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Victoria Fire Department Receives Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award for 3rd Consecutive Year

Post Date:06/19/2019 3:52 PM

Photo of Hannah Hunter and Gabriel Balcorta practicing a blood draw from a simulatorFor the third consecutive year, the Victoria Fire Department received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures in the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

 Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack. According to the American Heart Association it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

“The Victoria Fire Department EMS is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Fire Chief Robert T. Fox. “We know that the role of EMS in the system-of-care for cardiac patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient's outcome.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud the Victoria Fire Department for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides evidence-based treatment guidelines, tools, training and other resources to support severe heart attack care. For more information The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program, visit


In the photo, Victoria Fire Department EMT/Firefighter Hannah Frank and Fire Medic Gabriel Balcorta work through a training exercise on drawing blood for lab testing.  The Victoria Fire Department emergency responders are able to draw blood from patients and be ready to deliver it to the hospital immediately upon the patient’s arrival in the emergency room.  Officials estimate having the blood drawn by EMS shaves, on average, 30 minutes off the time it takes to get lab results back and allow for faster treatment of suspected stroke, cardiac and sepsis patients. 



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