“EMS Week is a time to recognize how our EMS providers have risen to the challenge time and time again in response to the needs of our patients and our communities,” said North Shore Fire/Rescue Chief Robert Whitaker. In 2021, North Shore Fire/Rescue responded to just over 10,500 incidents, 75% of those were EMS related. All North Shore Fire/Rescue Firefighters are licensed as emergency medical technician-basic or emergency medical technician-paramedic in the State of Wisconsin.
Whether the incident is minor in nature, or life-threatening, North Shore Fire/Rescue EMS providers strive to provide excellent patient care. North Shore Fire/Rescue, in conjunction with Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services, has achieved American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission Lifeline Gold Recognition. Mission Lifeline Gold indicates the Department’s EMS providers have achieved aggregated annual compliance of greater than 75% on all four of Mission Lifeline’s EMS Measures which are based on the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines. The Department has consistently demonstrated outcomes well above the national average for cardiac arrest patients discharged from hospitals with good or moderate cerebral performance, sustained return of spontaneous circulation and for citizens who come to the aid of their neighbors and perform bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival, a collaborative effort of the AHA, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine. The Department is also proud to be one of only 300 fire/emergency medical service agencies worldwide to have been accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Center for Fire Accreditation International.
The amazing work of our EMS providers and support from the communities we serve allow us to ensure the residents and visitors of the seven communities served by North Shore Fire/Rescue always receive amazing patient care in their time of need.