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North Lauderdale Fire/Rescue 

receives American Heart Association’S
Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

North Lauderdale, July the, 2015 — The City of North Lauderdale Fire/Rescue Department has received the American Heart Association’S Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience aSTEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number don't receive prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes those emergency responders for their efforts in improving STEMI systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies provide access to 12-lead ECG machines (devices that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat and can help medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred), and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger and early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for three months (one quarter), and treated at least four STEMI patients for the year.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals.  We applaud the City of North Lauderdale Fire/Rescue Department for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

North Lauderdale Fire/Rescue is dedicated to making our unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients,” said Fire Chief Rodney Turpel. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”

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 Bill McGrath, Battalion Chief


Bill McGrath 

The City of North Lauderdale has another reason to be proud of its firefighters after one of their battalion chiefs, Bill McGrath, was appointed President of the Broward County Emergency Medical Services Coalition, a Broward County Fire Chief’s Association Sub-Committee. 
“McGrath is an excellent candidate for the position and I know he will represent the city well,” said North Lauderdale Fire Chief Rodney Turpel. “It is an exceptional honor that the fire chief’s would bestow the title to our department, but it really says volumes about the work we do here in North Lauderdale and alongside our EMS partners throughout the county.” 

As the EMS Coalition President, McGrath will represent 19 fire-rescue agencies at monthly meetings to liaison with hospital medical directors, non-profit agencies and stakeholders to enhance the scope and quality of the emergency medical services system. Topics include EMS performance standards, improving patient care, case studies, advances in medical treatments, disaster and terrorism response medical capabilities, infectious diseases, grants and much more. McGrath reports information gathered from the coalition sub-committee meetings to the Broward Fire Chief’s Association for discussion and possible implementation. 
“I’m privileged to have been selected to the position,” said McGrath. “Ultimately we want to provide the best care possible and in order to do that we have to have an open dialogue and constantly be working to improve every aspect of the EMS system.”
McGrath began his career with North Lauderdale in 1996 as a firefighter paramedic and worked his way up to battalion chief. He has also spearheaded the restoration of North Lauderdale’s EMS Competition team and teaches EMS and fire courses at City College, Coral Springs Fire Academy and Broward College. 

Station 44 crew rescues woman  from apartment fire
Battalion Chief Mark Whelpley, Lt. Eddie Monahan, Ivonne Garcia and Michael Lesmes. Not pictured Stephen Springs and Alberto Martinez.

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Florida – Crews on duty at Station 44 in North Lauderdale responded to an apartment fire and got more than they bargained for after finding out two people may be inside Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. 

A neighbor called 911 around 6:30 p.m. to report smelling smoke from an adjoining apartment at the Parrots Landing complex on Sussex Drive. When crews arrived on scene, the reporting source stated a woman and child live in the apartment but he was unaware if they were home at the time.  

With possible victims inside, the duty battalion chief, Mark Whelpley gave the go ahead to evacuate the building and make forced entry into the burning apartment. Crews tried to enter through the front door, however it was barricaded on the inside. Firefighter and paramedic, Yvonne Garcia, began to make entry at one of the apartment’s windows, but located an unconscious woman in her mid-30’s lying on the ground. Garcia passed her off to crews from the City of Tamarac, who also responded to the incident, for medical attention and transported her to University Hospital. 

Garcia, and the crew, continued to look for a second person and extinguish the fire. The child was not at home at the time. 

“We didn’t know the extent of the fire or if people were inside when we arrived,” said firefighter Eddie Monahan. “Had the neighbor not called to report the smoke when he did, the results could have been much worse. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.”  The woman, who was inside the apartment for at least 30 minutes, was reported to be in stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

Department personnel get new turnout gear


City firefighters put their new turnout gear to use within days of receiving when they responded to a car fire Sunday, Nov. 9.

“Our men and women are all outfitted with the gear, which includes, hood, suspenders, jacket and pants,” said Chief Rodney Turpel. “The new gear, has been improved to increase safety for firefighters in South Florida’s hot climate reducing heat stress”

The gear is the first line of defense against heat related injuries. Moisture trapped inside the old gear was a source of firefighter burns and heat related injuries. The new gear is equipped with a special moisture wicking barrier, which transports the sweat away from the body where it can be properly evaporated through the barrier, helping prevent an accumulation of heat.

North Lauderdale Spearheads 12-LEAD Electrocardiogram Refresher

12-LEAD Electrocardiogram Refresher

North Lauderdale Fire Department Battalion Chief, Bill McGrath, teaches a refresher course to paramedics from Coral Springs, Margate and Tamarac about the 12-Lead Electrocardiogram Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The device measures the hearts electric activity, and allows paramedics to transmit the information uninterrupted to hospitals prior to arrival, dramatically increasing a patient's survival.  Approximately 150 paramedics, from the four cities, will receive the training. 

Impressive showing by North Lauderdale Fire Rescue team

 EMS Competition Pic 1   EMS Competition Pic 2 

North Lauderdale's own, Javier Rodriguez, Ivonne Garcia and team captain Jillian Kinney took home a seventh place finish, out of 16 teams, during the EMS Competition held during the First There First Care Conference Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. Each team was given the same EMS scenario (“the call”) and must triage assess, begin treatment and make transport decisions within a10 minute window. The event had four patients, some critical, some moderate and minor, some “distracters” (non injured but either helpful or non helpful to each scenario). Each team is evaluated by a panel consisting of a lead judge and a scoring judge. The three-team members have been practicing for competition together for about four months and plans to continue to compete at events throughout the state.



The field of EMS is constantly evolving. The level of knowledge and skill continue to show no limits in the ability to provide the best pre-hospital care to the residents in which we serve. North Lauderdale will be the first in Broward County to carry the Butterfly IQ portable Ultrasound machine on the ALS Ambulances. This new device can assist the paramedics to recognize bleeding from trauma in the abdomen, chest or lungs, assist in care of cardiac arrest, recognize venous access and much more. The machine works with the departments smart phones and can store the images as part of the patient record and even send directly to the physician while en route to the hospital. What we have previously envisioned as a patient ultrasound machine has been replaced with a probe, a cord and the department’s smart phone.  We look forward to continuing on the front lines of patient care and improving our services to the citizens of North Lauderdale.