Sarasota County Fire Department (SCFD) again earned the American Heart Association's "Mission: Lifeline" EMS Gold Plus award, an achievement that demonstrates the continued implementation of quality improvement measures for treating severe heart attack patients. SCFD first received recognition from the Mission: Lifeline program in 2013, and has earned the Gold Plus standard since 2016, when the designation was created. This year, SCFD is one of 18 agencies in the state of Florida to receive the Gold Plus recognition.
In 2019, 4 percent of nearly 60,000 emergency calls for SCFD Emergency Medical Service (EMS) response were cardiac-related. SCFD continuously exceeds the benchmark for recognizing a heart attack and notifying the hospital in less than 10 minutes for expedited care upon arrival to area hospitals.