RENO, NV - Just seconds after the Galloping Ghost crashed into a crowd of spectators Friday, emergency crews were already in motion.
“You have to go to work in a methodical mode or nobody's going to get any help out there,” responds REMSA’s Brian Taylor when asked what was going through his mind when it first happened.
He says that was a time for action not emotion.
Responders put hours, often years, of training to work.
That includes unseen dispatchers, who called in resources from surrounding counties, comforting distraught callers and coordinating transport of critically wounded patients.
They trained with police, fire, and medical crews for this type of response just a few months ago in a drill called "Broken Wing"
“We did triage, treatment and transport of all those patients as if they were completely real and it was an actual incident,” says Taylor.
But even rigorous training can't fully prepare responders for the emotional impact of a crash like this.
“There were a large number of critical patients,” says EMS Director Kevin Romero, “and because of that it's going to take a long time to heal the wounds mentally.”
The emergency response is done, but for many the emotional response is just beginning.
Now, Brian Taylor says, it's time to offer help to the heroes of that day.
“They're going to be dealing with this for a long time to come, and we stand ready to support them mentally, physically and whatever it takes for our personnel to get better.”