Waterloo Fire Rescue Nationally Recognized

Honored with American Heart Association’s Silver Achievement Award

WATERLOO, IA — Waterloo Fire Rescue has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid and research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attacks and strokes, ultimately saving lives.

Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive, up to an hour sooner than if someone goes to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to provide resuscitation efforts to someone whose heart has stopped. People who arrive by ambulance may also receive faster treatment at the hospital.

“Waterloo Fire Rescue is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack and stroke patients, so patients have the best possible chance of survival,” says Jason Hernandez, Medical Supervisor for Waterloo Fire Rescue.

Mission: Lifeline EMS® is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as severe heart attacks and strokes. The program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment — starting from when 911 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack and stroke patients takes coordination between the individual prehospital providers and healthcare systems.

CONTACT: Jason Hernandez Jason.Hernandez@Waterloo-IA.org
Medical Supervisor
Waterloo Fire Rescue