TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County Emergency Medical Services has been named the Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year award winner by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and EMS World.
Award recipients are evaluated on a number of criteria. Those criteria include contributions toward advancing in EMS education and training in the agency, innovations in prehospital care and protocol development implemented by the agency, medical community involvement with the agency and public education.
"With Leon County's sudden cardiac arrest survival rate far above the national average, our paramedics continue to set the highest standard for emergency medical services everywhere," said Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox. "And our peers nationwide are taking notice."
The national award recognizes Leon County for its employee safety, wellness, development and community involvement. Programs like paid parental leave, tuition reimbursement, well being program, and a collaboration with social services lead to LCEMS being recognized as this year’s winner over other submissions.
Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long said the NAEMT recognition demonstrates that the agency's paramedics and EMTs are some of the best in their field.
"This distinction highlights our ongoing training and innovations to improve prehospital care and outcomes," Long said. "And these successes are made possible because of our exemplary leadership team at EMS and our commitment to quality emergency care."