N.J., N.Y. EMS Cadets Test Skills During Annual Challenge
Approximately 150 youth from 18 New Jersey and New York volunteer emergency medical organizations competed in the June 9 Bayshore EMS Cadet/Youth Competition here. The event was sponsored by the Keyport First Aid Squad and the EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ), which represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with more than 250 EMS agencies throughout the state.
The 5th annual event challenged cadet teams with basic and advanced skills in various patient-care situations.
Twenty-three basic teams tested their skills at CPR, defibrillator use, hemorrhage control, oxygen administration, splinting, bandaging and vital signs stations.
Advanced-team scenarios included a trauma victim, a cardiac victim and a motor vehicle collision with entrapped victims. Sixteen advanced teams were judged on patient assessment and proper equipment use—backboard, orthopedic/scoop, traction splint, cervical collar and accessories, oxygen, assisting with nitroglycerin administration, obtaining vital signs, CPR and airway management. The teams worked with local extrication groups during the car crash scenarios.
Winners of the basic-level competition:
1st – Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad, Team C (perfect score)
2nd – Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Devil Dogs Echo Team (New York)
3rd – Bravo Volunteer Ambulance, Team D (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn)
Winners of the advanced-level competition:
1st – Cranford First Aid Squad, Team A
2nd – Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad, Team B
3rd – Cranford First Aid Squad, Team B
The Totowa First Aid Squad “Critical Care Cadets” team comprising five girls ages 11 and 12 won the Walter McKinley Memorial Award for best overall team. During his more than 60 years in volunteer EMS, McKinley served as president of the New Jersey State First Aid Council/EMSCNJ in the late 1970s and as a chaplain for the organization for many years. He also served on the Hazlet First Aid & Rescue Squad for 58 years, and was a member of the Keyport First Aid Squad.
McKinley passed away in 2017. His daughter, Karen Serbe, presented the trophy Saturday to the Totowa youth team.
Other squads that competed:
- Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad
- Califon First Aid Squad
- Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps (New York)
- Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad
- Hazlet Township First Aid & Rescue Squad
- High Bridge Emergency Squad
- Keansburg EMS
- Keyport First Aid Squad
- Middletown First Aid & Rescue Squad
- Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad
- South Orange Rescue Squad
- Tinton Falls EMS North
The day’s activities also included tours of a mobile simulation lab and a sheriff’s department communications vehicle.