EMS Responds to Thousands of Minor Issues at Firefly
WBOC’s Mike Chesney talked with Kent County Department staff captain about EMS services at Firefly:
With 90,000 people at the Firefly Music Festival this weekend, there have been a lot of medical issues.
The Kent County Department of Public Safety takes the lead on providing EMS services to the event.
Its team gets help from Sussex and New Castle Ems and state police aviation.
All in all, there are 20 to 30 medics at The Woodlands every day.
Staff tell WBOC as the festival has grown so has the number of medical issues. Most of them are minor.
“The bulk of them are heat-related, alcohol-related – so, people passing out, unconscious, nausea, vomiting,” said John Tinger, the department’s staff captain. “There are also very simple things, like cuts on the feet, blisters on the feet for not wearing the propery footwear.
There were about 3,500 last year.
And preliminarily that number looks have increased by about 30 percent.