Nebraska–the Czech Republic of the Great Plains–was the scene of another victorious near-sweep by Flagler County’s firefighters and paramedics, who seem to have left most competitors in the prairie’s dust. The teams are returning to Flagler today.
Flagler’s paramedics took first, third and fourth place in the Advanced Life Support competition at the 5th Annual Creighton University EMS Competition Nov. 18-19, and another team took second place in the Basic Life Support Category. A total of 21 teams competed, 11 of them in the ALS category. Flagler sent three teams of three members each for the ALS competition, and one team for the BLS competition.
Winning has become an expectation for Flagler’s paramedics, who returned from a world competition in the Czech Republic in May champions for the second time in three years. The year before, they returned with second-place honors.
Last year in Omaha, Flagler’s EMS Team A took away second place in the Advanced Life Support competition (won by a Boca Raton team that has also won often in a competition hosted annually by Flagler), and no honors in the Basic Life Support category.
This year, all teams in the ALS competition had to compete in one scenario, a bar fight with seven patients. The teams had 11 minutes to assess and treat the patients at the scene. Some of the patients had head injuries or seizures associated with low-blood sugar, and one of the patients had overdosed on bath salts—the new, inexpensive way to get high.
“That’s how these competitions benefit the competitors because they’re faced with kind of ripped from the headlines incidents,” Brian Gilbert, a Flagler County firefighter who spoke of the competition in his capacity as a union spokesman, said.
All costs of the competition, including travel, were borne by the firefighters themselves, who took personal leaves or vacation time and swapped shifts to make the trip to Omaha, Neb.
First place – Flagler team A
Second place – local 3080
From Margate and Sunrise Florida
Third place – Flagler Team B
Forth place – Flagler C
Second place BLS – Flagler BLS