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They came to the rescue

Blue Ridge students take first place in division at EMS and firefighter competition in W.Va.

Blue Ridge students take first place in division at EMS and firefighter competition in W.Va.

October 15, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Students from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College recently competed in the 32nd annual West Virginia EMS and Firefighter Competition in Logan, W.Va.

The team of Brandon Truman, Danielle Smith and Sam Miller participated in the Advanced Life Support Division, responding to real-life scenarios, during which they assessed the patients, implemented the proper medical care, communicated with medical command and handled any "surprise" situations.

Nine teams competed in the competition and, for the second consecutive year, the Blue Ridge team walked away with first-place honors in the Intercollegiate Division.

"Quick thinking and a high competence in the fundamentals are what made these students successful in the competition," said Dr. George Perry, EMS coordinator of Blue Ridge's Emergency Medical and Allied Health Division. "We are incredibly proud of Brandon, Danielle and Sam for their hard work and teamwork. They have reinforced that our training program is making a positive impact."

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Blue Ridge Community and Technical College offers nearly 50 associate degree and certificate programs, including emergency medical services, fire safety and nursing. Blue Ridge is at 400 W. Stephen St. in downtown Martinsburg. For more information, call 1-304-260-4380 or www.BlueRidgeCTC.edu.

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