Eighty young future Emergency Medical Service providers from two states turned out for the 3rd Annual Bayshore Cadet Competition held in Keyport on June 11, 2016.

Twenty teams of competitors from EMS organizations from New Jersey and New York participated in the day-long event, which was created by Keyport First Aid Chief Ken Krohe to foster interest in youth EMS programs, and ultimately the future of the emergency medical services field.

Krohe, with assistance from professional and volunteer providers managed the event, which featured attendees participating in a series of basic and advanced skills tests.

Planning for the competition began eight months earlier, said Krohe, and included lining up evaluators, who carefully judged the skill levels while also sharing their knowledge. Krohe and his team also coordinated getting a variety of equipment to Keyport High School, where the event played out, including the arrival of two medical helicopters.

Eight of the teams were in the advanced division, with 12 in the basic division. Seven of the teams were from New York, while 13 teams were from EMS organizations in New Jersey.

To keep the younger members interested, the skills competitions range from advanced to very basic, such as performing CPR or measuring a patient’s pulse. Various skills stations were set up inside Keyport High School, with teams rotating throughout the building. Outside, two cars were in place for teams to use extrication tools and to remove injured patients. Also outside, a special ambulance from the Monmouth Ocean Hospital Corporation (MONOC) served as a base for some advance skills.

A team from the East Brunswick took the grand prize and also captured first place in the advanced category. A team representing the Second District of the EMS Council of New Jersey earned second, while Keyport First Aid Team 1 took third in the advanced category. Bellmore-Merrick EMS from Bellmore (NY), earned first place in the basic division. Glen Oaks Volunteer First Aid Corps took second, and West Long Branch finished third.

Also participating in the event were teams from the High Bridge Emergency Squad; Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NY), Tinton Falls EMS North; Keansburg EMS; and the Bayshore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance in Bayshore (NY).

– Fire News photos by Richard Huff and Sylvie Murray