For the third time in three years, High Bridge Emergency Squad (HBES) cadets have brought home a trophy from the Bayshore EMS Cadet/Youth Competition in Keyport. This year, the seven local teens won second place in the event’s Basic EMS division.
Frankie Rae Nolf, Alex Acevedo, Bryana Cuevas, Myia Smith, Jeanne Roll, Erin Gora and Adrian VanNatta – all Voorhees High School students — were among more than 100 youth from nearly three dozen competing New Jersey and New York teams. The 88-year-old nonprofit EMS Council of New Jersey, which represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with nearly 300 rescue squads throughout the state, and the Keyport First Aid Squad sponsor the event each year.
During the 4th annual event, basic teams tested their skills at CPR, defibrillator use, hemorrhage control, splinting, bandaging and vital signs stations.
Advanced-team scenarios included a trauma victim, a cardiac arrest victim and a motor vehicle collision with entrapped patients. Teams were judged on patient assessment and proper equipment use — backboard, orthopedic/scoop, 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.
In between stations, cadets and advisors watched demonstrations and practiced skills on various medical simulators, including a video laryngoscope to intubate a mannequin, and a tourniquet device. The teens also observed the landing of a medical transport helicopter, got to look inside the machine and chatted with its crew.
“This event is always fun and educational,” said HBES Deputy Chief Melanie Ikenson. “It allows these bright, enthusiastic, young volunteers to practice their skills and learn new ones, demonstrate their talents and mingle with other EMS cadets from all over the state in a friendly competition.”
“Their hard work preparing for this contest paid off,” she said. “We are so proud of all of our cadets.”
Ikenson and JP Silliman were the squad’s cadet leaders this year.
The High Bridge Emergency Squad is always looking for adult and cadet volunteers. Visit www.hbes.org for more information.