Hoopfest has many volunteers, including medical personnel to help with injuries or heat exhaustion. PedMeds are essentially the first responders for the athletes and fans.
Justin Maisch and Frank Wood with the Spokane Fire Department are one of seven teams of PedMeds, who can treat athletes and fans, or help them to the First Aid tents.
Wood has been working at Hoopfest on and off for the past ten years. He says they've seen minor injuries and others.
“There is a real potential for some really serious calls,” Wood says. “We've had cardiac arrests here in the past and other than that it's just getting out there and helping people.”
Their backpacks have many supplies, allowing them to start IVs, intubate people, and provide medication if necessary.
“We anticipated it to be a busy year,” Maisch says. “I think people are doing a pretty good job of staying hydrated to be honest. We haven't seen as many as I kind of personally expected but it's not going to get any colder today.”
Hoopfest fans and athletes have been seeking shelter from the sun. They were drinking water, sitting in the shade, and playing in the water.
The event traditionally is busy for businesses, but with the added heat, some say they saw more foot traffic.
“Definitely our biggest weekend,” says Jacob Miller, owner of Crave. He says in preparation, “we double all our orders. We get ready for all this madness and we love it.”
The PedMeds have some tips too if you're going to be outside this weekend: stay hydrated, stay out of the sun when you can, and don't overdo it.