This year's KCEMT annual EMT competition was held in Machako's People's Park October 28-29, honoring the county for its efforts to advance the public's access to emergency response services.
A lot of credit was given to Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Nganga Mutua, Minister of Health Naomi Mutie, and Director of Emergency Rescue Services David Mwondela for beginning to develop a county level coordinated Emergency Response Service program, beginning with the purchase of 70 new ambulances, 15 fire trucks, and 89 police and security vehicles.
Here's a three-minute video of some highlights from the competition:
The first day consisted of training of EMT's, most notably on new tools available for rescuing trauma victims and fire rescue.
Tags for labeling patients in a rescue mission, along with other rescue supplies.
Fire Truck Tour
EMT's look on as ICT fire fighters demonstrate the tools on the truck.
A Mock Building Collapse
The competition included written and skills tests. Only qualifying teams from each company competed in a mock rescue mission on the second day. The scenario was a building collapse. Volunteers from Machakos medical school acted as victims, and volunteer EMT trainers lead the costume and makeup efforts.
Machakos Medical school student volunteers as actor for the gruesome scenario: A building collapse
Expert EMT and EMT trainer, Sylvester (Sly), lead the makeup and costume efforts.
The EMT's Battle it Out
AAR Ambulance team begins to stabalize the mock patient after arriving on the scene as the judges look on.
One of MSF's teams rests in front of their ambulance after rescuing a mock patient.
And a Little Terrorism Training for Good Measure.
During the first day's training, a lot of time was given to proper reactions to terror attacks for both civilians and medical professionals. EMT's were told to stay safe, and all people were told to run first, then hide, and finally, if unable to run or hide, to quickly attempt to disarm the attackers.
Pius Masai Mwachi, Director of Kenya's National Disaster Management Unit, explains what to do in case of a gun attack.