Rules & Regulations

TEAM COMPOSITION

Teams entering the Ontario Open First Aid Challenge must be comprised of (2) two responders (competitors) who meet the requirements as specified below.  In addition, teams may include (1) one optional spare competitor who meets the same requirements.

All competitors must be representative members of a bonafide organization, business, etc.  Proof  of the legitimacy of the organization and affiliation is required prior to or, on the day of the event, or before a prize can be presented.

Substitutions (using the team’s registered spare competitor) may be made prior to the morning of the event by notifying the Ontario Council office.  On the morning of the event, substitutions (using the team’s registered spare competitor) may be made at the registration desk.  Once the event has commenced, substitutions (using the team’s registered spare competitor) may be made only under extenuating circumstances and with the approval of the Chief Judge.

i.    Spare competitors will remain sequestered with their team throughout the event.

ii.    A competitor who has been replaced by the team’s spare after the event has commenced will be escorted from the secure holding area(s) and will become a member of the spectator gallery.

Coaches are encouraged to be with their teams during the initial briefing session. Following that, and once the competitors have been sequestered in their secure holding area(s), team coaches become members of the spectator gallery and are not permitted to communicate any further with their teams.

CHALLENGE CATAGORIES

i.    Junior Challenge Teams: must be ages 11 to 14 inclusive as of the day of
the event

ii.    Intermediate Challenge Teams: must be ages 15 to 17 inclusive as of the day of the event

iii.    Adult (Standard First Aid with AED) Challenge Teams: must be a minimum of 18 years of age as of the day of the event

iv.    Adult (Advanced First Aid with AED) Challenge Teams: must be a minimum of 18 years of age as of the day of the event

•    Team competitors may be required to produce proof-of-age and/or certification either prior to or, on the day
of the event.
•    A limited number of teams from within St. John Ambulance will be permitted to enter. These teams are selected through regional run-off competitions.

STANDARDS

i.    The official reference for the Junior, Intermediate, and Adult (Standard) categories will be all material found in the St. John Ambulance – The Complete Guide to First Aid and CPR – First on the Scene text.
ii.    The official reference for the Adult (Advanced) category will be all material found in the St. John Ambulance – The Complete Guide to First Aid and CPR – First on the Scene text and the St. John Ambulance – Medical First Responder Student Manual.

Any supplements to either of the above, printed and in use (2) two or more months prior to the event, may be used as the standard upon which the first aid scenarios are based and judged.

EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

i.    All first aid supplies and equipment will be supplied.  Competitors will not be permitted to use their own supplies or equipment.
ii.    On the morning of the event, competitors will be provided the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the issued supplies and equipment that may be used in the first aid scenarios.

CLOTHING, DRESS, PHONES ETC.

i.    It is preferred that competitors wear the uniform/look of the organization, business, etc. that they are representing.  If such is not possible, competitors may wear another suitable style of team uniform.
ii.    First aid scenarios may take place in outdoor environments (regardless of weather conditions) and/or indoor environments.  Competitors must ensure that they have appropriate clothing (with them at the time of registration) for the weather conditions on the day of the event.
iii.    Competitors will not be permitted to wear or carry anything other than their personal clothing.  Scissors, gloves, tape, face masks, airways, etc. will not be permitted.  One necktie or neckerchief, one belt, and one pair of laced shoes per competitor will be permitted as part of a competitor’s personal clothing.
iv.    Competitors are not permitted to have in their possession, at any time throughout the event day, any communications devices such as:  cellular telephones, computers, BlackBerrys, two-way radios, etc.

SCORING

i.    Awards will be presented for the “First”, “Second”, and “Third” place teams in each category.
ii.    Competitors will be judged based on their application of the principles of first aid treatment using the equipment and supplies environment available to them.
iii.    In the event of a tie between teams, a tie-breaking procedure will be followed under the supervision of the Chief Judge.
iv.    During a first aid scenario, either competitor may be designated as a patient (in addition to the simulated patient provided).

PROCEDURE

i.    On the day of the event, all competitors must be signed-in at the registration desk and ready for their briefing by 9am.  Those arriving after this time, may be permitted to participate, at the discretion of the Chief Judge but will not be eligible for any awards and will not have their registration fees refunded.
ii.    Competitors must be prepared to be sequestered in a secure holding area for the duration of the event following their morning briefing session.  They are encouraged to bring reading materials, playing cards, games, etc. for use during periods when they are not actively competing.  Remember, communications devices, including all electronic devices (laptop computers, etc.), are not permitted.
iii.    Competitors must have all their personal clothing with them in the holding area (team uniform, outdoor clothing, etc.)
iv.    Competitors must have personal items such as personal medications, etc. with them in the holding area.
v.    Competitors are not permitted to communicate in any manner with spectators, coaches, judges, casualty simulators, etc. following their morning briefing session.  During the first aid scenarios, however, competitors are encouraged to speak in a loud and audible voice so as to be heard by their judges; but not so loud so as to be disruptive to other competitors.
vi.    During the first aid scenarios, judges may ask for clarification if the competitor’s actions are not readily understood.  Judges will not, however, provide any additional information to competitors nor answer any questions except as allowed for by the scenario design.
vii.    Competitors may compete in a series of team and individual first aid challenges, both simulated response, and oral/written.

PLEASE NOTE

i.    Failure to comply with any, or all, of the above rules may, at the discretion of the Chief Judge, require that a competitor or team be disqualified from competing in this event.
ii.    Teams and/or competitors who have been disqualified are not eligible to receive any awards nor will registration fees be refunded, and will be asked to leave the secure holding areas.
iii.    For additional information on St. John Ambulance First Aid Challenges, including team preparation resources visit: www.oofac.ca

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