Cadets from the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad were among more than 100 young people from nearly three dozen New Jersey and New York teams competing in the June 10 Bayshore EMS Cadet/Youth Competition in Keyport.
One local trio — Jack Fetzer, Katelyn Moran and Caroline Herman — took first place in the “basic” class category.
The fourth annual event challenged cadets with advanced-team scenarios, including treatment of a trauma victim, a cardiac victim and a motor vehicle collision with entrapped victims. The annual competition is sponsored by the EMS Council of New Jersey, which represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with nearly 300 rescue squads throughout the state.
Teams were judged on patient assessment and proper equipment use — backboard, orthopedic/scoop, KED, 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.
Basic teams tested their skills at CPR, defibrillator use, hemorrhage control, splinting, bandaging and vital signs stations.
The Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad cadets who competed were:
Victoria Dennison, 18, of West Amwell Township (South Hunterdon Regional High School)
Zachary Rellstab, 18, of New Hope (New Hope Solebury High School)
Megan Eastman, 14, of Stockton (Delaware Township School)
Katelyn Moran, 17, of Stockton (Hunterdon Central Regional High School)
Caroline Herman, 15, of Stockton (Delaware Township School)
Jack Herman, 13, of Stockton (Delaware Township School)
Jack Fetzer, 14, of Delaware Township (Delaware Township School)
Youth Squad Director Patrick Eckard and Youth Squad Co-Director Margaretta Roy accompanied the teens.
Overall competition results for both skill levels:
1st – Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad
2nd — High Bridge Emergency Squad
3rd — Mahwah EMS
1st — South Orange Rescue Squad (also won the “Grand Champion” award for highest overall score)
2nd — Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NY)
3rd — Mahwah EMS
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