Washington Area EMS Chief Terry Buddemeyer says this was a very good Fair as far as EMS and first aid was concerned, adding crews encountered “usual Fair stuff, nothing serious.”
There were 61 more people who sought EMS care at the Washington Town & Country Fair in 2018 for a total of 276 cases. Saturday was the busiest.
Buddemeyer explained heat-related cases were down, and the few patients with heat-related complaints cooled off in the first aid station and did not require ambulance transport or any other further medical care.
“There were a total of four patients transported by ambulance from the fairgrounds for the entire Fair,” Buddemeyer said. “One patient was transported by ambulance on Wednesday and three patients were transported on Friday.”
He added the most care provided was for minor cuts and scrapes and provision of over-the-counter-medications for various minor medical issues.
“There were several patients transported by EMS carts from the fairgrounds to the first-aid station throughout the Fair,” Buddemeyer said. “After first-aid treatment, they either returned to the Fair activities or went home. Other patients were treated for the usual Fair related complaints (lacerations, blisters, headaches, etc.).”
As in past years, Fair first-aid services were provided by personnel from the Washington Area Ambulance District (WAAD) and Mercy Hospital Washington.
Coverage for motor sports arena motocross was provided by WAAD and Washington Fire Department with assistance from mutual aid personnel from surrounding fire departments.
“There were no riders transported by ambulance from the bull riding Wednesday evening or the bull/bronco riding and bull fighting on Thursday,” Buddemeyer said. “The motocross event on Sunday resulted in one injury requiring ambulance transport.”
The WAAD used a Kawasaki mule with a specialized EMS insert again this year at the motor sport events and for response to calls on the fairgrounds and perimeter. The UTV was also utilized for response to, and transport of, patients on the fairgrounds.
On-site ambulances were also provided during peak times all five days of the Fair.
“This is the 19th year that we have utilized mutual aid ambulances from bordering districts at the fair during peak times and at times when an ambulance was required to be assigned to a specific event (bull riding, rodeo, and motocross),” Buddemeyer said. “These mutual aid ambulances assisted as transport units and as additional EMS resources on the fairgrounds.”
Mutual aid ambulances were provided by Meramec, Marthasville, St. Clair, Union and New Haven ambulance districts.