FAIRBANKS, ALASKA— Fairbanks Fire Department 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.

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.

“Arguably the most important link in the chains of survival for acute stroke and cardiovascular
emergencies is emergency medical services and prehospital professionals,” said Edward Jauch,
M.D., MS, MBA, chair of the department of research at the University of North Carolina Health
Sciences at Mountain Area Health Center. “Early condition identification, stabilization and
prehospital interventions, and initiation of actions within the regional systems of care provide
patients with the best chance for receiving expedient definitive therapies leading to optimal
outcomes and maximized quality of life.

“The American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline EMS awards are an important way to recognize
the crucial roles and performances of EMS personnel in stroke and cardiac patients’ care.”
The Mission: Lifeline EMS achievement award focuses on agencies’ on-scene care, bringing to the
forefront the collaboration and contributions to patient care for prehospital providers.

“Fairbanks Fire Department is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our
dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Assistant Fire Chief Andrew
Coccaro “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily
basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival.

About Mission: Lifeline
Mission: Lifeline EMS® recognition is the American Heart Association’s program
that recognizes prehospital emergency agencies for their quality of care for
heart attack and stroke patients. The recognition program focuses on
transforming care quality by connecting all heart attack and stroke care
components into a seamlessly integrated care system. Key tenets of these
systems of care reinforce evidence-based guidelines and measure performance,
identify gaps, and engage in quality improvement.

For more information, visit heart.org.