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Lebanese EMS Teams Rank 3rd in International Rescue Competition in Cyprus

17 September 2015

Roads for Life (RFL) reported that Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) EMS teams ranked third in the Fourth Aphrodite Rally, an international competition involving rescue and medical emergency services held in Ayia Napa and Protaras in Cyprus from September 17 to 19.

RFL, which sponsored Lebanon’s participation in the competition along with the Banque Libanaise pour le Commerce (BLC), said that the Lebanese EMS teams came in third position with the top spots going to Greece and Poland respectively. The Lebanese team noticeably surpassed its British counterpart in several rescue scenarios and in the final ranking.

The first-aid event in Cyprus focused on trauma cases, heart attacks, cardiac defibrillation and other real-life simulation techniques in the shape of a rally, wherein the participants stopped at each stage to implement trauma rescue techniques on site.

RFL President Zeina Kassem stressed that the achievement scored by the Lebanese team, which was composed of female and male LRC volunteers, “confirms a fact that was already known, namely that the rescue techniques mastered by EMS teams in Lebanon are equivalent to the skills of the most modern and developed teams in advanced countries.”

The 3rd place by LRC in the Aphrodite Rally, she said, will urge RFL and its strategic partner, BLC, to promote their support of LRC teams, adding: “This achievement is the culmination of the tremendous efforts made by the LRC Training Unit and the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) sustainable teaching office.”