Ambulances not required at New Mexico high school football games

Ambulances not required at New Mexico high school football games


IT WAS A SEEMINGLY ROUTINE TACKLE IN A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME. BUT THEN THE PLAYER DIDN’T GET UP. WHILE THERE WERE TRAINERS AT THE GAME — THERE WAS NO AMBULANCE. NEWS 13’S ALEX GOLDSMITH IS LIVE AT WILSON STADIUM WITH THE STORY. JESSICA, HITS LIKE THE ONE THAT LED TO THIS INJURY HAPPEN ALL THE TIME. SO WHY WASN’T THE AMBULANCE HERE ALREADY? WE LOOKED INTO IT. SATURDAY AFTERNOON — WILSON STADIUM. BLOOMFIELD HOLDING ONTO A SLIM LEAD, PUNTING THE BALL TO HOPE CHRISTIAN. YOU CAN SEE ADAM AGUIRRE, NUMBER 21 COME FLYING IN TO MAKE THE TACKLE. 11:50 hold the ball hold the ball 11:52 ON THE REPLAY, YOU CAN SEE AGUIRRE’S NECK TWIST AS HE MAKES THE HIT. AFTER THAT — HE STAYED DOWN. TRAINERS RUSHED OUT TO HELP HIM. 9-1-1 IS CALLED… MINUTES TICK BY… ELEVEN MINUTES AFTER THE HIT — A-F-D PARAMEDICS ARRIVE… AN AMBULANCE SHOWS UP 15 MINUTES AFTER THE PLAYER WENT DOWN.. AGUIRRE IS LOADED UP ONTO A STRETCHER, ROLLED OFF. 23:33 crowd clapping AND LOADED INTO THE AMBULANCE. BLOOMFIELD’S COACH TELLS US AGUIRRE WILL BE OKAY…. BUT THAT’S NOT ALWAYS HOW THESE STORIES END. THIRTEEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS DIED LAST SEASON NATIONWIDE EITHER DURING A GAME OR PRACTICE. IN PART BECAUSE OF THAT… parks 3:05 We do have at least one ambulance attend every game 3:09 THAT’S N-M-A-A BOARD PRESIDENT T-J PARKS — BUT HE’S TALKING ABOUT HOBBS — WHERE HE’S THE SUPERINTENDENT. BUT THERE USUSALLY ISN’T AN AMBULANCE AT GAMES IN ALBUQUERQUE — AN ISSUE HE BROUGHT UP AT A BOARD MEETING BACK IN JUNE. parks 3:50 I just went in with the assumption and I was wrong 3:53 I had assumed everyone had an ambulance there because of what I’d observed in the past 3:58 N-M-A-A POLICY DOESN’T REQUIRE E-M-T’S TO ATTEND FOOTBALL GAMES IN THE STATE… ONLY THAT THEY BE ON CALL. A-P-S TELLS US THERE IS A PHYSICIAN AT EVERY ONE OF THEIR VARSITY GAMES IN ADDITION TO THE TRAINING STAFF — BUT THE DISTRICT CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVE AMBULANCES AT EVERY GAME. WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT CHANGING THE RULES STATEWIDE — NOTHING IS IMMINENT. 4:52 I would say as of right now the policy meets its needs 4:57 IN A LOT OF SMALLER TOWNS AROUND NEW MEXICO WHERE THERE’S LESS GOING ON — EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME TO PARK OUT AT THE FIELD. HERE IN ALBUQUERQUE THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY GAMES AND AMBULANCES ARE TOO BUSY FOR THAT. BACK TO YOU. OKAY ALEX. THE STATE COULD ALSO MAKE CHANGES. JUST THIS YEAR — LAWMAKERS INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF TIME A PLAYER HAS TO SIT OUT FOLLOWING A CONCUSSION FROM A WEEK … TO TEN DAYS.

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