Police and local doctors prepare for EDC
CREATED Jun. 5, 2012
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Electric Daisy Carnival or "EDC" will soon be taking over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This will be the second year for the event, and organizers say they're expecting even larger crowds than last year.
More than 3 hundred thousand tickets have been sold for the 3-day event.
Medics, firefighters and law enforcement are already gearing up for the big day.
For police the challenge is to work the event without affecting the number of patrol officers on our local streets. They estimate they'll have about 500 officers patroling the event.
But, the biggest concern is is dehydration says Dr. Dale Carrison, medical director at the LV Motor Speedway and doctor at UMC.
"People that come from other cooler areas of the country simply aren't aclimatized, so one of the things that Insomniac did this year (and we did for medical) is: water is free," says Carrison. "And, we have many more water stations than we had last year."
There will be 5 doctors and 10 nurses on staff each night. Also, 15 ambulances will be ready to go. University Medical Center will have a fully staffed emergency room all three days.
Carrison says the average medical response time last year was under four minutes.
Both police and doctors will keep an eye out for drug use, which is also a worry.
Metro says last year they only had about 60 arrests at EDC, ranging from misdemeanor to felony charges.