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Locals At Lockn’ – Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Coordinated Medical Treatment During Massive Festival

[ 0 ] September 10, 2013 |
The sunsets over the 2013 Lockn' Festival at Arrington, VA.

The sunsets over the 2013 Lockn’ Festival at Arrington, VA.

Arrington
Nelson County, VA

Story & Photos By Marcie Gates

Amongst the thousands of jam-band lovin’ land-rovers that flooded through the Oak Ridge gates, (easily doubling Nelson’s population in size), there were still quite a few locals representing Nelson County at the Lockn’ Festival last weekend.

North Branch School in Afton was one of several organizations with a presence at the festival.

North Branch School in Afton was one of several organizations with a presence at the festival.

North Branch School raised funds by promoting creativity at their tent with face painting and art projects, while Wild Wolf Brewery spread the word about their growing microbrewery.

Wild Wolf Brewmaster Danny Wolf (L) with BRLM's Marcie Gates at the Wolf tent during Lockn' 2013

Wild Wolf Brewmaster Danny Wolf (L) with BRLM’s Marcie Gates at the Wolf tent during Lockn’ 2013

Thousands & thousands of people camped during the four day festival at Lockn' 2013.

Thousands & thousands of people camped during the four day festival at Lockn’ 2013.

Festival goers leaving the local tent at Lockn' 2013.

Festival goers leaving the local tent at Lockn’ 2013.

Curtis Sheets, Chief of Wintergreen Fire and Rescue Squad, was proud to have his crew monitoring such a massive crowd at the inaugural event. And in order to operate the five strategically placed medical tents for one hundred consecutive hours, Sheets padded his team with professionals from the surrounding areas.

Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets (center) discusses logistical plans with medical cews at the 2013 Lockn' Musical Fest in Arrington, VA.

Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets (center) discusses logistical plans with medical cews at the 2013 Lockn’ Musical Fest in Arrington, VA.

“We were pulling in staff from everywhere. We pulled from Amherst County, City of Lynchburg, Augusta County, City of Waynesboro, City of Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Albemarle,” says Sheets. “And from our perspective, speaking only from the medical management standpoint, it was an interesting stress test for our organization that I feel we passed very well.”

Chief Sheets was in charge of medical crews for the massive festival with over 25,000 attendees. Wintergreen F&R was granted the contract to coordinate medical services at Lockn’ Fest.

Betsy Smith with WF&R (kneeling right) tends to a minor injury at the 2013 Lockn' Festival.

Betsy Smith with WF&R (kneeling right) tends to a minor injury at the 2013 Lockn’ Festival.

Throughout the four day music marathon, literally surrounded by miles of copious characters and personality-a-plenty, Sheets and his team managed keep their numbers low.

“We had a little over 1000 patient contacts, which includes the band-aid law – Advil, band-aids, etc, and I don’t think we ever saw anything that was life threatening. And to have that many people together at an event like that, I think that says a lot.” Chief Sheets continued.

And considering that’s coming from someone who’s packin’ a couple decades of experience under his medic belt, I’m inclined to agree with him. When caught in a jam they couldn’t dance their way out of, folks at the festival were fortunate to have this team locked in.

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