Red Cross, New Orleans EMS: Mardi Gras First Aid Locations

“Thanks to our partners and volunteers, we are pleased to offer our support to the community to help alleviate some strain on New Orleans EMS by providing basic first aid care in highly populated areas along the parade route," said Kay W. Wilkins.

The American Red Cross, with support from New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, the Krewe of Bacchus, Dr. and Mrs. Van Meter and Le Krewe d’Etat, will operate first aid stations along New Orleans parade routes beginning Saturday (Feb. 22) through Mardi Gras Day.

Trained Red Cross volunteers, at stations positioned along Uptown and Mid-City parade routes, will treat parade goers’ minor illnesses and injuries.

“Thanks to our partners and volunteers, we are pleased to offer our support to the community to help alleviate some strain on New Orleans EMS by providing basic first aid care in highly populated areas along the parade route," said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region.

“With warmer temperatures and Mardi Gras day in March, we expect increased numbers of participants,” Wilkins said. “With all of the fun and revelry comes the need for everyone to be cautious during the celebrations.”

First aid stations are frequently established at large gatherings, such as parades, conventions and sporting events.

“The first aid stations are staffed with competent American Red Cross volunteers who are trained, certified and know how to respond to victims of injury before the arrival of EMS personnel,” said Dr. Jeffery Elder, director of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. “The City of New Orleans appreciates the help of Red Cross volunteers and the support of the Krewe of Bacchus, Dr. and Mrs. Van Meter and Le Krewe d’Etat.”

Prompt action by Red Cross volunteers and New Orleans EMS in 2013 helped saved the life of a parade-goer who suffered a medical emergency just before a parade near St. Charles and Napoleon avenues. Red Cross volunteers from a nearby first aid station resuscitated the man using an AED device, shortly before the arrival of New Orleans EMS paramedics, who continued advanced life support while transporting the man to a nearby hospital.

During 2013 when the Super Bowl crossed with Carnival season, 116 Red Cross volunteers logged more than 2,600 volunteer hours, treating more than 91 parade-goers and event attendees. These services are provided free of charge by the Red Cross, which is funded through public donations.

FRIDAY – 2/28/14 | 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

#1 St. Charles Ave. & Napoleon Ave.

#2 St. Charles Ave. & Washington Ave.

#3 St. Charles Ave. & Felicity St.

#4 Canal St. & Camp St.

SATURDAY – 3/1/14

Uptown: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

#1 St. Charles Ave. & Napoleon Ave.

#3 St. Charles Ave. & Felicity St.

Uptown & Mid City: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

#3/6 Canal St. & Carondelet St.

Mid City: Noon – 11 p.m.

#4 N. Hennessey & Orleans Ave.

Mid City: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

#5 Carrollton Ave. & Bienville

SUNDAY – 3/2/14 | 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

#1 St. Charles Ave. & Napoleon Ave.

#2 St. Charles Ave. & Washington Ave.

#3 St. Charles Ave. & Felicity St.

#4 Canal St. & Carondelet St.

Foot Teams 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Canal St. (French Quarter side)

Canal St. (Uptown side)

MONDAY – 3/3/14 | 4:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.

#1 St. Charles Ave. & Napoleon Ave.

#2 St. Charles Ave. & Washington Ave.

#3 St. Charles Ave. & Felicity St.

#4 Canal St. & Carondelet St.

FAT TUESDAY – 3/4/14 | 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

#1 St. Charles Ave. & Napoleon Ave.

#2 St. Charles Ave. & Washington Ave.

#3 St. Charles Ave. & Felicity St.

#4 Canal St. & Carondelet St.

Foot Teams 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Canal St. (French Quarter side)

Canal St. (Uptown side)