At the track, orange is probably the most reassuring color to all Verizon IndyCar drivers. The orange-clad Holmatro Safety Team and trucks travel to every Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy event and will be on hand at Gateway Motorsports Park August 25-26 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline. The team consists of 30 safety personnel with a minimum of 18 attending each event, including a trauma physician, orthopedic physician, two paramedics, 12 firefighter/EMTs and two nurses.
The Holmatro Safety Team works in conjunction with and coordinates the safety personnel staffing at each venue, including firefighters, ambulance and tow-truck providers and track maintenance crews. They will coordinate their efforts with GMP’s Fire & Safety Team.
The organization is divided into three on-track teams. When an incident occurs, the first team to arrive on the scene is responsible for the driver and his/her extrication from the car, if necessary. The second team begins track clean-up at the area of impact. The third team makes a complete lap around the track to check for fluid and debris that may have been dropped during the accident.
INDYCAR and the Holmatro Safety Team are industry leaders in motorsports safety and have been instrumental in revolutionizing the sport. Under the supervision of Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR’s director of medical services, and Mike Yates, INDYCAR manager of track safety operations, the Holmatro Safety Team continually evaluates the latest equipment and its on-track procedures and protocols.
“About 75 percent of our team is comprised of civil servants who are officers in their departments, such as captains, lieutenants and a fire chief, which means they have vast amounts of experience managing people and managing ground scenes and incident command,” Yates said. “Many have bachelor’s degrees in fire science and we also have people who have gone beyond the scope of their local fire departments by being involved with disaster task force teams.”
Holmatro has worked with IndyCar since it began in 1996, to ensure that the on track response to accidents is as efficient and effective as possible. As a world leader in rescue equipment, Holmatro gear is called upon everyday to save lives and it’s at-track rescue team’s presence is peace of mind to every driver in the race.
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