At ACL, emergency crews adapt to keep festival going
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At this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, crowds battled the full gamut of Central Texas weather—from pouring rain to burning sun.
The three-day combination kept medical crews busy. On Friday 16-people were transported out of the venue by EMS crews, Saturday 25-people—most of the incidents brought about by dehydration.
“They see the month and say we are into October so I don't need to hydrate, wear sunscreen wear large rim hats, and they are not taking the breaks," Cmdr. Wesley Hopkins with Austin-Travis County EMS said. “They are here to have a good time, so they are out at the show and they don't take stock of themselves and take stock of how they are doing."
Those familiar with the festival proved ready to battle the weather right back.
"There we people just covered in mud. They had flip flops but they didn't work, and everything was pretty busted," Austinite Gayla Whinery said. "Knowing how the different variety of weather has happened in the past has made me, of course, be very prepared for today."
Simply getting inside the crowd can be a challenge, so specially-equipped motorcycles can make all the difference.
"They can either call for additional ambulances, they can cancel the ambulance and that frees up an ambulance to take care of more patients," Cmdr. Hopkins said.
Various agencies are worked together to keep the grounds safe including paramedics from Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department as well as a private medical provider South West Emergency Action Team.