Emergency medical dispatcher Deanna Martin has earned the respect of both her peers and supervisors with her skilled handling of medical calls and, as lead dispatcher for the Eastside Regional Communications Center for 13 years, is a valuable resource whenever help is needed there. She proactively works to improve the service the Center provides.
Melissa Vieth, one of Martin's colleagues at the Comm Center in Bellevue City Hall, successfully directed a couple by phone to provide CPR to a man suffering a heart attack on Dec. 3. Her calm, clear and focused delivery of the emergency instructions was extremely effective in helping the caller and her husband provide proper care to the patient until paramedics could arrive.
Martin and Vieth Thursday received Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year awards from Public Health - Seattle & King County and its Emergency Medical Services Division. The women accepted their awards at an afternoon ceremony next to the Comm Center. Martin was recognized for sustained exemplary performance; Vieth, a call receiver and trainer, for exemplary handling of an emergency medical services incident.
Eastside Communications provides police, fire and medical dispatching in the east and north regions of King County, managing approximately 42,000 emergency calls for medical assistance in 2006.
King County Emergency Medical Services operates in a coordinated partnership with four dispatch centers, six paramedic providers and 35 fire departments. Funded through a countywide EMS/Medic One Levy, King County EMS utilizes a layered-response system providing a continuum of care for people in need of emergency medical services.These awards, given during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 9-13), recognize the outstanding service that makes King County’s emergency medical services system among the world’s best at saving lives.
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