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Cannon's EMT Rodeo branded a success


USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne Y. De La Cruz From left, Tech. Sgt. Aramis Cedeno and Senior Airman Gilberto Maldonado, 27th SOAMS, provide rescue during the EMT Rodeo on Oct. 3. Staff Sgt. Ngu Do and Senior Airman Dena Levari, 27th SOMOS, are accessing the patient for any injuries.

The fall season offers football, falling leaves and beautiful scenery. Lesser known during this time of the year is the annual EMT Rodeo, hosted on Oct. 2 by the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, now in its third year here.

Since its inaugural in 2007, Cannon’s Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo has expanded from local Cannon teams to this year’s hosting of more bases, some of which were a part of U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

All told, five major commands were represented through seven different bases. Teams from Ramstein Air Base and Spangdahlem AB, Germany made the long hop across the pond and competed against bases from across the U.S.

Shaw AFB, S.C., Langley AFB, Va., Lackland AFB, Texas, and Kirtland AFB also competed throughout a long day of challenges, both mentally and physically demanding.

Events included basic life support skills scenario, a trauma scenario, and a medical scenario.

Getting teams to the competition, which consisted of various emergency medical technician-specific events such as extracting a patient downstairs, completing an obstacle course and an EMT trivia challenge, was no easy task in itself.

“I contacted the Air Force EMS coordinator,” said Master Sgt. Andrea Lee, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron. “Through him, all the MAJCOMs were informed.”

Lee, along with other “Mighty Medics” from Cannon, began preparing months in advance for this year’s rodeo.

“It’s a chance for other bases to get together and have a friendly competition with each other as well as hone their skills,” said Lee, adding that bragging rights also come with winning the competition.

Friendly bragging rights went to Lackland AFB’s Wilford Hall Medical Center, Texas, last year, though this year would prove different as first place honors were taken home by Kirtland, with Cannon’s family medicine team placing second.

“The Cannon folks have been very welcoming,” said Tech. Sgt. Charles Wortman, of Spangdahlem. “It’s been a great opportunity and we’re thankful for them having us, especially for them doing this on their own time (the event took place all day on a Saturday).”

Lee’s goal is to have the Air Force take charge of the event with the chance of future EMT Rodeos held at other bases. She also aspires to see something similar at the Department of Defense level where different services could compete against each other.

The annual event created a great opportunity to hone skills, network and continue professional education in a friendly, competitive environment and once fall hits next year, prepare to see even more teams from different bases come to Cannon’s 27th SOMDG for the fourth annual EMT Rodeo.


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