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Medical staff ready for F1

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Medical teams and emergency responders say they will be ready for any crisis at the F1 track this week.
 
Rescue terms have been practicing how to pull drivers out of wrecked F1 cars.  Emergency responders with the Travis County Fire Department and Austin Travis Co. EMS have been learning to adapt the skills that they already use to pull people out of typical rush hour accidents.

"I think probably the other challenge is the speed our fire fighters have had to work with they are asking us to work a little bit faster in those conditions than what we may have in our normal day to day operations," said Division Chief James Hawley  with Austin/Travis Co EMS.

The track also has a 5,500 sq ft. medical center which is not just for the drivers, but also for race fans.
 
"I'd like to point out that you're probably better off having a heart attack here at the track than you are in your own home," said Medical Director Dr. Stephen Olvey.

Seven aid stations have been set up at the complex to provide quick response to emergencies at the track.

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