Leland team wins paramedic competition
GREENSBORO — A Leland Fire/Rescue team from Brunswick County won recognition for a second consecutive year as the state’s top paramedics following a competition held as part of the Emergency Medicine Today Conference.
An EMS team from Rowan County — paramedics Aaron Thurston and Dan Medina — competed as champions of theirregion.
Brunswick County’s Chris Watford and Michael Herbert out-performed contenders from five regional championships in Sunday’s 23rd annual North Carolina Paramedic Competition held at the Joseph S. Koury Center. In addition to Rowan, teams from Cumberland, Davidson, Pender and Surry counties rounded out the competition co-sponsored by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the N.C. college of Emergency Physicians and participating community colleges.
The performance of each team was timed and graded before an audience of hundreds of peers.
The winners were announced Tuesday night at an awards banquet. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, addressing the more than 900 emergency responders and their guests during the dinner, praised the jobs they do and the roles they fill in providing pre-hospital care.
“You are all essential to making this critical component of our health care system work efficiently and effectively across our state,” Wos said. “As EMS workers and volunteers, you all know and value the importance of teamwork. We at DHHS understand and appreciate our role as part of that team and I assure you that we will continue to work as partners with you to support the vital role you play.”