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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue honored by Heart Association

Reported by: Vicki Gonzalez
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Updated: 5/15 12:49 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) --  The city has been recognized for its response to help heart attack patients in the city get back on their feet.

Wednesday was a day of celebration for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, steering our focus away from heavy-handed accusations about their commitment to saving people's lives.

Chief William McDonald congratulated the 650 men and women at Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Today the American Heart Association presented Las Vegas Fire & Rescue with the Mission: Lifeline EMS Bronze Award -- reportedly the only fire department to receive this award statewide.

The city abides by data from Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival-- also known as CARES.

Las Vegas is above the national average in getting cardiac arrest patients to walk out of the hospital, at 12.5 percent, and with survivors having good to moderate neurological function at 10.6 percent.

In the first month since the dual response system was eliminated in Las Vegas, AMR was delayed in being dispatched to a cardiac arrest call twice — it took an average time of over 16 minutes to be called.

What hasn't been criticized is Las Vegas Fire and Rescue’s response times. They respond to 100 percent of emergency calls in the city and are first on the scene a majority of the time.

Now that the dual response system has been severed, AMR has to be manually dispatched, which means there is no way knowing if the private ambulance company’s unit is closer to the scene.

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