DOBSON — Five instructors from Surry Community College’s Emergency Medical Program will compete in the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services 26th annual Paramedic Competition state championship on Sunday at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
Thirty-nine teams from EMS agencies across the state, each consisting of two paramedics, competed in preliminary competitions at five regional sites; every EMS agency had the opportunity to enter a team at each regional competition site. The winning team at each regional competition advances to the state championship.
Kenneth Vaught, Surry’s Emergency Medical Program coordinator, and Dale Harold, an adjunct instructor at SCC, won first place defeating six other teams at the Wake Technical Community College regional preliminary. Another adjunct instructor, Jose Butron, took first place in the regional qualifier at Fayetteville Technical Community College alongside competition partner Josh Lecrone. Vaught, Harold and Butron will go on to compete in the 26th Annual Paramedic Competition finals.
Barry McMillian and Roger Horton, the returning champions from the 2015 state competition, also will compete; both McMillian and Horton are adjunct instructors for Surry as well.
In addition to having several Surry instructors present in the competition finals, SCC also served as a regional host site with one of the preliminary contests taking place at the Center for Public Safety in Mount Airy.
Surry Community College offers certificate programs for those wishing to become credentialed as EMS providers in North Carolina including Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic training with a variety of courses offered throughout the year. For a complete list of Emergency Medical Program offerings visit www.surry.edu or contact Vickie Ramey, director of EMS Programs, at 336-386-3330 or [email protected] Follow the program on Facebook @surryems.