“Competitions are not all the same”
Every competition attempts to capture an emergency event as it may occur in the field however they are limited to mock injuries, indoor or outdoor settings and various restrictions involving noise, locations, judge considerations, spectator areas and facilities.
In the Czech Republic all of these issues are overcome by making the emergency response tasks mobile, choosing locations within a 40 kilometer radius. Using a farm house, industrial setting, river or mountainous terrain they mimic as close to real as possible any event. The crews are dispatched over a 24 hour period, yes calls in the black of night even multi-patient settings with a plane down in a field. Combine this with moulage artists creating fake injuries, torn; shredded or burnt clothing with a movie style setting that makes it all too real.
Plus, they believe a true test is to evaluate from the time a call is placed so the “Golden Head Set” was created. In this evaluation dispatchers are judged with their skills in call taking, dispatching the appropriate resources on hand with extreme difficulties that are not uncommon in today’s communication setting. This portion of the Rallye Rejviz is only in the Czech language so we unfortunately cannot take part, yet.
Finally, the children’s competition; this is unique as it is a program for all elementary school kids where they study first aid and learn to anticipate potential risk in the home and outdoors and then are tested in a competition format. This reinforcement of first aid skills is not limited to just bandaging but also cpr and more. The kids join us at the podium receiving trophies for the best team of the year and they celebrate with their school friends, teachers and family on center stage.
8About The Rallye Rejviz International
Medical Rescue Competition
They use the term Rallye as our work is mobile, responding with all methods of transportation, ambulance, snow mobile, helicopter or plane whatever it takes to access people in need.
The name given to this competition is that of a truly magical place Rejviz – in the Jesenik Mountains. It is where the original rally was run and to this day a large part of the rally is still run in and around Rejviz. There is no doubt that rescue work and EMS are physically and emotionally demanding, stressful and often exhausting. This mountainous area is a perfect setting to hold these challenging tasks both indoors and out, in all weather conditions.
There are 12 scenarios (or tasks) that will take place over 24 hours with multiple divisions using ambulances and suv’s to get to the call. Each staged event is within 40 kilometers and could be in a river or a lake, a farm house or industrial setting. The calls appear to be as real as you might imagine with actors in make-up and the patients can be from a single victim to dozens. The teams are evaluated on all aspects of care and approach, from safety to best practice and sound solution solving techniques.
2018 will be the 22nd year milestone of the Rallye Rejviz and it will be the biggest ever, with many countries and dozens of teams competing and sharing information on research, ideals, and experiences and connecting with one another around the world.
Our Canadian teams and the Rallye organizing committee know that none of this would be possible without the dedication and commitment of almost one thousand people volunteering and taking part in this event. All sponsors both here in Canada and abroad will make the Rallye Rejviz 2018 a tremendous success thanks to their participation.
Those in the pre-hospital care profession to the emergency ward setting share a bond or brotherhood that is universal around the world. We share in our desire to learn and to improve best patient care treatments to allow positive outcomes. This is the attitude we bring to this competition, learning and teaching, sharing and celebrating on and off the podium.