The Idaho Falls Fire Department work around the clock to keep locals safe and alive and it's paying off.
When it comes to heart attack patients, there are a lot of things paramedics need to keep in mind, and the faster you can handle the situation the better.
Eric Day, the Division Chief, said "We live by our mantra of time is muscle... So getting the diagnosis... Getting the patient to the hospital so they can get the treatments that they need... To make sure that their heart can get the oxygen it needs so that the patient will live and return to a functional life..."
Due to the high standard that the fire department in Idaho Falls has kept when dealing with heart attack patients, They've received the EMS gold award from American heart association’s mission: lifeline.
And this isn't an overnight award. It's a culmination of 2 years of work, and proving that the way they do things works.
And it's one less thing to worry about when paramedic's don't need to question the process.
Ryan Carlson, the Paramedic Captain, said "it makes it easier for our newer medics that they know that they have an algorithm to follow... That if the patient presents with this then they do that... And it makes it easier for all of us to follow and to do everything in a timely manner..."
The award covers response times, how fast they can diagnose and get an EKG done on the patient, how fast they get the patient to the hospital, and even the technology used.
In the last 2 years, the department has been advancing, with a new facility, and new tech like auto CPR machines, and have been using them with 200 cardiac arrest patients just this year.
Day also said "It’s amazing the amount of progress we have made in our department... With the technology how quickly it's come along and how well we've adopted it and the support that we have received from the city and the county..."
The Idaho Falls Fire Department also have a pulse point app, which notifies those who are trained in CPR that their services may be needed, if they are near an emergency situation.