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GFD rookies graduate; department receives recognition 

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Six rookies graduated from the fire academy Thursday, May 19. The graduates, Randall Giard, Michael Connolly, Matthew Sizemore, Gabriel McCarthy, Matthew Eddington and Daniel Caldwell are currently attending EMT school.

Additionally, for the second year in a row, the Garland Fire Department received the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Recognition Award.  Once again, this was possible as a result of GFD paramedics’ great work in the field and the collaboration between Fire, Dispatch, and Baylor Scott White of Garland.

The criteria to achieve the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold award is based on meeting the achievement measures aggregated annually for two years with no single measure scoring below 75 percent.

The individual measures are as follows:

Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.

Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes. (STEMI is a full-blown heart attack caused by complete blockage of a heart artery.)

Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with Arrival (to Referring Center) to Fibrinolytic (clot buster) Therapy administration in <30 Minutes.

The mission of the GFD is to serve and protect the citizens and business community of Garland through fire prevention, emergency medical response and public education, as well as quick and effective response for fire suppression and disaster management. We respond immediately when any member of our community needs help with professional, effective and compassionate service.

GFD Notes: 

The GFD has various community service programs to assist the citizens of Garland.

Free smoke alarms are available to qualified residents. Call 972-781-7148 for information.

Obtain Career Day speakers, recruiters for job fairs, fire station tours, engine and ambulance visits by calling 972-781-7148.

The Citizens Fire Academy, a program that educates citizens about various facts of the Garland Fiore Department is offered by the department.