This year’s mild temperatures kept the number of heat-related complaints down during the Washington Fair, according to Chief Terry Buddemeyer of the Washington Area Ambulance District.
A total of 314 fairgoers were treated at the Fair first-aid station this year for various ailments and injuries. That number is five fewer than last year.
In 2011, the first-aid station treated 252 fairgoers, compared to 306 in 2010 and 339 in 2009.
Buddemeyer said the few people with heat complaints were treated at the station and did not require transport to the hospital or further care.
Most of the care provided was for cuts and scrapes, Buddemeyer said.
Sunday was the busiest dayat the first-aid station followed by Saturday.
This year’s daily breakdown and the comparison to last year are as follows:
Wednesday, 63, no change;
Thursday, 45, down 22;
Friday, 62, a drop of 31;
Saturday, 66, up 14;
Sunday, 78, an increase of 29.
Three people were transported by ambulance from the fairgrounds including one with a medical condition on Thursday and two trauma victims — one each on Saturday and Sunday. Several people were transported by EMS carts from various locations on the fairgrounds to the first-aid station. After treatment they either returned to the Fair activities or went home, Buddemeyer said.
This year, no riders had to be transported by ambulance from the bull riding event Wednesday evening, the monster truck show Thursday night or the UTV races Saturday, according to Buddemeyer. One patient was transported from the motocross races on Sunday and several other riders sustained injuries not requiring ambulance transport, he said.
Other patients were treated at the station for lacerations, blisters and headaches, Buddemeyer reported.
As in past years, the station was staffed by personnel from WAAD and St. John’s Mercy Hospital.
Mercy sunscreen packets and neck coolers were given to fairgoers at their request.
Coverage at the motor sports arena was provided by WAAD and the Washington Fire Department with assistance from surrounding fire departments.
J&W Cycles provided a Kawasaki Mule with a specialized EMS insert again this year for use during motor sports events and for response to other parts of the fairgrounds as needed, Buddemeyer said.
The WAAD EMS cart also was used to respond to calls and transport patients on the fairgrounds.
This was the 14th year first-aid service used mutual aid ambulances from bordering districts at the Fair during peak times and to provide ambulances at specific events.
Meramec, Marthasville, St. Clair, Union and New Haven ambulance districts provided personnel and ambulances.
Buddemeyer said the safety of the Fair patrons and workers was emphasized in the pre-Fair planning and daily meetings of emergency service agencies with Fair Board members.