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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Members of the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department brought home top honors in a state paramedic competition.

Paramedics Chris Watford and Michael Herbert won first place in the North Carolina Office of EMS Paramedic Competition at the NC Emergency Medicine Today conference in Greensboro. LVFRD has only been a paramedic level provider since December 2009. Chief John Grimes says the achievement represents why he is so proud of his staff.

“It was about being the best and representing what they know to be true,” Grimes said in a news release. “Leland Fire/Rescue is a great place to volunteer and work.”

Watford and Herbert have been paramedics for three and six years respectively. They competed against eight teams and won the regional competition in July at Cape Fear Community College. Sunday they competed against four other regional winners and last year’s Champions at the NC Emergency Medicine Today in Greensboro.

The competition is made up of 27 two-person paramedic teams tested in job knowledge, skill proficiency, and critical thinking. The scenario Sunday was based off of a child that had fallen from a fair ride and had a head injury and was unconscious. While treating the child a man who is high on bath salts rides through the fair scene (complete with a merry-go-round and bouncing house) on a moped and has to be taken into custody as he is attempting to interfere with the scene. He becomes extremely agitated and begins to fight with law enforcement and has to be treated by the team. The child then goes into seizures and the mother has an asthma attack and has to be treated as well.

Leland Fire/Rescue is the first fire-based EMS organization to have ever won the 22-year-old competition.

Watford and Herbert both graduated from CFCC and teach part time in the school’s EMS program.


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