Pearland EMS awarded by American Heart Association

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

The City of Pearland Fire Department’s EMS services won an award for assisting residents who have severe heart attacks.

The department received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps emergency medical services and hospitals develop systems of care that follows proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required measure for one calendar year.

“The Pearland Fire Department is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country,” Fire Chief, Vance Riley said. “We are very happy to be recognized for that dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for cardiac patients.”

The Pearland Fire Department accomplished these goals through their adherence to protocols and training, according to Riley.

According to the American Heart Association, every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infraction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

For more information, visit heart.org.

The Pearland Fire Department provides EMS services for the City of Pearland, Brookside Village, and all of the Brazoria County and Harris County portions of Pearland’s ETJ.

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