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Monday May 30th, 2016

Posted at 5:00pm

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After months of intense practice and training and over 16 straight hours of competition, Essex-Windsor EMS Team Ontario, comprised of paramedics Chris Kirwan, Lance Hulver, Nick Montaleone and Slawomir Pulcer won gold at the prestigious annual international paramedic competition, the Rallye Rejviz.

The team from Essex-Windsor EMS beat out last year’s first place-finishers, Team West, another Canadian team from British Columbia, who placed second in this year’s contest.

The Rallye Rejviz paramedic competition challenges paramedics to strive for excellence in their profession and the care they provide to their patients. The competition is a celebration of the very best in Paramedicine as paramedics from around the world compete by responding to simulated emergencies, using training, skill and intuition in order to overcome incredible simulated ‘crises’ situations that often present unforeseeable challenges.

The Essex-Windsor EMS team performed emergency scenarios that ranged from one to twenty patients, scenarios that were both staged inside and outside, with some that had to be performed completely in the dark.

The staged scenarios involved simulated traumas, fatalities, overdoses and many other challenging settings. At times the team had equipment on hand, while in other scenarios, they had to improvise and use their training in order to garner the best outcome for patients.

“We are thrilled to have won gold and to have been participants in this amazing opportunity” said Team Captain, Kirwin. “This invaluable experience allowed us to compete internationally, learn from others in the field of Paramedicine and test our strengths”.

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