EMS Excellence

EMS symbolBy any number of measures, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is recognized throughout Maryland for its exceptional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. In addition to highly trained EMS providers, cutting edge equipment, integrated quality control, and highly engaged medical direction, our EMS system has more recently been recognized throughout the state (and, in some cases, throughout the country) as a progressive system that delivers EMS excellence.

CARES Symposium

In 2012, HCDFRS and the Resuscitation Academy offered the first Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Experience Symposium (CARES) conference on the East Coast.The CARES conference is a two-day workshop aimed at improving survival of sudden cardiac arrest.This marked the first time the highly respected Resuscitation Academy faculty took their expertise “on the road” – bringing their time-tested strategies to others who are interested in improving survivability in their communities.

Maryland Resuscitation Academy

Expanding upon our initial work with the Resuscitation Academy, HCDFRS began hosting the Maryland Resuscitation Academy in 2013 as a means of sharing our experience and encouraging other communities to adopt international best practices to improve survivability in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.Since 2013, HCDFRS has hosted the Maryland Resuscitation Academy at the PSTC a total of nine times.

Through our efforts to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivability, HCDFRS has been recognized by a number of different organizations, including:

  • International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Physio-Control – Heart Safe Community Award (2012)
  • Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) - Captain Dale Becker honored as EMS 10 Innovator (2012)
  • Congressional Fire Services Institute – EMS Award (2013)
  • Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) – Dr. Kevin Seaman honored as EMS 10 Innovator (2013)

Citizen CPR

Since the middle 1990s, HCDFRS has offered one of the region’s most expansive and comprehensive Citizen CPR programs.We remain committed to training all Howard County residents and employees how to respond in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).With the recent adoption by the American Heart Association (AHA) of Hands-Only CPR, HCDFRS has expanded our program to teach CPR throughout the county.

In partnership with the Howard County Public School System, Howard County General Hospital, the Howard County Public Library System, and Howard Community College, HCDFRS purchased 50 manikins for the school system and provided “tra