Farmington Chamber recognizes EMS coordinator

April 14, 2017 by  

Last month, James Etzin, the Farmington Hills Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, received the 2017 Community Innovation and Leadership Award from the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Ken Massey, the mayor of Farmington Hills, nominated Etzin for the honor. Etzin was named specifically for his efforts in increasing the number of people who survive cardiac arrest in Farmington Hills.

Etzin has developed initiatives that save lives, including what are called ‘High-Performance Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’ tactics, in which emergency responders use the measures usually used by pit crews to work with patients who are critically ill.

He has also coordinated medical drills and CPR classes in Farmington Hills, helped rework dispatchers’ procedures, recommended medical equipment, and provided most of the medical training for members of the department.

Perhaps the most noteworthy program is his ‘Goal Line Stand’, which he implemented in 2015. The title refers to a patient in cardiac arrest who is in danger of dying, but hospital personnel and first responders work together to stop that happening. When a patient who survived cardiac arrest leaves the hospital, each person who helped save that life receives a commemorative coin Etzin designed. To date, more than 200 coins have been distributed, marking 24 successful resuscitations.

Efforts like this can benefit if officials work with a flyer printing company to create an informational mailer for residents, explaining procedures.