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HGH to oversee medical service at Burning Man
Jun 22, 2011 | 681 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

WINNEMUCCA —Humboldt General Hospital’s EMS Rescue Department will join forces with Black Rock City LLC to provide medical services on the Black Rock Desert over Labor Day weekend.

Burning Man 2011 will take place from Aug. 29 through Sept. 5 about 70 miles northwest of Winnemucca.

The event, which organizers say is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance, attains status as one of Nevada’s largest cities for one week each year.

“With more than 48,000 people, there is an obvious need for a wide range of medical services,” said Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services Rescue Director Pat Songer. “We feel confident that our competent, compassionate skill set will be a great complement to Black Rock City’s ESD.”

The Black Rock City Emergency Services Department oversees medical, fire, mental health and communications services at the makeshift city. Earlier this spring, HGH EMS Rescue signed a five-year contract with Burning Man officials to provide a municipal style EMS system much like those in most other cities in the United States.

Not only will HGH EMS Rescue provide advanced life-support ambulance service anywhere within Black Rock City, but Songer said his group will staff a medical clinic that will be open 24/7 during the entirety of the event and handle all ground to Reno hospitals.

For more information on Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue’s partnership with Black Rock City LLC to provide medical services during Burning Man 2011, contact HGH EMS Rescue Director Pat Songer at 775-623-5222, ext. 260.

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