Fairview’s emergency medical services division has landed the contract to staff all Allianz Field events, allowing us to expand our paramedics and EMTs.
A HealthEast Medical Transportation crew of up to 18 will work about 25 annual full-stadium events – mostly Minnesota United soccer games but also major concerts. A smaller contingent will staff close to 75 partial-stadium events per year.
“Winning a contract like this over two larger and more well-known agencies is huge for us,” says Tom Edminson, Chief of Emergency Medical Services.
On game days, our employees will provide lookout from atop the stadium, run a first aid center, and be positioned to respond quickly from designated areas. They’ll partner with Minnesota United’s staff when players need treatment and with the St. Paul Fire Department if players or spectators need to be taken to a hospital.
Netting the big win
The three-year contract continues an expansion into event coverage that began last summer, when HealthEast Medical Transportation staffed the Minnesota Vikings training camp in Eagan.
The continued partnership with the Vikings helped us land the Allianz Field work after submitting a detailed bid and taking part in a stadium walk-through.
“Our mission with these different opportunities is to turn this into one of the best EMS agencies in the country,” Tom says.
The game plan
In the months leading up to opening day, Tom and his team tackled a host of preparations – from training employees to familiarizing themselves with the facility to testing their communications equipment.
One early simulation opened their eyes to the scale of operating in a professional stadium. With only a couple hundred people chanting and stomping, crew members couldn’t hear each other.
“We trialed different headphones and earpieces, because it’s an extremely loud, close atmosphere,” Tom says. “Overall, it was a lot of work getting set up for go-live.”