Thursday March 5th through Sunday March 8th, 2015 Arnold Festival Weekend Countdown

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Brian F. Griffin, MD
Co-Chairman, Arnold Classic Medical Committee
Executive Medical Director, Arnold Expo Medical Team
Joy L. Griffin, RN, BSN
Event Coordinator
Jackie Kon
Executive Assistant
Joan Tennerelli
Administrative Assistant
Rachel N. Griffin
Director of Public Relations
Jeff Bergmann, EMT-B, Ham operator
Continuous Improvement Coordinator
Josh Stevens
Amateur Radio Coordinator
Paul Copenhefer, EMT-P
EMS Coordinator

THE ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL: The next Arnold Sports Festival will have approximately 20,000 plus athletes. The vast majority of these will be at the Convention Center and Battelle Hall (The Arnold Expo). Both The Arnold Expo (Martial Arts, grappling, gymnastics, table tennis, center stage, expo booths, fencing, crossfit, dancing, etc) and The Arnold Classic (body building, weight lifting, strong man, etc.) fall under the auspices of The Arnold Fitness Weekend. There will be 50 events at 9 sites with folks from 80 countries.

THE MEDICAL TEAM: There has been much preparation to assure that the athletes and staff will have a great time and stay safe. Though every precaution has been taken it is a reality that there will be injuries amongst these intense top performers and the medical team will be there to assist them. Ham operators, physicians, medical students, nurses, medical assistants, medics, administrative people and Boy Scouts from the area, especially Troops 843 and 428, will be there in force. These individuals make up the medical team and are COMPLETELY volunteer. Approximately 300 such volunteers will work about 2500+ man-woman hours in an attempt to prevent injury and assist if injury occurs. We owe them a debt of gratitude!

EMS on-site plays a key role in assisting the medical team supplying us with personnel and medic vehicles, advanced cardiac life support equipment, medical supplies, radios and performs hospital transports when needed. In the past we have had some great assistance from Rural Metro and then MedCorp. Now, we welcome Columbus Fire Department EMS to our Arnold family. They are gracious, expert and willing to go out of their way to assist the Medical Team in any way they can. They already have had a presence at the Greater Columbuse Convention Center (GCCC) to "cover" the spectators and they will now assist us in the care of the injured athletes (ALS & transport). We are grateful for their participation.

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