Circuit of the Americas medical facility revealed


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on November 13, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 10:59 PM

ELROY, Texas -- Part of preparing for Formula 1 is learning how to rescue a race car driver.

Members of Travis County Fire Rescue and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services will be part of a team ready to respond to any emergency at Circuit of the Americas. With only three days before race weekend, they say they're ready. They've been training for the past six months.

They demonstrated a rescue during the unveiling of the medical facility at the track. It's set up so surgeons and doctors at the track will have the same equipment you'd find in an emergency room.

Other than the 5,500-square-foot medical facility, they're going to have first aid tents. Seven are being set up across Circuit of the Americas.

There are also two helipads exclusively for medical transport if someone needs to go to the hospital.

Circuit of the Americas also has four safety trucks. They're equipped with rescue and fire fighting gear.

Dr. Stephen Olvey is the director of the Circuit of the America's medical facility. He says they are expecting minor injuries, however they are prepared for anything.

"Most of what we are going to see is sunburns, minor cuts and bruises. Somebody may have a little too much to drink," Dr. Olvey said.

Olvey is a neurosurgeon in Miami who has been a key figure in advancement of medical response and treatment for injured racers. He's also helped re-design cars for safety. Plus, he says there are future plans for innovation, including seminars and training for doctors, surgeons, the military and others.