A man paces frantically outside a Brooklyn university while paramedics attempt to resuscitate his wife, who is in cardiac arrest. Nearby, other FDNY EMS members in protective gear are investigating a toxic substance emitting a poisonous plume of fumes into the air.
Fortunately, the potentially fatal scenario is not real, but a mock exercise in the 9th Annual EMT Competition at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn where 27 rescue workers were called on to perform 30−minute drills to evaluate their acumen for a job where ofttimes seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
Teams were scored on a range of skills and tasks, including ventilating a patient, handling faulty equipment, reading an electrocardiogram and determining if a patient requires immediate hospital care.
Brooklyn rescue workers ably demonstrated their aptitude in administering Advanced Life Support with Lt. Michelle Robbins and paramedics Juan Cortes and Sean McGrath of FDNY EMS Station 58 in Coney Island clinching top honors in the category, and paramedics Jane Corella, Matt Jachyra and Stuart Weinstein of Station 43 in Coney Island coming in third.
Station 43 EMTs Chad Ritorto, Christopher Russo and Robert Strafer were awarded third place for their Basic Life Support skills.
Participants were presented with equipment and tools, and winners received cash prizes donated by the FDNY Foundation.