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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2017: National Ambulance to be out in full force for race weekend 

Two helicopters, 13 ambulances and 140 medical staff will be on hand to provide emergency care over the four-day event 

The National Ambulance said they were prepared and ready for the four-day event at Yas Island.
The National Ambulance said they were prepared and ready for the four-day event at Yas Island.

The reaction speed for Formula 1 drivers must be exceptionally fast, such is that of the 140 medical staff who will be covering the events in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

As Yas Island prepares for an onslaught of people attending the Etihad Formula 1 Grand Prix between Thursday and Sunday, the National Ambulance will be deploying 13 ambulances and two helicopters to ensure the safety of the drivers, support staff, spectators and after-race concert-goers.

It will be the fourth consecutive year that National Ambulance has provided emergency medical support at one of the event, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from the UAE and around the world, reported state news agency Wam.

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A group of specialised rescue extrication trained staff will be on hand to provide emergency intervention in the case of a crash, along with a team of doctors and paramedics to ensure driver safety.

The medical centre will have ambulances and two helicopters on stand-by, along with a team of a specialised trauma surgeons, anaesthesiologists and National Ambulance Critical Care Paramedics, EMTs and a pharmacist to ensure the proper care of the drivers and support staff.

"Now in our fourth year as the emergency medical provider, National Ambulance’s team of trained and experienced staff will once again be onsite to ensure the standard of health and safety matches the professionalism demanded of such a prestigious event," said National Ambulance Deputy chief executive, Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri.

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