Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2016 Vol. 63 No. 1

Texas EMS First Responder Award

We are proud to announce the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was honored with the First Responder of the Year Award at the 2015 Texas EMS Conference in Dallas, Texas, on November 24, 2015. The award recognizes a first responder organization that demonstrated leadership in EMS in patient care, public access, medical control, disaster preparedness, public education or training. On hand to accept the award was staff from the Texas Division of Emergency Management's (TDEM's) EMS program.

Left to right: Jason Dush, Maxie Bishop, Chief Nim Kidd, Ryan Schaefer and John Dunn. Left to right: Jason Dush, Maxie Bishop, Chief Nim Kidd, Ryan Schaefer and John Dunn.

To date, almost 5,000 DPS personnel have been trained in the use of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED). In addition, 400 AEDs are placed in public areas of DPS offices across the state and have been used three times this year with two CPR saves.

A First Responders Program, developed and overseen by TDEM, has been implemented to train DPS' commissioned officers to render aid to Texans, themselves, each other and law enforcement personnel from other agencies until EMS arrives on scene. This is particularly important with law enforcement being high-profile targets for attack, as well as in rural areas of the state where DPS troopers are often the first on scene for medical emergencies or a major accident.

Through the collaborative efforts of TDEM's EMS and Field Response personnel, as well as numerous stakeholders from other divisions within DPS, as an agency, we have improved outcomes of our staff and of Texas' citizens during emerging, life-threatening medical situations. As we continue to build this program, we will see the benefit of everyone's continued support and efforts to become the leaders in law enforcement first responders.

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