If you are certified in CPR and First Aid and would like a bird’s eye view of the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade, the American Red Cross has a New Year’s Day volunteer opportunity for you.
More than 150 Red Cross volunteers, including Emergency Responders, EMTs, paramedics, and nurses are needed to staff the 13 First Aid stations that will be situated along the parade route and at pre- and post-parade events, including Band Fest, float construction and post-Parade float viewing.
Under the supervision of the Pasadena Fire Department, the American Red Cross First Aid first aid stations provide immediate, temporary care for injuries and sudden illnesses.
Paul Emmons, a 25-year Red Cross volunteer, is the Red Cross 2015 Rose Parade Coordinator and Incident Commander. Emmons has served in this capacity for six previous Rose Parades.
“With nearly a million people attending the parade, the fire department cannot respond to all of the medical calls,” said Emmons. “That’s why Red Cross volunteers are critically important, since we can perform triage and first aid on behalf of the fire department.”
During the 2014 parade, more than 100 visitors and parade participants needed Red Cross assistance. Patients who need more advanced care are referred to Pasadena Fire Department paramedics for treatment and are transported to area hospitals.
Emmons reports that each year nearly half of the patients suffer from heat-related conditions. One reason is some band members wear wool uniforms and walk for 5-1/2 miles in the warm sun.
“Between 5 a.m. and noon, there can be as much as a 30+ degree temperature change. It’s one of the only events where people can suffer from both hypothermia and heat exhaustion,” said Emmons.
Although the floats and parade participants travel very slowly along the parade route, sometimes the unexpected occurs. Emmons reports his most memorable experience was about 10 years ago when a horse-drawn carriage ran into the crowd. Several people were injured when they were run over by the wheels, but everyone was treated and released.
The Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter coordinates all First Aid stations and volunteer recruitment for the Los Angeles Region. For information about becoming a Rose Parade First Aid volunteer, please send an email to Roxanne Schorbach at Roxanne.Schorbach2@verizon.net and write “2015 Rose Parade First Aid” in the subject line. Please include your full name, email address and cell phone number.
For more information, please visit the Rose Parade First Aid website at www.RoseParadeFirstAid.org.