On Saturday, June 11, the South Orange Rescue Squad took part in the 5th Annual Bayshore EMS Cadet Competition in Keyport, New Jersey at the Keyport First Aid Squad.
This event brought Emergency Medical Services cadet teams from New York and New Jersey together for a two day event that combines EMS skill competitions, educational experiences, training, and socializing with like-minded peers.
Competing against 35 other cadet teams, the South Orange Rescue Squad team won both first place in the “Advanced Team” category as well as the “Grand Champion” award for highest all-around score. This is the first time the Rescue Squad entered the competition.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect.” said team member EMT Cole Fitzsimmons. “We train a lot at South Orange so I felt that we were ready for it.”
Cadet teams could enter the “Basic” level competition or the “Advanced” level. Basic teams consisted of CPR or first aid trained cadets and were evaluated in stations consisting of Vital Sign, CPR, and bleeding control. The “Advanced” teams had to have at least two Emergency Medical Technicians and their three stations consisted of a simulated fall down to flights of stairs with two broken legs, a Heart Attack/Cardiac Arrest simulation, and a serious car accident where two critical patients were entrapped in the vehicle.
“I’m so incredibly proud of these cadets and their advisors,” said Scott Egelberg, Captain of the South Orange Rescue Squad. “They trained hard and they demonstrated why our cadet program and our squad as a whole practices progressive and outstanding emergency medical care.”
In addition to Fitzsimmons, the team consisted of Victor Rothstein, Lea Bachenheimer and Katrina Guterman. The team was trained and advised by Barry Bachenheimer, Troy Balog, and Kristen Ryan.