March 2014 Salt Lake City: The Salt Lake City Marathon will be held on April 19th this year. The run begins at the Legacy Bridge on the campus of the University of Utah and ends at Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake. Along the route will be several well stocked Standby First Aid Stations manned by qualified EMT’s trained by EMT Utah, all members of the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps. Utah weather can be unpredictable and public events with thousands of people can lead to injuries, sometimes injuries that are serious. EMT Utah and the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps can provide a first aid station just about anywhere, for just about any public event. The well-equipped stations provide shelter from the environment and are staffed to meet the needs of the event participants. The stations also provide medical attention from certified EMS personnel onsite before, during and after event hours.
EMT Utah and the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps offer EMT standby coverage at all events and gatherings and they have the equipment for any BLS emergency including defibrillators. EMT Utah Volunteer Corps is the logistical answer to have that added piece of mind knowing that there will be an immediate response to emergencies or first-aid covered at your event.
Last year 1,069 runners participated in the full marathon and 2,219 runners and bikers participated in the half-marathon. That is a lot of people. Then add all the spectators and family members, the looky-loos driving by, and the thousands of people who will be redirected on Utah roads due to the marathon, and you can see why it is important to have well-trained EMS professionals along the way who can attend to most every medical emergency from a heart attack to a scraped knee.
How can any of us forget the tragedy at the Boston Marathon in April 2013 when a bomb blast killed three people including an 8-year old child and injured more than 200 innocent people; some of whom lost limbs and whose lives were changed forever?The world watched in shock as First Responders and EMS personnel raced to save lives as they attended to hundreds of wounded. Their actions saved lives and made a difference. Of course, no one expects any bombing or tragedy at the Salt Lake City Marathon, but being prepared is essential.
We never expect to be injured during our typical day-to-day routines either, yet millions are injured every day suffering from falls, heart attacks, burns, gunshot wounds, accidental poisonings etc. And we all know hundreds of people can be injured in a natural disaster like the mudslide in Darrington Washington that has killed at least 16 people so far, with more than 90 people still missing. This is why emergency medical training, even for people who do not want to work in the profession, is important. If you don’t want to learn to be a trained EMT (though any able-bodied adult is able to and we recommend it), we encourage you to at least learn some basic first aid, and how to use an AED and to perform CPR! Injuries happen and knowing what to do, can make the difference between life and death … and every life counts.
We’ll see you at the races! Be careful. Be safe!
EMT Utah and the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps