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As it did last year, the Cozumel Cruz Roja (Red Cross) will be running the emergency medical service and staffing the med tent at Ironman. And, this year, it hopes to offer a station to reunite competitors with their friends and family during and after the event. This means that we need English-speaking (including bilingual!) medical and lay volunteers to assist over the course of this very long day.
Nurses, doctors, paramedics and EMT's will take charge of an "advance triage" area near the finish line to determine which competitors require medical services vs post-race rest with observation, massage and/or nutritional recovery. Some of these trained volunteers will be stationed in the recovery tent to observe and others will be needed in the medical tent to run IV's, warm patients, etc.
Non-medical volunteers are needed to run the "reunion" area, which must coordinate with Ironman staff, the registrar at the med tent, and the ambulance service to track locations of the competitors.
There are also some thankless tasks that must be done that day, such as keeping the med tent clean and shopping for any unexpected but necessary supplies.
Event date is Sunday, 28 November. These services open at the start of the race and close around 4 or 5am Monday morning. Most volunteers will be utilized between 12pm and 1am. Shift length will be determined by volunteer response.
Please let me know if you would like to participate -- we would very much appreciate your assistance.