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Soundwave 2012 Wrap Up

If previous years are anything to go by, Soundwave 2012 was expected to be one word, the opposite of the “q” word- busy!

This year, St John Ambulance was ready for the event that had in the past required a statewide call out. We were bumped in (more on that to come in another exciting article!), had 5 posts fully staffed by our wonderful volunteers and 4 BERT teams, all backed up by an ACMC filled with our most skilled Health Care Professionals. In addition, the all ages nature of the event meant the day shift was cadet friendly!

Luckily, as the sun rose on February 26th it did not rise with the intensity predicted by the weather forecast and Summer festival precedent. This subtle temperature difference changed our first aid forecast considerably, with extreme weather related patient presentations expected to be low. As usual, members were briefed at Undercroft and, after a charismatic tutorial on the use of ear protection equipment (i.e not for the nose) courtesy of the youthful Command team, were dispatched around the event.

At the conclusion of the day, as patrons departed and we packed up, the final patient numbers came in at over 400. While most of these were minor in nature, there were a few transports to nearby hospitals in the mix. Mostly these were related to mishaps in the mosh pit or irresponsible use of alcohol. My personal highlights of the day- liaising with those in our Communications centre to send a team to check out a member of infamous band Slipknot and observing 2 patrons casually enjoying the concert from the top of the Members Stand in the Main Arena, unaware of the drama they’d created in the Emergency Operations Centre!

Overall, the fabulous effort by all involved in the planning, set up and execution of one of the last festivals of the 2011/2012 Summer season made for a catastrophe free day. Great job to everyone who was a part of the day and thank you for your role in demonstrating exactly why St John is first in first aid!

Source: St John Ambulance Australia, Disperse, May 2012

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