Since 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.
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.
- 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