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First responders prepare for concert at Autzen

"Everybody on the larger team is to make sure people can have a great concert, but also a safe concert."

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 9:50 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 10:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Summer brings a lot of fun to Eugene and it's kicking off with a big concert this Saturday.

Grateful Dead fans are returning to Autzen Stadium this Saturday for the Dead & Company concert.

The Clinical Care Coordinator at White Bird Clinic, Kate Gillespie, said they'll be providing crisis and medical assistance at the event.

She said they'll have a volunteer from each of those fields paired up and walking around the venue. Plus, there will be care stations set up. Gillespie said that way, they can evaluate people in a holistic manner.

"People have all sorts of different experiences when they're at big shows and sometimes anxiety comes up and that can be partnered with a medical problem. People sometimes forget to drink enough water so dehydration happens," said Gillespie.

Eugene Springfield Fire will have four ambulances on standby as well, in case anyone has to be taken to the emergency room.

Deputy Fire Chief Chris Heppel said they expect between 30,000 to 35,000 people to show up, and a few thousand more outside the stadium.

"Imagine relocating a small city to one destination for just an evening," said Heppel. He said they'll also have a brush truck ready to respond.

"It's not uncommon we'll get that spilled barbecue that starts a small round fire or even catches an awning on fire on an RV. It's also not uncommon to get vehicle fires out there as well…and if you can imagine so many cars packed in that small area, one vehicle starting on fire, if we don't get it quickly, can start a whole lot of cars on fire," said Heppel.

He said the dry conditions have them concerned, so they're asking people to be careful.

You also have to be careful about what you bring to the concert. University of Oregon Police Department Spokesperson Kelly McIver said people attending the concert can only bring a small bag. There's a list of prohibited items, to see that list click here.

"It's all the things you'd expect like weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia but there's quite a few other things that are on there," said McIver. "Everybody on the larger team is to make sure people can have a great concert, but also a safe concert."

The crew with the White Bird Clinic is made up of all volunteers, so the proceeds they receive from this event goes towards programs to help people in need.

Tickets are still available for the concert, click here for more information.

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