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National Ambulance Deploys Team of 70 in Readiness for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

For the fifth consecutive year, emergency medical provider to cover the race

20 Nov 2018

Abu Dhabi, 20 November 2018: For the fifth consecutive year, National Ambulance will be providing emergency medical coverage at this weekend’s Etihad Formula 1 Grand Prix event held at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The emergency medical provider will deploy a team of 70 of its qualified and trained staff and 11 ambulances to ensure the safety of the drivers, support staff and spectators.

National Ambulance, in coordination with Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management and the Automobile Touring Club United Arab Emirates, will be providing the lifesaving emergency support during the Formula One weekend. The emergency medical provider will be deploying a group of specialised rescue extrication trained staff to provide emergency intervention in the case of a crash; along with a team of doctors, paramedics to ensure drivers’ safety. The medical centre will have the ambulances and one helicopter on stand-by, along with a team of a specialised trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists and National Ambulance Critical Care Paramedics, EMTs and a pharmacist to ensure the proper care of the drivers and support staff.  The onsite team will be supported by the Abu Dhabi-based National Ambulance’s dedicated Ambulance Communications Centre and its logistics team.  

National Ambulance CEO, Ahmed Saleh Al Hajeri, said: “This is the fifth consecutive year that National Ambulance has provided emergency medical coverage to the Etihad Formula 1 Grand Prix event. Across the weekend, we will witness excellence in motor sport, which National Ambulance will match in preparedness and quality. Immense planning goes into ensuring that the drivers and the hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world are provided with the highest level of emergency medical cover by our highly qualified and trained emergency medical team.“ 

Besides providing emergency medical cover for the 2018 Formula Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, National Ambulance operates an all-year-round emergency medical station at the Yas Marina Circuit site. The station supports the variety of activities that take place at the circuit (including entertainment, motorsport and regular community health and fitness initiatives) which attracted a million visitors last year.

National Ambulance is the ambulance service provider in the Northern Emirates. Through the dedicated 998 emergency ambulance number and NA998 smart application, National Ambulance provides emergency pre-hospital care to the general public across the Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah. National Ambulance also provides onsite emergency medical coverage and support across the emirate of Abu Dhabi. This includes short and long term contracts to cover high profile events, patient transfer and continuous onsite emergency medical support.