8 Emergency Teams do Battle at Santa Fe

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Photo by Doug Finger of The Gainesville Sun

Responding to a medical emergency involves teamwork — and those teams enjoy competition when they get a chance.

That chance came Tuesday at a scenario-based competition staged by the University of Florida’s ShandsCair.

“Fire rescue as a whole is very competitive. The best way to get fire rescue involved in anything is to make it competitive,” said Joe Pompa, a rescue attendant for Alachua County Fire Rescue. “This was a great experience. The focus was to do the most aggressive treatment immediately.”

The competition was held at the Santa Fe College Institute of Public Safety. The Temple Terrace Fire Department won, Gainesville Fire Rescue came in second and Union County Fire Rescue and Bradford County Fire Rescue tied for third.

Read the complete Gainesville Sun article by Cindy Swirko, Staff Writer.