Fligth for Life-Waukesha to Honor Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department and Kansasville Fire & Rescue with 24th Annual Scene Call of the Year Award

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Flight for Life-Waukesha will present the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department and the Kansasville Fire & Rescue Department with its 24th Annual Scene Call of the Year Award for 2017. The event will be held at Kansasville Fire & Rescue located at 23730 Durand Ave., Kansasville, Wisconsin, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our two departments, Racine County Communications Center, Racine County Sheriffs Department and Flight for Life personnel who participated on the call will be in attendance.

The incident occurred in December of 2017 with both departments responding to the scene.  The side-impact crash involved a car vs. pickup truck with four patients, two of which were critical, requiring extrication.  The first critical patient was transported by ground to Froedtert Hospital and FFL was utilized to transport the second.  A third patient ended up being taken by ground to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with the two parents who had arrived on scene after the two critical patients had been transported.  Not only was this a stressful scene, it also taxed the emotions of the personnel who were there.

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 the use of skills that went beyond the ‘call of duty’ to treat the patient.

The Union Grove-Yorkville Fire and Kansasville Fire & Rescue Departments’ 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 utilizes 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 by doing what is right for those we serve.