The North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS recently held its 57th Annual Rescue Convention on the weekend of July26th through July 28th, 2013. This year’s convention was held in Greenville, N.C. at The Greenville Convention Center. Each year during the convention various competition events are held. Among those include Technical Rescue (Heavy Competition), the Craig Helms Memorial Rescue Challenge and Basic Life Support (First Aid) Competition. Teams from all across the state compete in the fun and fellowship in an effort to receive the “Top Gun” award. Each year Top Gun status is awarded to the first place teams in each of the events. As many times in the past, Alexander Rescue Squad entered and competed in the competition. After several weeks of practice the teams were able to show off their skills during the events.
In the Technical Rescue Competition (Heavy Rescue), the scenario was a tractor overturned on top of two patients involving a power pole as well as a transformer. The teams had to secure the scene and safely lift the tractor simultaneously off of both victims. The event was scored based on the team’s accuracy for completing various evolutions for stabilizing the tractor, properly placing jacks and air bags for the raise and simultaneously raising both ends at the same time. Points were also awarded for team and personal safety.
Congratulations for a job well done to Alexander Rescue Squad’s Technical Rescue Team. The 2013 “Top Gun” team members included Tiffany Getz – Co Captain, Zenda Townsend– Co-Captain, Roxann Byers, Emily Eckard, Andrea Adkins, and Neal Icenhour. Richard Smith served as the team’s training coach.
Other competitions included the Craig Helms Memorial Rescue Challenge, which netted Alexander Rescue another first place. The scenario was a utility worker suffering from a heart attack at the top of the utility pole. The teams had to safely lower the patient to the ground as well as support the patient medically. Rescue Challenge Team members Richard Smith and Tiffany Getz competed in this event and were awarded first place for their efforts.
The Basic Life Support Challenge saw one senior team (Neal Icenhour and Andrea Adkins) and one junior team (Jordan Byers and Mackenzie Townsend) in competition. Both teams placed second in the event. The scenario was a boat which had ran aground, striking a nest of bees and ejected one patient from the boat, leaving another in the boat having an allergic reaction to the bee stings. The patient who was ejected was unconscious on the ground with head trauma.
The entire event gave Alexander Rescue Squad members the opportunity to practice and perform various skills they could face at anytime while serving the citizens of Alexander County. Alexander Rescue is a non-profit volunteer rescue squad, providing rescue services and back up EMS to all of Alexander County.
Other Squad members receiving accolades at the convention were Squad Captain Terry Foxx who was reelected and installed as the Vice Commander of the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS and Tim Pennell who was presented the 2013 H. Elwood Inscoe Director of the Year Award.
Alexander Rescue Squad is a proud member of the United Way of Alexander County and if you are interested in becoming a member please join us at one of our regular meetings. The Squad meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:30 PM at our base located at 197 Emergency Street, Taylorsville. If you would like more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our base at 828-632-9410.
Sergeant Neal Icenhour
Public Relations Officer
Alexander Rescue Squad
Front Row Kneeling, (l-r), Jordan Byers, Mackenzie Townsend
Back Row Standing (l-r), Tiffany Getz – Co Captain, Zenda Townsend – Co Captain,
Neal Icenhour, Andrea Adkins, Roxann Byers, Emily Eckard and Richard Smith – Training Coach