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AMR: At the state fair every hour the fair is open

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The Mississippi State Fair is well into its second week in the Capital City. While tens of thousands come through every day, a handful of people end up with injuries ranging from the occasional scrape to something much more.

“There are a lot of people here, but there's a lot of cops, sheriff's deputies, things like that around, so I feel very safe,” said Edwards resident Cady Scott.

Dozens of members of law enforcement keep a close eye on what goes on at the Mississippi State Fair, and they're not the only ones.

“AMR is here every hour that the fair is open to the public, from open to close,” said AMR spokesman Jim Pollard. “That's 149 hours this year.”

One of the biggest challenges for AMR paramedics and EMTs is the fair's midway, too crowded to drive through, especially on peak days.

“This is like a small city with a great deal more foot traffic and a lot more kids,” said Pollard.

So they go behind the food stands and prize booths, using a network of service roads to get from one end of the fair to the other in a safe manner.

And they do so on what looks like a golf cart-turned-mini-ambulance, which even has an onboard stretcher.

What kind of injuries do they see?  Pollard said stumbles and falls, for the most part. He said that's partly due to the cables that snake their way throughout the fairgrounds.

“We'll see a lot of folks who have a medical crisis because, in many instances, they didn't stay on their medications or they simply pushed themselves too far,” said Pollard.

Pollard said those trained professionals are a 911 call away, which makes fairgoers like Will Crossley feel better about their visit.

“We have about thirty-five kids out here today, and they're enjoying themselves,” Crossley said. “We have no concerns. There's plenty of security here, and we're very comfortable.”

The medi-cart and ambulance remain on standby for now, ready for whatever may come.

“I'm scared to get on the rides, because if I got on the rides, you most definitely would need a paramedic,” said Tiffany Collins.

Pollard adds that the state fair has seen a few hot days this week, and reminds those who attend to drink plenty of fluids, reducing the risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

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