National EMS Safety Council announces winner of first-ever Safety in EMS Award
Butler County EMS of Kansas became the first recipient of the award acknowledging agencies that work to create a culture of safety
By Laura French
CLINTON, Miss. — The National EMS Safety Council (NEMSSC) has announced the winner of its first annual National Safety in EMS Award.
Butler County EMS of El Dorado, Kansas has become the first recipient of the award, which was established to recognizes organizations that have significantly contributed to advancing EMS provider and patient safety, according to a NEMSSC news release. The award is sponsored by ambulance manufacturer REV Group Inc.
“Butler County EMS is humbled to receive this honorable award. This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our team, those who dedicate their service to prehospital patient care,” said Butler County EMS Chief Frank Williams. “We are fully committed to a culture of safety. We are blessed with a collaborative team of first responders, 911 communicators, EMS providers, County Commissioners, hospitals and medical directors who share in this focus on safety. Our team, our patients and our citizens deserve nothing less.”
NEMSSC highlighted several strategies implemented in Butler County, including the adoption of high-visibility clothing with fluorescent strips for crewmembers, enhanced exterior ambulance design for improved visibility and upgrades to ambulance equipment and restraints, an injury prevention program integrated into the agency’s daily routine and community safety programs such as car seat checks and fall prevention for seniors.
NEMSSC selected the winner based on achievement in advancing the Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety.
Butler County EMS will receive a $1,000 cash prize and free travel and registration for a representative to attend the EMS Today conference, where the award will be officially presented on March 4.