I would like to thank you for visiting our website and allowing us an opportunity to share with you a snapshot of the State of Florida EMS Provider of the Year 2015 Brevard County Fire Rescue's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system. Brevard County Fire Rescue's EMS system is the sole 911 ambulance provider in Brevard County. What makes this system one of the top providers in the state is: advanced medical equipment, progressive medical protocols, an unwavering focus to quality service delivery, and professional dedicated men and women who are committed to serving you if you should ever need us. Regardless if it's a medical or traumatic emergency, a man-made or natural disaster, rest assured that Brevard County Fire Rescue's EMS system is ready to serve our community. Below is a brief snapshot of some of the operational components that are key in making our EMS system one that you can be proud of and always know that our priority is to exceed EMS service delivery expectations.
- Orlando J. Dominguez, Jr.
Assistant Chief of EMS Operations
Brevard County Fire Rescue has been selected EMS Provider of the Year (2015) by the State of Florida Division of EMS. The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Provider of the Year Award recognizes EMS organizations for outstanding commitment to EMS service delivery. The prestigious award honors a licensed EMS provider that:
- Participates in the Florida Pre-hospital EMS Tracking and Reporting System (EMSTARS)
- Currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
- Has assumed a leadership role in the Florida EMS system and community;
- Has demonstrated outstanding initiative in the area of public education and/or training; and
- Has demonstrated excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control protocol development/implementation.
"This is statewide recognition of the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our EMS Division and of our commitment to the welfare, well being and safety of our community," Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer said.
Dr. John McPherson serves as the current Medical Director for Brevard County Fire Rescue. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. McPherson completed his training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida-Jacksonville where he continued to work with EM residents as an assistant professor supervising emergency medicine and aero-medical training. He has been an active participant in the training of EMS providers and a promotion of the profession since the 1980's.
EMS Total Quality Management
EMS Total Quality Management system is an integral part of all aspects of patient care. In addition, the division uses the Lean Six Sigma methodology as part of its total quality management system and continuous improvement initiatives.
These areas include documentation, Advanced and Basic life support skills, patient assessment and compliance to standing orders. This division ensures that EMS delivery provided by the department meets approved State and local mandated standards, keeps abreast of changes and advances in the medical community, and continues to provide quality service and promote medical advancements as they occur within Fire EMS.
Mobile Integrated Healthcare
The goal of the Brevard County Fire Rescue department is to ensure that our citizens and guests receive the best emergency care possible during an emergency. It is important to ensure that the appropriate resources are dispatched to those in need of assistance. There are some instances when emergency services are not needed; nevertheless, the caller may require some non-medical assistance. The Community Health Resource Program was created to meet those demands as part of a mobile integrated healthcare system. The goal is to provide the necessary resources to those individuals who don't have an emergent medical need yet may need assistance in obtaining shelter, meals, prescription medications, and other non-medical needs.
Community Outreach & Education
Push for Life, Stop the Bleed
Since January 2017, Brevard County Fire Rescue's Office of EMS has been hosting an hour-long class for all county employees every other month on Hands-Only CPR and hemorrhage control as part of their "Push for Life, Stop the Bleed" initiative. Hands only CPR is a quick and effective way to help maximize survival of a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. The class demonstrates the benefits and techniques associated with Hands-Only CPR along with several methods of how to control hemorrhage in the work place. The class has been streamlined by EMS Community Health Resource Coordinator, Tiffany Chetta, who hopes to expand the program into the community in the future. For more information, please contact the Office of EMS.
Link to Medical Coverage Request Form
Vial of Life Program
The Office of EMS is proud to participate in the "Vial of Life" program. When 911 is called, time is crucial. Having vital medical information such as medications, medical history, allergies, and emergency contact information readily available for responders is extremely important. In many instances, patients are unable to speak or are unable to recall information that is critical to rendering appropriate care. A "Vial of Life" speaks for them.
Participation is free. Simply contact the Office of EMS at 321-633-2056 and request a vial which contains a medical information form and a "Vial of Life" sticker. Once the form has been completely filled out, it should be placed in the container and kept on the top shelf of the refrigerator door. Place the sticker on an exterior window near an entry point to alert personnel that there is a vial with a medical reference sheet provided.
Finally, remember to keep the form up-to-date. Any change in medical information including medication dosage/frequency, insurance information, or physician information should be kept current.
Notice of Privacy Practices
Brevard County Fire Rescue is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI.