Indianapolis EMS crews to patrol camping lots overnight at the track

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Some campers at IMS will be resting up, while others without a doubt will be partying it up Friday night after a huge Carb Day on Friday afternoon.

Police won’t be the only ones driving through the lots for the safety of those campers.

Indianapolis EMS has a number of paramedics and emergency medical technicians working, even more than in recent years, because of large crowds and the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

When Carb Day ended thousands of people left the track, taking to Georgetown Road, many of them went back to nearby camping lots to continue the party.

“We pulled up stakes and dropped in last night, and we’ve been partying ever since,” said Chris Huffman.

“There’s more people, there’s more excitement, more beer, more beer,” said Rachel Sharp.

With more people come the potential for more medical issues and injuries than in years past.

“We are adding in overnight staffing at our medical unit,” said Carl Rochelle, with Indianapolis EMS.

Indianapolis EMS will fully staff their command post overnight Friday into Saturday and Saturday into Sunday at 25th and Georgetown Road.

Used to, it served as a stocking point for paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Now, campers or anyone can go there in the overnight hours and receive care.

Medical staff will still use ATVs to patrol lots, answering calls and looking for anyone who might need help.

“Our goal with the cart system and the aid system here on site is to keep ambulances from having to go deep into the lot,” said Rochelle.

Dehydration and intoxication are the main culprits, IEMS said, that could have someone needing care. They remind that if you are going to drink you do so responsibly and always have water nearby, given the weekend heat.

“We want people consuming water before they arrive and continuing to consumer water throughout the day to stay well hydrated,” said Rochelle.

That way, your good time goes on, right up until a historic race.

“It’s amazing out here,” said Sharp.

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