Proper Equipment, Trained Personnel and Solid Communications
These are the three primary categories that define a good emergency management system. RACE FOR SAFETY is developing gear and training programs in all three categories.
Much of the conventional safety equipment used in Desert Racing has not caught up with the potential hazards! For example, most racers currently carry first aid kits that are only adequate for treating minor injuries and discomforts. Trust me, you don't want to find out too late that you wish you had something better. We have assembled three levels of Racer First Aid Kits (R-FAKs) specifically designed for the extreme challenges and dangers that racers and riders can encounter.
Our designs draw from the most up-to-date civilian and military equipment and experiences. Our kits are based on the modern US Military Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK). The injuries sustained by a soldier from an improvised explosive device (IED) are very similar to those sustained by a dirt-bike rider who hits a boulder at 85mph!
In the Marine Corps Infantry, we never went into harm's way without our IFAKs and we trained extensively on how to use them. In the accident last year, I found out the hard way that the same should be true for Desert Racers. Having one of these kits on scene could have helped me significantly increase Mark's chances of survival! In a Desert Racing emergency, just like in combat, proper gear and training is the difference between life and death.
Stay tuned for our YouTube training tutorials on the contents and use of these kits.
The RACE FOR SAFETY medical team consists of trauma-trained and combat experienced personnel. Their knowledge and skills are instrumental in the development of this project. They will also be on site, at the race, to provide emergency medical support and consultation on improvements to our programs.
The expert RACE FOR SAFETY medical team is drafting the programs and materials for our training series on effective emergency communication, the use of our Racer First Aid Kits, and other important emergency response procedures.
Solid communication and reliable information are essential to managing an emergency situation. Our team is taking a scientific approach to testing several different products to determine which ones excel in: verbal communication, tracking, and navigation. Our test results will help Desert Racers choose the right equipment and will also encourage companies to improve their products.
RACE FOR SAFETY is developing YouTube training tutorials to teach racers emergency communications skills and encourage standardization of protocols.