American Family Children's Hospital

EMS Olympics

EMS personnel showing their award; EMS OlympicsSince 2003, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has sponsored the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Olympics in celebration of national EMS Week. The event brings together EMS providers from across Wisconsin in an educational skill contest.


Read about the 10th Annual EMS Olympics


During the Olympics, there are several skill stations across the grounds. Each station includes a staged scenario that requires the EMS personnel to actively respond with a particular skill, such as CPR or assessing a patient's symptoms.


In the past, stations have included search and rescue, car crashes, burn victims, bicycle crashes, stroke assessments and even a patient in labor. Following each scenario, the EMS providers receive a quick debriefing and assessment of their response.


The teams are scored based on the skills they demonstrate in each scenario. Awards are given to the top three teams in each skill station. There is also an overall event winner.


These events allow EMS teams to showcase the skills that they possess, their strong knowledge and even their sense of humor. The Olympics also allow the public to watch EMS personnel in action and learn more about injury prevention and safety.EMS personnel showing their medals; EMS Olympics


Past Winners

  • 2012 - Golden Hour 4 (Antigo)
  • 2011 - Beloit EMS
  • 2010 - Divine Savior EMS (Portage)
  • 2009 - DeForest Area Fire and EMS
  • 2008 - Divine Savior EMS (Portage)
  • 2007 - Algoma EMS
  • 2006 - DeForest EMS
  • 2005 - Middleton EMS
  • 2004 - Middleton EMS
  • 2003 - Middleton EMS
Comments from Past Participants
"A great way to practice our skills and demonstrate to the public what EMS is all about."
"The scenarios were very well done with knowledgeable judges. The brain teasers and riddles kept people thinking...people that have only been on our dept for a few weeks got a sample of fun that they won't forget."
"It was very well organized and lots of thought and great ideas were put into it."