State and World Competitions


The Annual State Emergency Care Competition continues to grow as the need for qualified emergency care providers expands.

Competition at the EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) level tests high school students on their training in hands-on scenarios that represent potential real life situations. Teams of four compete in three timed scenarios and a written exam.  Experienced professionals in the healthcare field judge the scenarios including: EMR’s, EMT’s, paramedics, firefighters, nurses, physicians and college students in health related programs.

Teams are scored on:

  • Their ability to properly assess the scenario
  • Giving appropriate patient care for injuries
  • Manage issues found “at the scene”
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Written exam scores

Expectations may include identification of hazardous situations, reporting and documentation, and innovative equipment use. The event occurs each February and is open to the public.  Event location varies from year to year.

OEC students at a competition

Competitors are invited from many high school EMS (Emergency Medical Services) training programs.  Past competitors include the OEC (Opportunities in Emergency Care) programs at Forest Lake, Osseo and Spring Lake Park high schools, Maple Grove Fire Explorers, Owatonna EMS Explorers, Spring Valley Ambulance, Century College-916, Apple Valley ISD 196, Morris Ambulance and the Anoka STEP program.

Read more about OEC competitions: "Critical care competition sharpens skills for high school students."

Spring Lake Park OEC Successes


Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Teams from our program have placed in the top 5 at the HOSA Emergency Medical Technician National Competition in the following years:

  • 2006 - 4th place
  • 2008 - 2nd place
  • 2016 - 1st place
  • 2017 - 1st place
  • 2018 - 3rd and 8th place
  • 2019 - 1st place
2020 HOSA State Competition
Emergency Medical Technician:
1st: Hannah & Sophia Anderson
2nd: Laken Hairston & Joe Caswell
1st Aid:
1st: Laken Hairston & Joe Caswell
1st: Laken Hairston & Joe Caswell
2nd: Hannah & Sophia Anderson
3rd Adam Higley & Chris Sanchez


HOSA International EMT

Teams from our program have won the International EMT competition at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in the following years:

2016, 2017 and 2019

2020 Emergency Medical Technician:
2nd: Laken Hairston & Joe Caswell
3rd: Hannah & Sophia Anderson

International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA)

Teams from our program have won the the IRECA First Responder World Competition in the following years:

1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2011

In 2015 OEC began competing in the IRECA Technical Rescue Challenge, which involves a team of four rescuers presented with 5 rescue scenarios involving high-angle rope and confined space entry rescues. Team members must complete the EMR and Rope Rescue Technician course to be eligible to compete.

OEC students accepting trophy
OEC students treating patient

Minnesota Youth EMS Championships

Teams from our program have won the Minnesota State Youth Championship in the following years:

1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2020.