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 Success

Minnesota Youth 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 and 2016

International Rescue and Emergency Care

Teams from our program have also won the I.R.E.C.A. (International Rescue & Emergency Care) 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 and 2009


Teams from our program have also placed in the top 5 at the H.O.S.A. (Health Occupations Students of America) Emergency Medical Technician National Competition in the following years:

  • 2006 - 4th place
  • 2008 - 2nd place
  • 2016 - 1st place
OEC students accepting trophy
OEC students treating patient