Guardian an­gels sweat on safety of driv­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

PARAMEDICS Phil Bax­ter and Grant Fur­long swapped the roads of Queens­land for the race­track.

The pair worked 14 hours a day wait­ing by the track, poised to re­spond to any in­jured race car driv­ers.

Mr Bax­ter said their team of paramedics was called Al­pha Re­sponse One and was con­stantly on standby to re­spond to crashes and in­juries be­tween turns one and five at Reid Park.

“We are de­ployed by the in­ci­dent com­mand to any in­ci­dents on the track,” he said. “We did a call- out to turn five where we as­sisted, treated and trans­ported to the med­i­cal cen­tre one of the driv­ers with chest and leg in­juries.” The pair spent most of their days on standby, dressed in fir­ere­tar­dant suits, which they de­scribe as like wear­ing a woollen blan­ket.

When an in­ci­dent hap­pens, they are put on standby be­fore start­ing their en­gine, putting on fire pro­tec­tive gear and wait­ing be­fore be­ing di­rected on the track by race con­trol.


HELP­ING HANDS: Crit­i­cal care medic Phil Bax­ter and ad­vanced care medic Grant Fur­long in their race suits.

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