CFSI Seeking Nominations for Fire-Based EMS Award

WASHINGTON, DC (January 24, 2013) - The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and the MedicAlert Foundation are accepting applications for the Third Annual Fire Service-Based EMS Awards, to be presented at the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards Program honors volunteer, career and combination departments that have established innovative and highly effective best practices in emergency medical services. Departments selected for their achievements will be honored at the annual dinner attended by 2,000 fire and emergency services leaders from across the nation.

"Across this country, we hear of outstanding practices fire departments have implemented to enhance emergency medical care, leading to higher survival rates for the victims and greater safety for our responders," said CFSI President Bill Jenaway. "We want to draw national attention to these efforts to encourage other departments to enhance their own practices; hence this new program. We thank the MedicAlert Foundation for their support of this initiative- they have an outstanding tradition of making positive contributions to public safety."

"Every day in communities across the country, fire personnel are there for all of us in times of need. We are equally proud that every day the MedicAlert Foundation is helping fire personnel and other first responders protect all of us too" said Andrew B. Wigglesworth, President and CEO of MedicAlert Foundation. "The adaptation of evidence-based treatment plans, technology and best practices is the foundation of effective EMS care. The agencies that empower their EMS providers to improve on this foundation will lead the way in patient care and provider safety. We are proud to sponsor this award which recognizes the leaders in fire service-based EMS care."

To download an application and to learn more about the Excellence in Fire-Service Based EMS Awards program,visit www.medicalert.org/award or www.cfsi.org/awards/awards_ems.cfm#. The deadline for application submissions is March 8.

About Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

Established in 1989, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute that works with members of Congress in promoting fire and life safety issues. Working with other national fire service organizations, the Institute focuses its attention on issues that benefit all first responders. Members of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the largest caucus in Congress, look to CFSI for guidance and information to enhance their level of understanding about the challenges and needs of our nation's fire and EMS communities. For more information on CFSI, visit www.cfsi.org.

About MedicAlert Foundation International

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation International pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, intelligent and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert Foundation International provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a personal health record and a live 24/7 emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation International medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member's primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. MedicAlert Foundation International services are available around the world through a network of international nonprofit affiliated organizations licensed by the Foundation. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

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