Sussex County EMS strikes gold at JEMS Games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sussex County mined more gold with proper, professional response to mock casualty events in national competition in February.

The Sussex County Emergency Medical Services competition team won gold medals as winners at the JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) Games held Feb. 22-23 in Charlotte, N.C.

Sussex County’s paramedic squad of John Wright, Jason Hansen, Chas Tennerman, Bonnie O’Bier and Brandon Rogers competed against 26 other teams from across America during the two-day competition.

The Sussex County Emergency Medical Services competition team that last week won the gold medal at the JEMS Games in Charlotte, North Carolina was honored by Sussex County Council at the Feb. 27 meeting. Front row from left: councilman Samuel Wilson Jr., EMS team member paramedics John Wright, Jason Hansen, Chaz Tennerman, Bonnie O’Bier and councilman Rob Arlett; back row, EMS paramedic Brandon Rogers, councilman Irwin “I.G.” Burton III, Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, council president Michael Vincent and councilman George Cole.

“I am extremely proud of this team because I know how hard they have worked to represent Sussex County as the finest of their profession,” Sussex County EMS Director Robert Stuart said. “It is a tremendous honor and a testament to the dozens of talented, dedicated, award-winning professionals working every day to save lives here in Sussex County.”

Sussex County government and county council paid tribute to the team’s golden feat during the Feb. 27 council meeting.

“Sussex County’s paramedics have shown once again that they are among the best of the best and set a very high bar for their fellow first-responders,” said Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson. “We congratulate the team for its success at this year’s JEMS Games, and for delivering every day, whether in a competition or out on the streets, the highest quality care available.”

Sussex County stood in first place after the first day of competition, which included a general knowledge test, emergency maternity/trauma restoration from a motor vehicle crash and a mass casualty incident with 15 patients from the bombing of a government office.

In the final mock scenario, while the team was treating an overdosed patient in a nightclub, a gunman entered, shooting numerous patrons and a security dog, thus creating another mass casualty incident.

“The team performed at a high level and again demonstrated that they were more than up for the challenge by winning the gold medal,” said Mr. Lawson during the tribute ceremony.

Sussex County’s most recent win is the first for the agency since 2013, and seventh overall since 2005. Sussex EMS teams have also landed several silver and bronze medals in JEMS Games competition.

In international EMS competition in 2008, Sussex County’s team placed third at an event staged in the Dead Sea region of Israel.

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