The City of Richardson has been designated a “HEART Safe Community” by the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC). A NCTTRAC representative was on hand to officially present the award at Monday’s City Council work session. The designation represents achievement across the community in six areas:
- Access to emergency care
- Emergency medical dispatch
- AED access and first response
- Advanced life support
- Community awareness, education and activities
- Data collection and review
Several entities worked together on Richardson’s application process, including the Richardson Fire and Police departments, Methodist Richardson Medical Center and the UT Dallas Emergency Medical Response Team.
The HEART Safe Community Program is a nationwide program begun in 2002, designed to reduce the devastating effects of heart disease and improve outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.