MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force medical team from Hokkaido took overall honors Thursday at the 8th annual Pacific Command EMT Rodeo.

The six-person Northern Medical Unit team from Camp Makiminato near Sapporo, Japan, showed off its medic mettle in competitions pitting American and Japanese squads against the clock in treating simulated-accident victims.

It dethroned four-time defending champion Camp Lester Naval Hospital of Okinawa, which placed second. The Navy team prevailed in the water-rescue category.

The Sapporo team also captured first in the peacetime casualty and litter obstacle course categories.

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