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Preparations Begin for 6th Annual N.J. EMS Cadet Competition



Preparations are underway for the 6th Annual Keyport First Aid Cadet Competition to be held June 8, 2019 at Keyport High School, according to Keyport First Aid Chief Ken Krohe, who heads up the event.


The event will feature upwards of 160 young future EMS providers in a series of skills competitions to test their basic and advance emergency medical service capabilities. Competitors will participate in skill events such as taking a patient’s vital signs, handling cardiac arrests, CPR, splinting, patient assessment and removing patients from motor vehicle wrecks.


“Every year the competition grows, the number of participants increases and their skill levels get better and better,” says Krohe, who leads a team of area adult first responders in producing the Cadet Competition.


Teams are expected to arrive on the evening of June 7, where they’ll take part in an educational session and then spent the night on site. Some will experience what it is like to live in emergency tent housing supplied by the New Jersey EMS Task Force.


The actual competition, set for June 8, is designed to present competitors with realistic scenario simulations which test their abilities and develop teamwork techniques, while also creating real-time learning situations.


In addition to taking part in the skills tests, competitors will be able to explore assets and experience equipment from the New Jersey EMS Task Force, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC).


Previous events have included teams from throughout the tri-state region. For example, the 2018 event drew more than 150 competitors representing 37 teams. The competition is open to youth members of emergency services organizations sponsored by Keyport First Aid and the EMS Council of New Jersey.


Registration for teams is open and will continue into the spring. To learn more about how to register to compete, or how to become a sponsor of the event, please call 732-673-4795 or email


“We want the cadets to have fun, learn a little, and, perhaps more important, get to know who their fellow members are at nearby squads,” Krohe says. “They are the future of this field throughout the tri-state. It’s conceivable that one day in the future they’ll find themselves side-by-side at a real emergency and the time they spent together at the competition will serve them well in those situations.”


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