Scottsdale Fire units at the ready during special events

Photo by Scottsdale Fire Department

Photo by Scottsdale Fire Department

Scottsdale plays host to a large number of diverse signature events throughout the city annually.

The season kicks off with the large-scale, prestigious car auctions like Barrett-Jackson and Russo Steele and roll into signature events like Waste Management Phoenix Open. Scottsdale Fire Department provides fire units and mobile paramedic units these events that often have more than 190,000 patrons attending in one day.

Scottsdale Fire Department ensures that we are staffed to address medical issues, fire suppression and fire prevention throughout the city and at each of these high-profile events, according to a press release.  A variety of means are employed to meet the special circumstances via bikes, brush trucks, tankers – and even an ambulance-style golf cart.

These quick mobile paramedic teams deliver the same quality advanced life support as normal Scottsdale Fire Department fire trucks do, but they are able to navigate the congested events with large amounts of patrons that are spread out over large areas.  Scottsdale Fire has used these quick response medic teams for years with remarkable success.

It is a year-long process to prepare and staff events to ensure the safety of visitors and residents.  But there are steps that the public can take to help reduce the risk of injury and protect themselves from harm.

  • Have a communication plan that includes a contact person away from the event in case of emergency and you become separated from your group.
  • Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.
  • Locate exits immediately.  The best way for you to leave an unsafe area may not be the same way you came in.
  • If an alarm sounds, respond immediately.   Leave the area in an orderly fashion.  Follow directions of public safety personnel or trained event staff.

Early intervention by bystanders assists SFD response by activating 911 and starting Hands-Only CPR.  Classes are offered through Scottsdale Fire Department.

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