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EMS faculty and staff measure up in competition

The Emergency Medical Services programs at Palm Beach State College put students through their paces in preparation for careers as emergency medical technicians and paramedics. In a recent role reversal, EMS faculty and staff members put themselves to the test by competing in a statewide advanced life support competition. They came out as winners.

After placing third in the Temple Terrace State EMS Challenge, PBSC faculty and staff pose with their award. From left: Captain Carl Sullivan, Temple Terrace Fire Rescue; Evan Gaub, PBSC occupational skills evaluator; Jo Ann Shapins, PBSC assistant professor; Glenn Jordan, PBSC adjunct instructor; and Keith Chapman, Chief of Temple Terrace Fire Rescue.

Palm Beach State EMS faculty Glenn Jordan and Jo Ann Shapins and occupational skills evaluator Evan Gaub competed in the Temple Terrace State EMS Challenge Oct. 26-27 and finished in third place overall with 1,000 points. Boca Raton Fire Rescue finished second with 1,004 points, and Miramar Fire Rescue won first place with 1,010 points. The professional teams competed in six difficult lifesaving scenarios staged throughout Tampa and Busch Gardens over the two days.

“We compete with student teams most of the year, but the students are not competition-ready by October, so we decided to enter an instructor/staff team,” said Joseph “Pete” McGrane, an occupational skills evaluator for PBSC’s Paramedic program who also coordinates the College’s Panther EMS Challenge held in the spring. “We’ve all heard the expression ‘Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.’ Well, those who teach in the EMT and Paramedic programs at Palm Beach State can do both.”

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