Bristol Fire Department receives Flight for Life Scene Call of the Year Award

Bristol Fire and Rescue Chief Peter Parker presents flower to Christine Borggren.

Bristol Fire and Rescue Chief Peter Parker presents flowers to Christine Borggren.

Flight For Life-McHenry Base presented Bristol Fire and Rescue with its 20th Annual Scene Call of the Year Award at a ceremony Thursday evening  at the Bristol Municipal Building.

On hand were the patient, Christine Borggren and her family, along with the representatives of the fire department, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies, the dispatchers from Kenosha County Joint Services, and Flight For Life personnel who participated in her care.

Just before 8 p.m. on May 1, 2013, Christine Borggren was involved in a car vs. motorcycle crash at Highway 45 and Old Bristol Road. The motorcyclist, John A. Matson of Kenosha, died.

Borggren’s mini-van was extensively damaged in the crash and she was trapped in the car with a severe leg injury.

Personnel from Bristol FD, Flight for Life, the Sheriff’s Department and Joint Services Dispatch detailed the effort that went into freeing and saving Christine Borggren, and then transporting her to Froedert Hospital by helicopter for treatment.

Here, Bristol fire Chief  Peter Parker describes the extensive damage done to Borggren’s mini-van by the motorcycle — more than anyone would have thought:

Here the Flight for Life pilot describes how the Bristol FD reacted smoothly to a major change in where the helicopter was going to land, from on Highway 45 to the helipad at the Kenosha County Center:

Here, Tom Stemple speaks for Borggren, who was present but did not want to address the group, about the couple’s gratitude for the care Christine received:

This is Bristol’s third such award from Flight for Life in the last six years, Parker said.

“The Bristol Fire Department and village of Bristol are very proud to receive this award,” Parker said.

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, complex planning and accident scene management, integration of the helicopter into the call, and use of skills that went beyond the “call of duty” to treat the patient, Flight for Life spokesperson Tammy Chatman said.

Chatman also said this call was Bristol Fire and Rescue’s first time using the FFL Central Mobile App to request a helicopter. The phone app is designed to save time for a helicopter response. Parker did add that he also asked dispatch to contact FFL the old-fashioned way, just in case.

“The idea of that app is that it would speed up the process so they are getting it a little quicker to get that information because their dispatch center answers it in less than 30 seconds,” Parker said.

Everyone involved in the call from Bristol Fire and Rescue, Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, Kenosha County Joint Services Dispatch and Flight for Life with patient Christine Borggren in the center.

Everyone involved in the call from Bristol Fire and Rescue, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Kenosha County Joint Services Dispatch and Flight for Life with patient Christine Borggren in the center.

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