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Paramedics share safety tips for fans racing to F1 Grand Prix weekend

March 22, 2024 | in News

Four paramedics from the bicycle response unit looking at the camera.

AV’s Bicycle Response Unit at Albert Park. (L-R) Paramedics Tim McCreery and Jarrod Foote, Logistics Support Officer Rob Aitken, and Paramedic Tony Rose.

Ambulance Victoria (AV) paramedics are on track to keep patrons out of the pitlanes at this weekend’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

AV Emergency Management Unit Manager, Consequence and Planning Brett Drummond said paramedics are there in case of an emergency, but that F1 fans should take steps to keep themselves safe.

“We want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe time at Albert Park over the coming days, and that means being prepared and looking out for yourself and those around you,” he said.

“Minimise alcohol and other substance use, and enjoy the event responsibly.

“Use public transport, or make sure you have a designated driver if you plan to drink at the event.

“Ensure you drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen and a hat even in overcast conditions.”

Two paramedics looking through a wire fence.

Paramedics Lili D’Aloia-Facey and Josh Russell at Turn 13.

Operational crews will be on-hand at Albert Park through to Sunday.

The AV crews will include Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedics as well as the Bicycle Response Unit, which provides a rapid response capability within the event environment.

Mr Drummond said the Grand Prix is a long event, meaning it is important attendees prepare for their day.

“If you take regular medications and are going to spend one or more long days at the event, make sure you take what medications you need with you,” he said.

“Plan ahead, bring sunscreen and consider taking band-aids and paracetamol for minor mishaps to make sure you don’t miss any race time.

“We all know the F1 cars are loud – so wearing hearing protection may help prevent problems down the track and won’t interfere with your enjoyment of the event.”

Mr Drummond said AV’s top health tips are the same for any public event.

“Lots of handwashing, stay home if you’re sick, and cover your coughs and sneezes,” he said.

“If you’re not feeling well before the event, consider passing on your tickets to friends or family, as no one wants to get to the event and then have to go home or receive emergency treatment because things get worse.”

A paramedic on a bicycle peddling away from the camera.

AV’s Bicycle Response Unit.