The Midlothian Fire Department serves the community with three licensed ambulances, one at each of our three Fire Stations. Each ambulance is staffed with two Firefighter/ Paramedics and depending on the severity of the emergency, a Fire Engine will be sent to assist the ambulance crew. Every responding apparatus is staffed with Firefighter/ Paramedics who are trained to assist with complex or life- threatening situations.
Annually, the Department responds to approximately 4,500 emergency calls for service, a number which is expected to increase each year due to growth and expansion in our community.
Midlothian Fire Department Receives National Recognition for its Commitment to Quality Care for Heart Attacks and Strokes
The Midlothian Fire Department (MFD) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack and stroke.
This award recognizes MFD’s commitment to using the Mission Lifeline prehospital program, which enables emergency medical services (EMS) staff to begin treatment when they arrive on the scene of a call — up to an hour sooner than if someone goes to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to provide resuscitation efforts to someone whose heart has stopped. People who arrive by ambulance may also receive faster treatment at the hospital.
Mission: Lifeline EMS® is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive disease states, such as severe heart attacks and strokes. The program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment — starting from when 911 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack and stroke patients takes coordination between the individual prehospital providers and health care systems.
The Mission: Lifeline EMS achievement award focuses on agencies’ on-scene care, bringing to the forefront the collaboration and contributions to patient care for prehospital providers.
“Our department is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Kevin Cunningham. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”
MFD also is recognized on the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline System of Care Target: Heart Attack award, focused on the system of care for patients. This award highlights the collaboration and contributions of both prehospital and hospital providers. This time-critical award level is limited to those agencies that provide patient transport to STEMI-receiving and STEMI-referring centers. (STEMI refers to a very serious pattern occurring on an electrocardiogram of a patient experiencing a heart attack.)