Three Fire Departments to Be Honored for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services

April 9, 2015
Fire Service-Based EMS Award Presentation at 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner

WASHINGTON, DC and IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/15 -- The Congressional Fire Services Institute and Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) will honor three fire departments for best practices and innovative solutions in the delivery of emergency medical services with the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award presentation takes place on April 16 at the 27th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.

The three fire departments to receive the 2015 Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Awards are:

  • Caribou (ME) Fire and Ambulance Department: Improvements in staffing to provide better emergency medical care to patients, and enhanced rehab protocols to insure the health and wellbeing of responding personnel.

  • County of Henrico (VA) Division of Fire: Cooperative relationships with the U.S. Military and Department of Defense that have enabled the agency to gain access to equipment and training used by the military to treat soldiers in combat. Through these efforts, Henrico Fire has improved its trauma care.

  • City of Scottsdale (AZ) Fire Department: Establishment of an alternate care site at large events to identify and treat alcohol intoxication so patients could be safely discharged to home and bypass the emergency department.

"CFSI takes great pride in co-sponsoring the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award with Masimo," said CFSI President Bill Jenaway. "Through this program, we are able to recognize important innovations in fire service-based emergency medical care that other fire departments can adopt to enhance their own emergency medical care systems."

"Through its development of noninvasive medical technologies, including the ability to measure carbon monoxide in the blood, Masimo has a long history of helping first responders monitor themselves and the citizens they protect," said Masimo founder and CEO Joe Kiani. "At this year's Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award, Masimo is honored to help recognize the brave men and women who daily risk their lives and work to improve public safety."

Approximately 1,800 fire and emergency services leaders from across the nation will attend the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the nation's fire and emergency services. Hosted by CFSI, the annual dinner benefits the mission of the nonprofit policy organization, which is designed to educate members of Congress about fire and life safety issues.

First presented in 2011, the Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award has recognized fire departments from across the nation for developing and enhancing the delivery of emergency medical services to address the growing challenges in delivering emergency medical care. By showcasing these practices, the awards program provides ideas for other fire departments to consider implementing, as they seek to improve their fire service-based EMS systems.

About CFSI:
Established in 1989, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute that works with members of Congress in promoting fire and life safety issues. Working with other national fire service organizations, the Institute focuses its attention on issues that benefit all first responders. Members of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the largest caucus in Congress, look to CFSI for guidance and information to enhance their level of understanding about the challenges and needs of our nation's fire and EMS

About Masimo:
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is a global leader in innovative noninvasive monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care-helping solve "unsolvable" problems. In 1995, the company debuted Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion™ pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET®, which virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events. More than 100 independent and objective studies have shown that Masimo SET® outperforms other pulse oximetry technologies, even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. In 2005, Masimo introduced rainbow SET® Pulse CO-Oximetry technology, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously could only be measured invasively, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), in addition to SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI). Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at

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