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HCDFRS recognized as best EMS program in state

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was recognized for having the best EMS program in the state foe 2013 by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

According to news release, the “Star of Life” award recognizes programs for their quality of service and innovation.

“Here in Howard County, we really have an outstanding system made up of some of the most talented people in the field of EMS,” said County Executive Ken Ulman. “It is an honor to be selected and we hope to continue to be on the cutting edge when it comes to the level of care we provide our citizens.”

The department was selected for their S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) program which pre-alerts the hospital when crews respond to an incident involving a heart attack or other cardiac distress, according to a news release. This program is done through a partnership with Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) and puts doctors in motion before a patient arrives.

“Time makes all the difference in situations like this, which is why we continue to collaborate with the hospital in this way in order to bring about the best patient outcome possible,” said HCDFRS Chief William Goddard.

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