NC DHHS Announces Winners of 25th Annual North Carolina Paramedic Competition

Raleigh, NC

The 25th Annual Paramedic Competition was held Sunday in Greensboro at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center during the Emergency Medicine Today Conference, a conference which brings together North Carolina paramedics, EMTs and county emergency services medical directors.

The Aircare team from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center gave the top performance at the competition, co-hosted by N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Emergency Medical Services, the N.C. College of Emergency Physicians and partnering community colleges.

It was the third championship for the team of Roger Horton and Barry McMillian, who also took top honors in 2009 and 2010 when they worked for Surry County EMS.

"All of the contenders are really winners. They are the best of the best and are on the cutting edge in emergency medical response," said Regina Godette-Crawford, chief of the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services. "We offer our special congratulations to this year's winners, the Wake Forest Aircare Team."

Competition consists of teams of paramedics from across the state who assess, treat and stabilize victims of the scenario in 14 minutes while their peers and conference attendees observe. Teams are judged on professionalism, communication, patient rapport, conduct, attitude, appearance and attire.

More than 40 teams representing 25 counties and 27 paramedic services competed in preliminary rounds held in July to establish regional champions. Six teams competed in the final round held during the conference.

Through the Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Department of Health and Human Services fosters emergency medical systems, trauma systems and credentialed EMS personnel to improve responses to emergencies and disasters.

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