Puttinu Cares Football Marathon – May 2013

July 9, 2013 in Newsletters

Another successful Puttinu Cares football marathon has drawn to a close and with it the Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit’s first aid and fire cover duty. Over 60 hours (between 3rd and 5th May), the EFRU saw to the safety of the event round-the-clock, having a team of first aiders available for any eventualities. This was a challenge for the volunteers themselves: staying awake for long hours and enduring the heat of the sun during the day. However, the effort paid off, as witnessed by the numerous cases that the team took care of. This yearly commitment is part of the EFRU’s Community Assistance Program through which the unit helps charitable and youth organisations in their events by providing basic fire and first aid awareness as well performing rescue demonstrations.

The environment of the football marathon, in itself, presents several hazards which may lead to injuries – in fact, the EFRU first aid team faced mild injuries like sprains, ankle twists, abrasions and superficial cuts, as well as more serious ones like dislocated elbows, broken fingers, neck injuries, concussions and even a suspected spinal injury and suspected heart attack. The EFRU first aid team was backed up by the presence of a doctor – also an active member of the unit – who was able to provide better guidance for the more serious cases. That being said however, these cases were still referred to Mater Dei hospital and the EFRU ambulance made several trips to hospital. For this event, the EFRU availed itself of a second ambulance kindly loaned to the unit by Kevin Gauci and manned by volunteers from the Government Ambulance Garage Section.

Despite the fact that there were a significant number of first aid cases, there is no cause for alarm, especially considering the huge amount of people that participated in, or visited, the football marathon at some point. However, the general public is encouraged to be careful so as to avoid mishaps. A case in point is for spectators to avoid stopping to observe near the goalposts, especially if they have young children, both in pushchairs or carried by them.

The EFRU management wishes to thank all volunteers who attended and helped during the event and actively looks forward to next year’s edition of the Puttinu Cares Football Marathon.

Joe Bonnici
EFRU Rescue Volunteer