Warren Fire Department recognized for EMS service

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 8, 2015

WARREN — For the second year in a row, the Warren Fire Department has been recognized for the emergency medical care its paramedics give while transporting heart attack patients to the hospital.

The Warren Fire Department is currently the only municipal agency in the state to have acquired the American Heart Association’s “Mission: Lifeline EMS — Gold” recognition. The award, recognizing the department’s prompt treatment of heart attack patients over the last 24 months, came after it was awarded “Silver” recognition last year for its statistics over a 12-month period.

The award centers on the treatment of heart attack patients by Warren paramedics. Specifically, it involves their successful use of a 12-lead ECG and the transmission of data to emergency room doctors for confirmation of a serious heart attack. Of the 2,000 calls for service involving chest pain of some type during the award period, 19 were later identified as having a STEMI heart attack, or ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Warren paramedics successfully performed the procedure on all 19 patients.

The department’s paramedics were also cited for intravenous treatment, the use of doctor-approved medication and the rapid transport of patients to the hospital’s lab, where lifesaving angioplasty is performed.

The treatment during transit to the hospital, coupled with the emergency room care of the staff at St. John’s Oakland Macomb Hospital in Warren, resulted in a successful discharge rate of 100 percent of those patients.

“We’re extremely happy with the job we do, the pre-hospital care we provide in conjunction with St. John’s lab, and the training they provide for us,” Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said. “We’re just thrilled we can provide that to our residents and visitors.”

According to a media release from the city, the Warren Fire Department responded to 16,546 calls for emergency service in 2014. The average response time was 5 minutes and 31 seconds.

The city has reportedly generated $12.5 million since it resumed providing EMS transport services in 2011. For residents, whatever the amount that their insurance company pays for the service is accepted as payment in full.

Mayor Jim Fouts made returning EMS transport a priority when he ran for mayor in 2007.

“Our city has the best EMS service. We provide 24/7 prompt, top-notch service, and the credit goes to Fire Commissioner Wilburt McAdams and our dedicated firefighters,” Fouts said.