Winona force honored for EMS efforts

Winona Fire Chief George Brantingham accepts the award on behalf of the Winona department from Bill Webb of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. More photos, Page C1. (Salem News photo by Patti Schaeffer)

HANOVERTON — The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Masimo recognized the Winona Fire Department for excellence in fire service-based EMS in the first of two award ceremonies recently.

The award was presented during the fifth annual United Fire Services symposium held last weekend at United Local, sponsored by the Winona and Hanover Township departments.

The Winona Fire Department received its award for excellence in fire-based emergency medical services for their community. The award was presented for taking on the challenge of educating their members to become trained and certified first responders and basic-EMTs to provide faster response times for patients in their communities needing medical care.

There was as absence of basic lifesaving and advanced lifesaving (BLS/ALS) units in their coverage area resulting in delayed response times for an ambulance. The award also recognizes the Winona and Hanover Township departments for conducting an annual conference that provides members of their departments and surrounding jurisdictions with knowledge from prominent speakers, such as this year’s Chief Rick Laskey and vendors with the latest in fire equipment making the service a safer profession for all who serve.

This presentation was done on the local level to recognize everyone involved, including political leaders, contributing organizations and most importantly the men and women who respond to the emergency situations.

Chief George Brantingham, representing the Winona Fire Department, will again be presented the award at the 31st annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C. on April 25th along with 1,500 fire service leaders from across the country attending the event that recognizes individuals and organizations for their leadership in fire and life safety.

The award selection committee is comprised of representatives from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Fire Protection Association along with the Congressional Fire Services Institute and Masimo, makers of hospital automation and monitoring equipment.