Inaugural EMS "Simulation Wars" Helps Paramedics Train for Competition

Published: January 18.2024

JCC and JCES teams compete in real-world scenarios to hone their paramedic skills

EMS Sim Wars competitor

Earlier this month, six paramedic teams from Johnston County Emergency Services (JCES) gathered at Johnston Community College’s Public Safety Complex to compete in the JCC EMS Education and Training Team’s inaugural SIM Wars competition.

New EMS Department Chair Mark Holloman proposed the competition for JCC and JCES, following his extensive training in Healthcare Simulations.

With the assistance of paramedic competitors, evaluators, and simulation experts from Wake, Edgecombe, and Harnett Counties, the JCC EMS Faculty put together a real-world scenario for this preliminary event.

The simulated event began as a dispatch call to a child in respiratory distress at a birthday party, which unfolded into a motor vehicle accident with a trauma victim, and a cardiac arrest.

The two members of each team had to work efficiently together to assess and treat all three patients in an organized and proficient manner.

The top three scoring teams return on February 9, 2024 for a final round of SIM Wars.

The top scoring team from the final round will have the opportunity to represent JCES at the NC Office of EMS (NCOEMS) preliminary paramedic competition on March 15, 2024.

If a team wins at the state level preliminary site, they are invited to return in May to the NC EMS Expo in Greensboro where paramedic teams from across the state compete for the title of state champion.

The SIM Wars event at JCC provided a unique training experience and is an exciting way to polish their paramedic skills.

“We are proud of every team that competed as well as the EMS Educators from our department and partnering agencies who participated in this event,” said EMS Department Chair Mark Holloman.

“This is the future of EMS and EMS education,” he added.

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