Havelock Fire and Rescue receives award

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The Havelock Fire and Rescue Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition award. Pictured, from left, are Firefighter/EMT Jeremy Jones, Assistant Chief Steve Coffey, and Firefighter/AMT David Shroads.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM.

The Havelock Fire and Rescue Department has been recognized for its advancements in the care of heart attack patients.

The department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award in recognition of the implementation of measures for the treatment of patients suffering what is called an ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

“Havelock Fire Rescue is dedicated to making our department among the best in the country, and the American Heart association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for STEMI patients,” said Steve Coffey, chief of operations at the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”

Coffey said the department has made changes, including how resuscitations are done, to improve patient care.

“It just recognizes the work and commitment and training that we’ve been doing the last couple of years trying to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” he said of the award.

Coffey said the placement of Automated Electronic Defibrillators in city buildings and in city police cruisers is part of that improvement.

“It’s made a difference,” he said.

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