National Safety Council Honors MedStar with ‘Exemplary’ Traffic Safety Award

National Safety Council Honors MedStar with ‘Exemplary’ Traffic Safety Award
Demonstrated commitment to keeping employees safer on Texas roadways

 

Fort Worth, TX – The National Safety Council is recognizing MedStar for its proven commitment to traffic safety.


MedStar is one of four organizations receiving the prestigious Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards, presented in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation.


This is our second year to receive a traffic safety award through the “Our Driving Concern” program with the National Safety Council and the Texas Department of Transportation, and the first time we have been recognized with their ‘Exemplary’ distinction. It’s a wonderful recognition of all the efforts MedStar’s team members undertake to help assure our team members and the public are safe while we respond to over 140,000 ambulance calls in our community” explains Shaun Curtis, MedStar’s Safety Manager.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are an average of 4,500 ambulance crashes annually in the U.S.[1]


MedStar units experience 0.25 crashes per 100,000 miles driven, an exceptionally low rate of ambulance crashes given the 2.4 million miles MedStar units log annually!

  

MedStar’s ambulance operators are certified as Certified Emergency Vehicle Operator (CEVO) and undergo continuous ambulance operations training and monitoring through the use of Lytx Drivecam units installed in all response vehicles.

  

MedStar will be recognized at the National Safety Council Texas Safety Conference & Expo March 5-7 in Fort Worth.


About the National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

  

About the Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program

The Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program is a landmark driving initiative of the National Safety Council funded, in part, by the Texas Department of Transportation. This initiative supports a statewide network of employer involvement in crash prevention for the benefit of employees, both on and off the job. Our Driving Concern provides a variety of free resources, training opportunities and educational materials to help employers engage their employees in safe driving behaviors. Have a question or a request for your organization? Please contact Lisa Robinson, CFLE, Our Driving Concern program manager, (512) 466-7383.

 

About MedStar

Responding to over 140,000 calls each year, MedStar Mobile Healthcare is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider to over 936,000 residents throughout Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities including Haltom City, Burleson, Saginaw, White Settlement, Forest Hill, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, Blue Mound, Edgecliff Village, Haslet, Lakeside and Westover Hills. Established in 1986, MedStar is governed by the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority board of directors, is one of only 132 ambulance services in the country to receive national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. MedStar was named the 2013 Paid EMS Provider of the Year by the National Association of EMTs and EMS World Magazine and is a three time awardee of EMS10 Innovator Awards by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS).


[1] https://www.ems.gov/pdf/GroundAmbulanceCrashesPresentation.pdf