For the first time Canada was represented by two teams from opposite sides of the country, Team B.C. and Team Ontario, for the annual international paramedic competition.
Team B.C. was comprised of four team members: critical care paramedics Rico Ruffy, Adam Greene and Darrel Hunsbedt, and Richmond ambulance station unit chief Alex Mattes. The team was accompanied by their manager, former competitor and internationally-acclaimed judge Clarke McGuire.
“It was just an unbelievable experience and honour to represent BCEHS overseas and work with Clarke and the rest of the team,” said Alex Mattes. “This was my first time participating in this competition, and I cannot explain the pride I felt as I got a chance to stand on that podium and represent my country but also this practice that I have dedicated my life to.”
“With this great accomplishment, I’m proud to say I have taken teams to the Czech Republic seven times and have been on the podium five,” said team manager Clarke McGuire. “These representatives are left with both a true admiration for the people of the Czech & Slovak Republics as well as new-found friends and learnings of their profession from around the globe.”
The team completed and were judged on ten timed scenarios, including:
- Treating patients and managing the public during different scale mass casualty incidents (MCIs)
- Accidental overdose of a child
- Ambulance safety
- Patient assessment
- Obstacle driving course
- Joint MCI operation planning and execution with police
- Treatment of patients with visual impairments.
Congratulations to the team for representing Canada and their profession so well!