INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2015) - As those camping lots near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continue to fill up it's not just police making sure everyone is safe. Indianapolis EMS crews are on patrol, too.
As Carb Day ended, the crowd spilled out into the streets, and many race fans headed back to camping lots to party.
But the end of the day meant the work only began for paramedics and emergency medical technicians with Indianapolis EMS.
"Typically in the evening times, we focus mainly on the lots and on the streets that are adjacent to the lots, making sure we get good first response times," said Carl Rochelle, with Indianapolis EMS.
Overnight medics travel the lots on patrol, using carts equipped with room for a stretcher. They are stocked with everything you'd find in your typical-sized ambulance.
"If we relied solely on ambulances or 911 response, it could take a lot longer to get in place," Rochelle said.
First responders keep an eye out for folks who've had too much alcohol and may be dehydrated because of their drinking and the heat.
"We get calls from track security or people that are out and about. We move in and take care of their immediate medical or traumatic injury needs if that be the case," said Rochelle.
Indianapolis EMS will add more medics Saturday night as more people come in for the Indy 500. Friday, they have two carts with two medics each. Saturday, they will be running five carts.
"First year here, Buffalo, New York," said Nancy Weslowski.
This is the first year the Weslowski family's come in for the race. They said they've noticed the added security in lot 1C, also known as the Coke Lot, as well as the emergency medical presence.
Other than a few annoyances, they said, they're glad they came.
"A few drunk people, but it's all good," said Weslowski.