For two weeks, the 2013 National Scout Jamboree emergency medical service will stand as the largest medical force assembled, second only that drawn up for the Olympics. Jamboree EMS includes volunteers and professionals, civilian and military experts, says Ray Weitogand, EMS safety officer.
From basic first aid to full fledged emergencies, EMS are located across the Summit Bechtel Reserve to provide everything from band-aids to full fledged rescue services.
Scouts, Venturers, and leaders may visit any EMS facility to receive treatment for even the most minor injuries or illnesses, says Weitogand. All services are free of charge to participants.
For an emergency, call 911.
Calls to 911 are routed to jamboree medical dispatchers who collect all information needed to send rescuers to the patient's location. Dispatchers ask callers to stay on the line, be descriptive about the emergency, and point that black square tag on their identification card upwards.
This black tag is an infrared tag. These tags aid responders searching for those in need of help. The tag can be detected by helicopter. The Guardian Angels, a military unit assisting jamboree emergency services, are ready to fly their helicopters to the rescue. Additionally, when on the line witht 911, technicians can locate callers via the phone's GPS.
All jamboree participants and visitors can help rescuers provide aid faster by moving aside for emergency vehicles, which may include bikes and all-terrain vehicles. Vehicles will display emergency lights but will not use sirens. Anyone walking on a jamboree roadway should walk on the left, facing traffic, so that they can see approaching vehicles.
From the Summit's lakes to its mountains, jamboree EMS is prepared to save lives — and provide a little moleskin for that blister.