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Team Dover participates in EMT Rodeo

A team of medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group rescue a simulated drowning victim from a pool Aug. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Four medics from Team Dover competed against 20 other Air Force medic teams in the 11th annual EMT Rodeo hosted by the 27th Special Operations Medical Group at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

A team of medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group rescue a simulated drowning victim from a pool Aug. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Four medics from Team Dover competed against 20 other Air Force medic teams in the 11th annual EMT Rodeo hosted by the 27th Special Operations Medical Group at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Senior Airman Joseph Serat, 436th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, pulls a training dummy out of the pool during a training session Aug. 8, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. A team of four from Dover AFB competed in the 11th annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo held August 7-10 at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Senior Airman Joseph Serat, 436th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician, pulls a training dummy out of the pool during a training session Aug. 8, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. A team of four from Dover AFB competed in the 11th annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo held August 7-10 at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group prepare to lift a litter supporting a training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. The competition was designed to test how EMT teams respond to real-world scenarios in both home station and deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group prepare to lift a litter supporting a training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. The competition was designed to test how EMT teams respond to real-world scenarios in both home station and deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Staff Sgt. Marissa Dotson, 436th Medical Group medical technician, assesses the airway, breathing and circulation of a simulated drowning victim Aug. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. During the rodeo, 21 Air Force EMT teams from around the world demonstrated their ability to provide medical care under various realistic emergency scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Staff Sgt. Marissa Dotson, 436th Medical Group medical technician, assesses the airway, breathing and circulation of a simulated drowning victim Aug. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. During the rodeo, 21 Air Force EMT teams from around the world demonstrated their ability to provide medical care under various realistic emergency scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

A team of medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group perform life saving measures on a training dummy Aug. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo in Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. A total of 21 Air Force EMT teams from around the world competed in the rodeo, held August 7-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

A team of medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group perform life saving measures on a training dummy Aug. 1, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo in Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. A total of 21 Air Force EMT teams from around the world competed in the rodeo, held August 7-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group prepare to lift a litter supporting a training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. A team of four Dover medics travelled to Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M., to compete in the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group prepare to lift a litter supporting a training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. A team of four Dover medics travelled to Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M., to compete in the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group run with a litter and training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. This was the first time a team from Dover AFB competed in the rodeo, held August 7-10, which has been open to all Air Force bases since 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group run with a litter and training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. This was the first time a team from Dover AFB competed in the rodeo, held August 7-10, which has been open to all Air Force bases since 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group run with a litter and training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. During the rodeo, held August 7-10, the medics competed in land- and water-based rescues, and participated in several life-saving classes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

Medics assigned to the 436th Medical Group run with a litter and training dummy July 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for the annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon AFB and Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. During the rodeo, held August 7-10, the medics competed in land- and water-based rescues, and participated in several life-saving classes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- A team of Dover medical technicians participated in the 11th annual Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo August 7-10 at Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Air Force Range, New Mexico.

Senior Airmen Dylan Strickland, Joseph Serat, Jeremy Melendez, and Airman 1st Class Jaclyn Hin, all medical technicians assigned to the 436th Medical Group, represented Team Dover at the rodeo. In total, 21 four-person teams from Air Force bases around the world competed in the rodeo, designed to test the skills and knowledge of the competitors under stressful conditions.

At Dover AFB, medical technicians fill various roles in multiple squadrons and flights. Their roles include pediatrics, family practice, flight medicine and ambulance response. When deployed, these Airmen can all perform lifesaving medical assistance in combat zones as well.

Since this was the first year Dover participated in the rodeo, the members prepared beforehand with vigorous physical training, a tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) course, water extraction training and refreshing their EMT skills.

“[The rodeo] was amazing, terrifying and stressful all at the same time,” said Strickland. “At one point we didn’t have a litter ... so we had to pick [a patient] up while treating him and run from gunfire.”
Explosions detonated around the compound and the sound of blanks being fired created a stressful and accurate training experience.

“Our medics have the ability to do so much more with their skills than what our patients see on a daily basis and this was the intent of our team going out to compete,” said Master Sgt. Chad Boley, 436th Medical Operations Squadron Superintendent.

The first day of the training consisted of 12 TCCC scenarios and the second day tested the teams’ basic EMT skills in a dozen different scenarios in both home station and deployed environments.

“The biggest takeaway would be figuring out how to eliminate tunnel vision under times of stress,” said Strickland. “You need to take a step back, get out of that stressful moment and do what you know and what you’ve been trained to do. Figuring out how to cope with stressful moments and using the knowledge we already have in those adrenaline-filled situations.”

Boley said Team Dover hopes to return to the rodeo again. It was highly useful training and the individuals who went this year brought back ideas and scenarios for Dover to implement.

“I couldn't be any prouder of Dover's EMT Rodeo team,” said Boley. “This event has reinvigorated my medics to want to learn and utilize their skills in a larger scope. They were able to experience some extreme medical scenarios that pushed them physically and mentally, but in the end they grew as individuals and as a team.”