A team of experienced paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) were recently crowned World Champions at the Emergency Services European Championship in Copenhagen.

Ricky Harrison from Derbyshire, Ross Ludford from Leicestershire, Rosie Sears from Northamptonshire and James Harness from Lincolnshire went head to head with ambulance crews from Denmark, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden at the medical competition in Copenhagen.

Not only did the EMAS team win the overall trophy to be named EMS2018 Champions, but they became double winners as they were also chosen as ‘audience favourites’. The only British team to make it into the final of EMS2018, they had to face the challenging scenario of an RTC between a car and a bicycle, involving five patients with serious injuries such as gunshot wounds.

Ricky Harrison explained that the four paramedics had only met twice in training before the competition, but added that they worked quickly and seamlessly to help the ‘patients’ who needed them. “Our hard work has paid off and we are so happy to have won; although it is still a bit of a shock. Dealing with emergency scenarios is what we do every day, it is our bread and butter, so we just pretended it was a real job and did the best we could for the people who were injured.”

EMAS was one of just two NHS Ambulance Trusts in the UK to qualify for one of the 12 spots at the European EMS2018 Championship, with the Scottish Ambulance Service taking the other place.

In the preliminary round, the EMAS team had to deal with two scenarios – a man who had been electrocuted and fallen from a ladder and a young child who had gone into cardiac arrest. Their excellent clinical skills secured them a place in the final against two other teams – both from Denmark.

The final involved the team dealing with a much more complex scenario – surrounded by an audience of 1,400 clinicians, under spotlights in the centre of an arena and being scrutinised by judges. Having won the overall competition, the team has been invited to attend next year’s conference and is guaranteed a place in the EMS2019 Championship.

The EMS Championship forms part of a three-day medical conference and all ambulance services in the world are eligible to enter the competition.


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For further information on the European EMS Congress visit https://emseurope.org/