Stamford Emergency Medical Services has once again received accreditation from the Commission of the Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
The non-profit organization, located in North Stamford, is the only EMS provider in the state of Connecticut to receive the recognition and remains one of the few in the country to do so.
Accreditation is not a requirement, but the organization likes to be "ahead of the curve," according to executive director Patricia Squires. EMS also uses the process to "verify that we're actually complying with standards."
"We push ourselves to improve," she told Patch.
Squires added that Stamford EMS already "exceeds a lot of the standards of the CAAS" through employee training for instance.
"It's pretty easy to be on top of things," she said.
The organization, which is contracted and dispatched to provide medical services throughout Stamford along with pre-medical services in Darien, was first accredited in 2007 with the initial process beginning in 2006.
Deputy Chief of Operations Edward Podgorski compiled all application requirements necessary this year to receive accreditation in June, which was then sent to a CAAS off-site location for review.
On-site evaluators from Florida, Georgia, and Virginia then visited Stamford EMS in October to review standards. They examined various areas, including organization, inter-agency relations, management, financial management, and community relations and public affairs.
Stamford EMS received an initial perfect score pending approval at the board's December 13 meeting. The organization then received a phone call later in the week from CAAS confirming the approval with an official letter to follow.
Eighteen full-time and 12 part-time employees along with 35 support paramedics compile the staff. There are also 20 volunteers, and 30 full-time Emergency Medical Technicians along four ambulances and five paramedics.