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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston Fire Department
News Release
Monday, April 04, 2011

Houston Fire Department Celebrates 40 Years of Providing Emergency Medical Services
to Citizens of Houston

WHAT: A special presentation and proclamation will be given at City Council to honor 40 years of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by the Houston Fire Department.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: City Hall City Council Chambers

DETAILS: The Houston Fire Department began providing Emergency Medical Services in the City of Houston, April 10, 1971, and the vision that city leaders had for Houston’s EMS has evolved in the past 40 years into a world renowned EMS system. 

The EMT's (Glen Morris and Otis Owens) and dispatcher (Bill Hausinger) from the first HFD EMS call for service, 40 years ago, will be present.  They responded from Station 19 to help deliver a baby girl.

A cardiac arrest survivor and her family will also be present to thank the people that helped her survive a cardiac arrest in February in Memorial Park.  Good samaritans stopped to render aid, called 9-1-1 and performed CPR with instructions from the 9-1-1 call takers; a Secret Service agent who took over CPR; an HPD officer who assisted with traffic control and the HFD crews all helped her regain a pulse and made it possible for her to celebrate her 22nd birthday in March.




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