A local fire department was recognized by the American Heart Association for their success in treating patients who suffer from serious heart attacks.
The Wheeling Fire Department has earned the 2015 Lifeline EMS Silver Award.
The award is given to a department that meets or exceeds the AHS’s standards of care for severe heart attack patients.
Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms credits the EMS staff for their skill dedication in treating patients before they reach the hospital.
“These guys can read and tell you when you are having a MI in the field. When they notice that they send that information to the hospital so they can prepare to take care of that patient as soon as they arrive at the door,” said Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms.
Dr. Robert Fanning, the director of cardiac services at Wheeling Hospital told WTRF.com, “we take for granted that the Wheeling Fire Department is delivering patients to the hospital in the sickest way, but they are training, they are getting equipment, and they are maintaining that equipment. They also teaching the public CPR. All of these things are important.”
The Wheeling Fire Department is one of only five departments from across the Mountain State to earn the award.