The Westlake Fire Department has again been awarded the 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award by the American Heart Association, which recognizes the department as a premiere emergency medical provider. The department earned the honor last year as well.
"We have the equipment, training , and talents to provide the best care to those patients who need us in their time of need when they are experiencing a critical cardiac event," said Westlake Fire Chief Jim Hughes. "We give each of our patients the greatest chance for survival and an enhanced quality of life after recovery. I am extremely proud of the team that is out on the streets doing their best to improve the lives of all of those who live, work, travel and play in the City of Westlake."
The award is used to recognize first responders who demonstrate exemplary commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of prehospital care by ensuring that every STEMI patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards.