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Springfield AMR paramedics compete in national competition

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After placing second in the East Region American Medical Response competition, two Springfield paramedics moved on to compete at the national level in Denver over the weekend. There, the team put their skills to the test simulating real life scenarios. 

Nick Chirekos and Roy Rudolph work together as a team everyday, responding to emergency medical situations in the Springfield area. Once they decided to participate in the regional competition, they were excited to show off their skills. But, once they advanced to the national competition, things were certainly taken to the next level. 

The paramedics responded to a simulated burn victim call from a bar. The room was set up just like the real thing, including rowdy customers. 

"In terms of scenarios and safety it was definitely something to be aware of, something that happens," said Chirekos. 

Actors attempted to distract the teams while they attended to a robot victim, which was being operated from a tablet. The condition of the victim could change at any moment. 

"It was much more involved, there was a ton of detail and it was super awesome to see how interesting it really got," said Chirekos. 

Springfield AMR operations manager Patrick Leonardo said having these guys compete lets them learn techniques used by paramedics from across the United States. 

"They make you really think out of the box so you can do the best possible for your patient for better outcomes, " said Leonardo. 

The six teams were tested on their medical call response time, trauma calls and even driving skills. 

Another robot patient was evaluated for an allergic reaction. All the skills these paramedics are taught are put to the test in one day. From putting the patient on the stretcher to delivering them to the emergency room. 

Roy Rudolph said the best part of the competition was being able to meet paramedics from other states as well as executives they wouldn't otherwise get the chance to meet.

"We got to meet everyone from all over the country, top CEOs, it was outstanding, it was amazing," said Rudolph. 


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