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CFSI and Masimo to honor Colorado Springs Fire Department for excellence in emergency medical services

WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo will honor the Colorado Springs Fire Department with the 2023 Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award for their innovations in the delivery of emergency medical services. The award presentation will take place at the 33rd Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on May 23rd in Washington, DC.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) was selected for this award for its Tiered Response Program. Like many fire departments across the nation, CSFD faced significant challenges dispatching ALS Engines and Trucks on 911 calls and treating patients for non-emergencies. In response, the fire department developed a multi-tiered response program that dispatches appropriate resources and personnel based on the actual needs of the patient. The program covers various potential users of the 911 system, including super utilizers, the elderly, the mentally ill, homeless, and incarcerated. Over 50 departments across the nation have met with CSFD personnel to learn about their program.

“With fire departments across the nation developing innovative programs to enhance their EMS capabilities, CFSI is proud to co-sponsor the Excellence in Fire Service-Based with Masimo to recognize fire departments for their innovations, said Jim Estepp, CFSI President. “We look forward to honoring the Colorado Springs Fire Department with this award, and by doing so, sharing this innovative program with other fire departments seeking to enhance their own EMS systems.”

“On behalf of Masimo Americas, we are proud to sponsor the Congressional Fire Services Institute Award for Excellence in Fire-Based EMS,” said Andy Jones, Vice President of U.S. Alternate Care. “We want to recognize the departments that submitted a variety of strong applications to the CFSI Board for consideration. At Masimo, we share in the excitement of innovation. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Again, congratulations to Colorado Springs Fire Department for the CFSI Award for Excellence in Fire-Based EMS.”

For additional information about the 2023 National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner, click here. This event benefits the mission of the Congressional Fire Services Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization designed to educate members of Congress about fire and life safety issues.

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