Camp Pendleton hosts Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads competition

Teams from around the state compete in the 2013 Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Competition Sept. 27, 2013, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Squads were tested on vehicle extrication, advanced life support and other emergency scenarios. The competition coincided with the 79th Annual VAVRS Conference Sept. 25 – 28 in Virginia Beach. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Teams from around the state compete in the 2013 Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Competition Sept. 27, 2013, at Camp Pendleton, Va. Squads were tested on vehicle extrication, advanced life support and other emergency scenarios. The competition coincided with the 79th Annual VAVRS Conference Sept. 25 – 28 in Virginia Beach. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Volunteer rescue squads from around the commonwealth gathered at Camp Pendleton Sept. 25-28 for the 2013 Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Competition. The competition coincided with the 79th Annual VAVRS Conference in Virginia Beach and squads were tested on vehicle extrication, advanced life support and other emergency scenarios.

“The competition was excellent,” said 1st Sgt Matthew Webster of the Fort Pickett-based, Headquarters Company 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. Webster was there with other members of the Forest View Rescue Squad from the Richmond area.

Members of the Forest View Rescue Squad evaluate a patient during the advanced life support portion of the 2013 Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Competition Sept. 28 at Camp Pendleton. Volunteer rescue squads from around the commonwealth gathered for the competition Sept. 25-28 and squads were tested on vehicle extrication, advanced life support and other emergency scenarios. (Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Members of the Forest View Rescue Squad evaluate a patient during the advanced life support portion of the 2013 Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads Competition Sept. 28 at Camp Pendleton. Volunteer rescue squads from around the commonwealth gathered for the competition Sept. 25-28 and squads were tested on vehicle extrication, advanced life support and other emergency scenarios. (Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

“It’s a great opportunity to work as a team and compete against other squads in the state on a scenario no one has any input too,” he said. “It puts your skills to the test and it’s a valuable asset to the squad to bring out camaraderie in one another. It also instills confidence to all the members by challenging the unknown, while getting honest feedback on you and your groups’ abilities.”

Forest View finished second in the advanced life support competition behind the Washington County Lifesaving Crew from Abingdon. Stuarts Draft took home first place for basic life support in the senior competition while Waynesboro finished first in basic life support in the junior competition. Southside South Hill took first place in both the light rescue truck contest and the heavy rescue truck contest.

The VAVRS is dedicated to volunteer rescue squads and other agencies interested in providing the finest in rescue and pre-hospital care. Founded in Roanoke in 1935, it represents more than 18,000 members in 329 volunteer emergency medical services agencies, rescue squads, fire departments and specialty-related agencies.

Camp Pendleton has hosted the VAVRS competition for more than 25 years and having the competition at Camp Pendleton has been terrific, according to Webster.

“They allow so much latitude in training so that the squads can maximize their potential on the scenarios,” he said.

“It’s our honor to support these tremendous volunteer first responders who provide critical services to our communities across the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, Camp Pendleton commander. “We look forward to supporting the VAVRS competition again in 2014.”

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