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Fire Department Earns HEART Safe Community Designation

The North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) recently named The City of Coppell a HEART Safe Community via the Coppell Fire Department. It was one of 15 cities recognized through this new program in Texas aimed at acknowledging communities for their efforts to protect residents from the effects of heart disease and ultimately save lives.

"We were thrilled and honored to learn we were approved for this prestigious designation," Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson said. "Earning this recognition is indicative of the high level of service we continually strive to provide the community."

HEART Safe Community Program recipients are chosen through an in-depth application process and evaluated by the NCTTRAC Board of Directors on their efforts in six areas including:

  1. Access to emergency care
  2. Emergency medical dispatch
  3. Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) within the community
  4. Provision of pre-hospital Advanced Life Support (ALS)
  5. Community awareness, education and activities designed for the reduction of cardiac events
  6. Data collection and review

Communities earn points or "heartbeats" in each of these areas via the application's rubric. A city gains program recognition if it's final score meets or exceeds the required number of "heartbeats" based on a city's population.

As a leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease is often a major focus of communities' time, effort and dollars. The HEART Safe Community Program is a way for local entities such as hospitals, fire departments and emergency medical services to coordinate efforts and be more effective in their mission to reduce heart disease and improve the outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest. Cities that earn recognition through the program are eligible to display HEART Safe Community street signs throughout their communities. Program recognition lasts three years before reapplication is required.

For more information about NCTTRAC and the HEART Safe Community Program, please visit ncttrac.org.