Sussex County paramedics medal at JEMS Games

From left, Sussex County EMS Deputy Director Jeff Cox, EMS parademic competition team members Jason Hansen and Bonnie O’Bier, Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent and team members Chaz Tennermann and Matt Troutman.

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County’s award-winning paramedic competition team continued its international mining operation with a silver-medal showing in the 2019 Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) Games.

The paramedic squad of Jason Hansen, Chas Tennerman, Bonnie O’Bier ad Matt Troutman placed second overall in the competition that featured 24 other teams from three countries.

The gold medalist in the 2018, Sussex County’s entry finished runner-up to the St. Petersburg, Florida fire department squad. The silver medalists were honored at Sussex County Council’s April 9 meeting.

“There are 30,000 EMS departments in the country, and to be able to stand up here and say that this county’s paramedics came in second in what would become an international paramedic competition says a lot,” said Sussex EMS Deputy Director Jeff Cox.

This year’s competition was held at National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington on Feb. 21.

The preliminary competition challenged teams to appropriately assess and provide quality, efficient patient care during three realistic, high-pressure scenarios. The three-team finals featured a mock boating accident with multiple patients.

“Sometimes our crews were handling three or four patients apiece,” said Mr. Cox.

Paramedics Hansen, Tennerman and O’Bier, along with John Wright and Brandon Rogers, were members of the 2018 gold-medal squad in JEMs Games competition in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Overall, Sussex County EMS competition teams in the JEMS Games have earned gold medals in 2005, 2011 sand 2018, silver medals in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2019 and a bronze medal in 2013.

Outside of the JEMS Games, Sussex County EMS also placed third at the Magen David Adom 2008 Olympics, an international EMS competition held in the Dead Sea region of Israel.

“I’m very, very proud. We are the most decorated team continued in the country. We have medaled eight times out of the 15 years at this national competition,” said Mr. Cox, adding this again demonstrates “the excellence of Sussex County EMS and what your (council’s) support helps these paramedics do for our citizens every day.”

“Thank you for all you do,” said Sussex County Council president Michael Vincent. “We appreciate everything you do.”

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