Guardian angels sweat on safety of drivers
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.