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Harbor Fire Dept to Receive 24th Annual Scene Call of the Year Award


August 3, 2018

On Wednesday, August 1, Flight For Life-McHenry Base will present Winthrop Harbor Fire Department (WHFD) with its 24th Annual Scene Call of the Year Award (Combination department) for 2017. The event will be held at Winthrop Harbor Fire Department located at 830 Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois beginning at 6:30 p.m. The fire department, Winthrop Harbor Police Dispatch, Winthrop Harbor Police Department, Zion Fire and Rescue and Flight For Life (FFL) personnel who participated on the call will be in attendance.

The winning submission occurred in August of 2017 with WHFD responding to the scene of a pedestrian versus train. Upon arrival the patient was found underneath the Metra train. Initial rapid assessment and care was provided while the patient was still underneath the train car which can be very stressful to not only the patient but the department personnel. It was at this time that FFL was requested. Zion Fire and Rescue was called to provide landing zone set up and security due to limited personnel on scene. The patient was placed upon a backboard to facilitate movement to the ambulance for additional care and transport to the landing zone. It was in the controlled environment of the ambulance that the crew was able to determine that his injuries were extremely critical. Upon arrival to the landing zone the FFL crew did an assessment of the patient, provided additional advanced interventions and transported the patient to Advocate Condell Medical Center.

The award applications were evaluated by a panel of judges based on the guidelines developed by the American College of Surgeons for using air medical transport. The submissions were also examined for the following: scene safety, triage decisions, critical thinking, complex planning, and accident scene management, integration of the helicopter into the call, and use of skills that went beyond the "call of duty" to treat the patient.

The Winthrop Harbor Fire Department's call highlights the teamwork that exists among EMS, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, dispatchers, hospital and air medical services as they work together to provide the best possible patient outcome. It also illustrates the importance of critical thinking and decision-making, communication, use of mutual aid resources, joint training, scene safety and management and thinking outside the box. The quick thinking and professional actions of all involved kept the scene from becoming unmanageable.

" While we do not expect recognition or awards for the job we do every day to serve our community, it's a great tribute to the men and women of our organization as well as other local supporting agencies to be recognized for the response on this critical incident. We thank Flight For Life and their personnel for assisting on this difficult call as well as the team at Advocate Condell Medical Center for giving this patient a chance at survival and recovery" stated Winthrop Harbor Fire Chief Justin Stried.


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