Special events add pressure for Scottsdale medical teams

The Waste Management Phoenix Open has a reputation for being one of the PGA’s rowdiest events, a reputation that some of this year’s attendees have validated in the first three days of the tournament, with paramedics responding to more than 40 calls at the event.

Scottsdale Fire Department took a total of 17 people to the hospital, and most of the calls were alcohol related, officials said. The pouring rain on Friday caused further problems, resulting in six fall injuries including an injured leg, a bloody nose and two people transported to local hospitals.

Always a hot spot for events and activities, Scottsdale has been even busier than usual lately as it hosts new Super Bowl XLIX events, in addition to annual events like the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.

Scottsdale public servants have taken the challenge of ensuring the safety of thousands of people at these events in stride. In the past two weeks, Scottsdale paramedic bike teams saved the lives of two men who suffered cardiac arrest, according to a Scottsdale fire department newsletter.

Events are staffed with off-duty fire personnel, which are usually two-person teams with at least one paramedic, Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman Adam Hoster said. These quick, mobile response teams operate on bikes, on carts and on foot, which enables them to navigate through crowds and provide emergency care at remote locations throughout the event, Hoster said.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open remains the biggest Scottsdale event and broke its daily record on Thursday with more than 118,000 people in attendance. One of the reasons for the increasing popularity is the event’s appeal to a larger crowd of people looking to have a good time, not just golf lovers.

Arizona State University senior Jack Moran discussed why the event is so popular.

“There’s something different about this event,” Moran said comparing the Phoenix Open to other golf tournaments. “You’re allowed to have a little more fun and be a little loud. Even if you don’t like golf, you can have a good time.”

The Waste Management Phoenix Open will continue through Sunday at TPC of Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

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