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2007 EMS provider of the Year

Port Orange Fire & Rescue

1090 City Center Blvd.

Port Orange, FL 32129

News Release

For Immediate Release:


Port Orange Fire-Rescue Selected as #1 EMS Provider Statewide



PORT ORANGE, FLA May 19, 2007—Out of 266 EMS Providers statewide, the Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services has selected Port Orange Fire-Rescue as the EMS Provider of the Year for 2007.  Fire Chief, Thomas G. Weber affirms, “This is an extremely important award for our community; it validates that we are continuing with our mission of providing high quality innovated service to our residents and visitors.”  A panel of judges chose Port Orange Fire & Rescue on the basis of their leadership, public education initiative, and quality assurance. 

The Department’s efforts are consistently proactive, rather than reactive.    For example, they were the first in Volusia County to implement the use of the Intraosseous Driver, which is an alternative IV that can be inserted when traditional IV access is not feasible.  Education is foremost in the Department, not only for staff, but for the community as a whole.  In February of 2007, monies from the Department’s flu shot program were put back into the community with the purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) for the athletic departments at Port Orange Middle and High Schools.  Port Orange paramedics subsequently trained school staff on the use of these life-saving devices.     

Upon hearing of the award, City Manager, Ken Parker, noted that the Port Orange community “is fortunate to have dedicated EMS providers who do an exceptional job every single day, providing top quality Emergency Medical Service.”  Under the leadership of Russell Rafferty, Chief of EMS, the Department’s outstanding team of Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians has implemented cutting-edge technology while maintaining personalized customer care. 

One Port Orange resident writes, “we are comforted, and actually proud, to have such high-quality people who make up our city fire department.” Port Orange Fire-Rescue was first on the scene when his wife suffered a seizure.  She later underwent emergency brain surgery and made a full recovery.  Medical Director, Dr. Springer, says of Port Orange Fire-Rescue: “It is a pleasure working with them,” and he is “impressed by their skills.” Port Orange Fire-Rescue’s “skills” include everything from stabilizing a non-responsive patient to installing a wheelchair ramp on their day off.  It is this level of commitment that sets them apart.  Chief Weber remarks, “Our team of dedicated firefighters and firefighter/paramedics have worked hard to earn this recognition by their peers, and our community can be proud that we will be there to serve their needs with skills noted by this award.” The Department will be recognized on July 18th, 2007 at the Florida Department of Health Quarterly State Meeting in Orlando, FL. 


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