stated. “The Fishers Dept. of Fire and Emergency Services is dedicated to making our unit among 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.”