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EMS Sees Uptick In Heat Related Illness At X Games


One obstacle facing X Games Austin fans as well as athletes is the weather. In the face of almost 100 degrees temperatures the number one incident the first night of the games was heat related.

"In the downtown area we had a slight uptick in heat related emergencies, which is not uncommon when the temperatures rise," said Austin-Travis County EMS Commander Wes Hopkins.

That's why EMS has plans to respond within seconds.

"We have medics who are on foot, rangers, motorcycles and a large contingent of ambulances to take care of any heat related emergencies," said Cmdr. Hopkins.

Hydrating is the big push. At the main event at the Circuit of the Americas in southeast Travis County people are allowed to bring factory sealed water and fans can refill it in the complex.

"About one quart of water an hour, watch the sodas, clear liquids, we definitely want them to wear hats and put on sunscreen," said Cmdr. Hopkins.

Another place to cool off is the chill zone -- misting tents around COTA. 

"I was like, 'thank gosh, it is really hot out here.' Austin is really hot. The chill zone will keep you cool," said spectator David Thompson.

If more serious illnesses or injuries arise, there are medical pods all around, stocked for any situation.

An EMS ambulance is on standby in case of any major emergencies. It can accommodate 20 patients at a time.

By Christie Post

EMS Sees Uptick In Heat Related Illness At X Games

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