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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Flagler County’s Paramedic Team Hosts Competition

Flagler County’s internationally acclaimed competition Paramedic Team, is hosting a competition of its own in Flagler County.

The competition is scheduled for the weekend of October 23 and 24 and is already creating some national interest. 17 teams from all over the U.S. shown an interest in competing in the event.

What the teams will face during the competition is not revealed, but each team will experience an action packed 24 hours; as paramedic competitions are based on the 24 hour shift that most units serve during a normal workday.

Flagler County formed a competition team in 2007 and they have competed some 35 times in the past three years.

In 2008 the team placed first in a national competition in Omaha, Nebraska. That win got the team an invitation to an International competition in Prague, Czech Republic in 2009. Flagler County competed against teams from several countries and the New York City Fire Department and walked away with first place.

The team returned to Prague this year, and placed second in the International Competition.

Team Captain, Firefighter Paramedic Dennis Kline says: 
Throughout our travels we have been exposed to newer and more efficient ways to accomplish our medical procedures that we do every day in Flagler County. We bring our experiences back with us and use it to train Flagler County Fire Rescue personnel as well as other departments in the county.

The teams will be judged on their ability to complete medical procedures, decision making, driving, and an overall knowledge of emergency medicine.

We are looking forward to bringing this competition to our county and promoting the best of what Flagler County has to offer,” Kline said.

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