EMS preps for Mardi Gras and Super Bowl crowds

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - When you gather thousands of your closest friends for a good time, chances are something will go wrong.

"We're geared up, ready to go. All the equipment is shined up ready to go," said Public Information Officer for Baton Rouge EMS Mike Chustz.

That's what EMS is preparing for.  Between fall football games, and Mardi Gras parades, the East Baton Rouge EMS has responding during major events down to an art.

"We bring in extra personnel we bring them on their day off and we use them as onsite medical coverage. They work on bicycles in teams, they work on little medical carts, they also work on what we call a sprint vehicle which is usually an SUV," said Chustz. "All these vehicles carry the same equipment that our ambulances carry, just less of it."

Because it's hard to maneuver a full-sized ambulance in what can be a rowdy crowd, EMS has developed smaller vehicles, even bike gear, which can easily reach patients with all the needed medical equipment.

Mardi Gras isn't the only major crowd event going on. New Orleans is also hosting the Super Bowl.  To help during that event, Baton Rouge is sending six medics to do bike patrols.

EMS is working with law enforcement and parade organizers to make sure every route is covered and every preparation is made, so all you have to worry about is catching the best beads.

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