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Updated on September 4th, 2022

This event will consist of competitors being given a pre-determined medical or trauma scenario of a simulated emergency scene. The scenario will be designed to test the proper skills of scene assessment, safety, patient assessment, first aid application and CPR/AED demonstration. The performance will be evaluated according to the event guidelines. To encourage students to develop the skills necessary for responding to a medical emergency as a Firefighter First Responder as they would do in a real world practical application.


Dress Code

Competitors shall wear tactical/cargo/BDU style pants (no shorts) and a shirt (t-shirts are allowed for this event if they represent firefighting, first responder or the competitor's school club). Competitors shall wear solid black tennis shoes or boots.

Individuals Information

Team Limit
3
# Individuals per Chapter

Materials

Competitors are required to provide the following materials for the duration of the competitive event. Additionally, no additional materials may be used that are not in the material list.

  • Photo Identification qt. 1

    Reference https://tpsa.info/policies for more information

  • CPR/ First training certification card qt.
  • First Responder medical bag with appropriate industry supplies qt. 1
  • Gloves qt. 1
  • BVM qt. 1
  • Bandages and dressings qt. 1
  • Training Tourniquet qt. 1
  • Training or non functional portable radio qt. 1
  • Training epinephrine pen qt. 1

    (talking pens not allowed)

Policies

  • Competitors in this event must be active members of the Texas Public Safety Association and in good standing with the Texas Public Safety Association.
  • Competitors must be familiar with and adhere to the Texas Public Safety Association Bylaws and Code of Conduct.
  • Plagiarism, copyright violation and falsification of information are prohibited. Any attempt to gain an unfair advantage will not be tolerated. Violation of the code of conduct or bylaws will result in disqualification and revocation of Texas Public Safety Association membership.
  • This is an individual event. Schools are allowed a maximum of three (3) competitors.
  • The same scenario will be used for all competitors. The scenario will be of a person over the age of sixteen (16).
  • There is a maximum time limit of ten (10) minutes for this event.
  • The competitor will be disqualified if they exceed the time limit.
  • Competitors may not ask any questions once the event begins. However, the Judge may provide direction during the scenario such as: Patient heartbeat, gag reflex, continued bleeding, etc.
  • Competitors must be certified in Basic First Aid and CPR. Competitors are required to show an unexpired certification card to the Event Moderator.
  • In the event of a tie score, the Judge will break the tie based on best safety practices.
  • At no time shall CPR be attempted on a live actor nor shall an AED be used on a live actor. If CPR and/or an AED is needed the acts shall be performed on a CPR Dummy or Mannequin which will assume the role of the human actor.

Procedures

  1. Competitor will report to their respective event when called for or at a set reporting time.
  2. Competitor must check in with event management upon arrival and present photo identification for verification.
  3. Competitor will be directed (by event moderator) into the event location.
  4. The competitor will show their unexpired Basic First Aid and CPR certification card to the Moderator. Competitors will not be allowed to continue to the event if they are unable to show their certification card at this time.
  5. Instructions will be given (by event moderator) to the Competitor just outside the event area..
  6. The Judge will be inside the event area when the Competitor enters.
  7. The event begins when the Competitor enters the event area.
  8. Competitor will evaluate the scene and respond appropriately.
  9. The event ends when the Competitor verbally advises the Judge he/she has completed all necessary tasks.

People

  • Event Managerqt. 1
  • Room Moderatorqt. 1
  • Judgeqt. 1
  • Actorqt. 1

Supplies

  • CPR Dummy or Mannequin qt. 1
  • Training AED qt. 1
  • Timer qt. 1
  • Rubric/Score Sheets qt. 1
  • Writing Utensil qt. 1

Space/Location/Rooms

  • Large Area indoor/outdoor

    This event may be held in a room large enough to accommodate three people and the event scenario. The event may also be held outdoors on a solid ground surface and flat as to not create an increased level of difficulty or safety hazard for the competitors. (examples: athletic gyms, cafeterias, and common areas are acceptable locations for this event. Areas with sand, mud, or unlevel ground are unacceptable)


Event Name
First Responder
ScoringPlacement
Point BasedHighest Score Wins
Required Criteria

Disqualification

Competitors/Teams must meet the following minimum criteria. Failure to meet criteria will result in disqualification.

Must wear gloves in Scene Entry
Must stay within the 10 minute time limit ( Overall Response )
CriteriaLoHi

Scene Entry

Advises dispatch of arrival01
Verbalizes that the scene is safe01
Verbalizes BSI01

Assessment and Activation

Checks patient for responsiveness01
Verbalizes they are checking for breathing01
Verbalizes they are looking for medical jewelry01
Verbalizes they are looking for an injury01
Radios to dispatch/incoming medics a report on the patient01
Gives adequate information to dispatch/incoming medic about patient status05

Cycle 1 of CPR (30:2)

Performs high quality compressions02
Hand placement on the lower half of the sternum01
30 compressions in no less than 15 seconds and no more than 18 seconds01
Compresses at least 2 inches01
Complete recoil after each compression01
Measures OPA properly01
Places OPA correctly and smoothly02
Measures OPA properly02
Gives 2 breaths with BVM01
Each breath given over 1 second02
Visible chest rise with each breath02
Resumes compressions in less than 10 seconds01

Cycle 2 of CPR (30:2)

Performs high quality compressions02
Hand placement on the lower half of the sternum01
30 compressions in no less than 15 seconds and no more than 18 seconds01
Compresses at least 2 inches01
Complete recoil after each compression01
Asks judge if the patient has a gag reflex01
Places OPA accordingly01
Measures OPA properly01
Gives 2 breaths with BVM01
Each breath given over 1 second02
Visible chest rise with each breath02
Resumes compressions in less than 10 seconds01

AED

Powers on AED01
Correctly attaches pads01
Clears for analysis01
Clears to safely deliver a shock01
Resumes compressions immediately after shock delivery01
Continues compressions until advised to stop by judge01

Stopping Bleeding and Bandaging

Applies pressure to bleeding area01
Ensures the victim stays calm05
Adds more dressings and presses harder01
Elevates the limb adequately02
Applies training tourniquet properly (if needed)01
Verbalizes time is noted when the training tourniquet is applied01
If training tourniquet is needed, it was applied at the appropriate time.02

Epinephrine Pen

Determines if an epinephrine pen is needed01
Holds the epinephrine pen in fist01
Takes off safety cap01
Presses epinephrine pen firmly against outer side of thigh for 10 seconds01
Removes epinephrine pen and rubs injection site for 10 seconds02
Verbalizes time epinephrine pen administered01

Overall Response

Remains calm05
Knows how to respond to the scenario05
Acts quickly05
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