Just two weeks after the Cabarrus EMS team of Mark Kirk and Jeff Penninger came away victorious at the NC Office of EMS Paramedic Competition as state champions, another Cabarrus EMS team claims a victory. The team of Esther Adkins and Will Cannon emerged victorious in “The Carolina’s Paramedic Competition” in Cumberland County. The event pitted teams in competition from NC and SC in two scenarios with combined scores to declare the winner. A total of twelve teams competed with Cabarrus County receiving top honors. This is the first time a team from Cabarrus competed in this event. The first scenario involved teams managing a realistic, fiery plane crash with fifty patients while the second scenario involved a structure collapse at a hospital with multiple patients. Cabarrus teams have consistently demonstrated success in competition over the years. This level of excellence is what the Cabarrus EMS paramedics strive to bring to the citizens of the County each day.
Esther Adkins currently serves as an EMS Field Training Officer and Will Cannon currently serves as an EMS Crew Chief and Army Medic.
A paramedic team from Cabarrus County EMS was declared state champion in the NC Office of EMS State Paramedic Competition held 10/2/11 in Greensboro. The team of Mark Kirk and Jeff Penninger advanced to the final round of competition by earning a victory in the region 4 competition held in July. The competition has been in existence since 1991 as a manner of improving quality of care and training while recognizing top performing teams from around NC. This is the first state win by a Cabarrus team after seven regional wins and finals appearances by Cabarrus teams. The team earned top honors in the competition based upon their performance on a scenario involving a hunting accident with three very unique patients. Mark Kirk currently serves as an EMS FTO with 13 years experience and Jeff Penninger currently serves as a Crew Chief with 11 years experience.