U.S. Senator Susan Collins welcomed Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi to Washington on Wednesday as he received a distinguished national award for excellence in emergency medical services on behalf of the men and women of the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department. This is the first time any fire department from Maine has received this national award.

Senator Susan Collin's Office
Senator Susan Collin's Office

The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s/Masimo Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award recognizes best practices in emergency medical services by fire departments throughout the United States. In order to be eligible for the award, the fire department must have implemented a unique practice that enhances the delivery of EMS services in their community, and increases firefighter safety.

“This well-deserved award for excellence in emergency medical services is a tremendous accomplishment for Chief Susi, the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department, and the state of Maine. Chief Susi’s selfless service, extensive outreach, and collaborative efforts on behalf of Caribou, Maine has made my hometown a safer place to live and visit,” Sen. Collins said.

The Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department’s service coverage area includes 348 square miles, 9 towns and a population of nearly 14,000 people, many in remote areas.

Senator Collins, who is from Caribou, is a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Fire Services Caucus, one of the largest caucuses in Congress. In 2013, Sen. Collins received the “Legislator of the Year Award” from the Congressional Fire Services Institute.

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