During the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the American Red Cross operated three First Aid/Hydration Stations to help reduce the demand on the local Emergency Medical System (EMS). During the week beginning August 4th the following services were provided at no cost to Rally attendees:
-141 people received first aid services
-7,600 cups of water were served (475 gallons)
Eleven Red Cross personnel and seven SERV SD* medical volunteers partnered to operate the station. The total man hours invested during the week of the Rally was 439. Although Rally attendance appeared to be slightly lower, the number of attendees receiving first aid was up 16% over the previous year!
This was the second year the Red Cross and SERV SD have partnered during the Rally. This collaboration has proven again to be successful and we look forward to serving the public jointly next year.
*SERV SD: Operating under the auspices of the South Dakota Department of Health, the Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers in South Dakota (SERV SD) coordinates the pre-registration of medical and health care professionals who may be willing to volunteer in the event of an emergency. For additional information on the SERV SD program, visit http://doh.sd.gov/providers/Preparedness/Volunteer.aspx or contact Andy Klitzke at Andy.Klitzke@state.sd.us .