- The best is when people do not need us
Halfway through the event, the Red Cross Help Corps report that there have been no serious incidents and they are crossing their fingers for an injury- free World Championship.
Story by Thomas Abrahamsen
Since May, Bergen Red Cross Help Corps has planned and trained on the safety of bike racing. The Corps has received help from other local teams from all over Bergen to contribute enough staff. They have 150 volunteers, with 50 volunteers on duty each day divided into eight teams. This also includes a boatmen who is ready if someone falls into the sea. In total, the contribution from the Red Cross is about 3000 volunteer hours.
- Our first aid volunteers will be very visible in the cityscape throughout the World Championships. We will help with everything from lifesaving to treating blisters. Fortunately, there have been no serious incidents and we keep our fingers crossed for the rest of the week, says Sondre Langenes, operations manager in Bergen Red Cross.
Red Cross Help Corps is not alone in the security and medical set up for the Championships. Through an interaction center it cooperates with the other emergency operators
for the World Championships. Considering the good cooperation between the various emergency organisations this shows that Bergen has mastered handling such a large event, says Langenes.
Ask the audience to respect the roadblocks
In order for the event to continue incident-free, the Red Cross asks the spectators to follow the road set up for their safety.
- We have seen some almost-accidents happen when people have ignored the roadblocks. These are there for a reason. We hope the spectators can respect these for the rest of the event.
Since we expect more people this weekend, we also encourage parents to write their names and phone numbers on their children's arms in case they should become lost in the crowds.
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