First Medical Response of Texas: Planning for Medical Standby Services at Fiesta Oyster Bake is No Cake Walk

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First Medical Response of Texas, based in San Antonio, is providing the emergency medical standby service for one of San Antonio’s most cherished Fiesta events: the Fiesta Oyster Bake held annually at St. Mary’s University.

First Medical Response, which was founded in San Antonio in 1995 by Edwin Reyes, has become one of the largest providers of emergency medical standby services in San Antonio and Austin following several years of explosive growth. Last year, the San Antonio entrepreneur and his company won the right to provide the emergency medical standby services for the highly-regarded Fiesta Oyster Bake.

“As a native of San Antonio, it was a long-time goal of mine to become the medical standby provider at the Fiesta Oyster Bake,” admits Edwin Reyes, President of First Medical Response of Texas. “While it was always something my family looked forward to attending every year growing up, now it’s something my company takes very seriously from about January onward. With crowds expected to approach 90,000 at this year’s event, we exercise every precaution possible to make sure any mishaps involving injuries are treated swiftly and competently.”

The kinds of injuries Reyes saw last year were mostly alcohol and heat related, with a few minor cuts from oyster knives. Still, because this spring has been hotter and dryer than normal, Reyes cautions all attendees to stay hydrated and wear sun-friendly clothing like hats and loose-fitting clothing. “We are stocking up on water, hydration IV’s, and ice packs in anticipation of a very hot weekend,” he says. “Our hope is that the moment somebody feels weak or close to passing out they will seek immediate medical attention from one of our dozen or so medical staff working the event.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, extreme heat should be taken very seriously. The CDC reports heat exposure has been directly linked to 8,015 deaths from 1973 through 2003. “Heat stroke is no laughing matter,” cautions Reyes. “That’s why our plans this year include having our medical team staffing three paramedic ambulances, one paramedic staffed medical gator, two medical mountain bikes and one 24 foot air conditioned medical trailer with triage facilities.”

The Fiesta Oyster Bake, which will be held April 8-9 at St. Mary’s University northwest of downtown San Antonio, is still an event Reyes looks forward to every year. His focus, however, will now be more on addressing injuries rather than oysters, which, from Reyes’ perspective, is like having his cake and eating it too.

About First Medical Response of Texas
Since its founding in San Antonio in 1995, First Medical Response of Texas has been providing safety and stand-by medical services for sporting events, fairs, concerts and other public events throughout Austin, San Antonio and Central Texas. Today, First Medial Response of Texas is among the largest independently-owned medical standby ambulance and safety services in Central Texas. For more information about First Medical Response of Texas or the kinds of services it provides, please visit: http://www.firstmedicalresponse.org or call 855-80-EVENT (803-8368).

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