LAFD Responds to 200+ Emergencies at 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles

Sunday, June 27, 2010 |

Electric Daisy Carnival 2010. Click to learn more...
During the June 25-26, 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, a large rave-type music and entertainment event at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, dozens of strategically placed LAFD personnel responded to 226 on-site medical emergencies and coordinated transport of 114 persons to area hospitals, mostly through the use of event-contracted commercial ambulance services.

No specifics are presently available regarding the age, gender, condition or affiliation of the ill and injured.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is not offering an official attendance estimate for the two-day gathering, and was not made aware of any pre-hospital loss of life associated with the event.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

33 comments:

Harmonica Virgin said...

Thanks, LAFD, for providing your services at EDC this weekend. A lot of things can go wrong at any large-scale event, and it was comforting to know that personnel were available for whatever emergency might arise. Glad to see you there, but I'm glad I didn't need you. :) I hope everyone treated you well this weekend.

Scott P said...

KFI news at 7am reported basically what is in the first paragraph-- leaving listeners wondering, "How do hundreds of people get injured at a carnival? A ride collapsed? Trampled in a stampede? Fights, food poisoning, or a fire?"
I'm not sure what purpose this vague report serves.
Now that I've looked up what the "Electric Daisy Carnival" is, I'll make a wild guess that drugs are involved in a good portion of the cases. But even a general overview-- "injuries such as..."-- would be better than leaving people to guess.

Anonymous said...

Is this normal for an event of this size or was there some accident? Can't find much in the news.

Tosh said...

Most of them were kids that probably took really pure ecstasy for the first time and it overwhelmed them.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Humphrey,
First and foremost let me express my thanks to you and the members of the LAFD for their service and dedication to the community. I believe I speak on behalf of many when I say we appreciate all that you do for us and the efforts behind your hard work as a department.
However, I must say that I am surprised and disappointed by this posting. As a friend of someone who was taken to the hospital during this event, I can personally vouch for the fact that the people who first responded to help my friend, the ones who took her to the ambulance, and the ambulance that took her to the hospital all were not members nor employees of LAFD. I spoke with several employees of first aid there and found that the majority of the first aid/medical personnel and ambulances were not members nor employees of LAFD. However, your posting leads many to believe that members of LAFD were the only ones who responded to all the incidents, and handled the majority, if not all, of the incidents.
I am disappointed that LAFD, a department with such tradition and such high standards would instantly put out a statement taking full credit for all the work put in during the event (let's face it, everyone knows first aid/medical is very busy during Electric Daisy).
Although I do recognize and appreciate the hard work of your department during Electric Daisy, I do believe it is only right that credit be given where it is due, and that the public know that many others who are not members of LAFD were a part of this event.
Thank you for your time and service.

rjbemtp said...

Wow...LAFD used all their own resources for all these responces and 114 transports? Thats awesome!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Harmonica Virgin,

You are welcome. We're pleased to have offered what services we could - as part of a larger overall effort to keep people safe at the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Scott P,

Thanks for the note. Though I included a clickable hyperlink from my initial 2:35AM posting to the official Electric Daisy Carnival website, I can see where it was not adequately descriptive of the event on face value.

As such, I have added the descriptive "large rave-type music and entertainment event" to the text above and LAFD syndication feeds.

Scott, our single-person staffing at the LAFD Media Desk had me writing the initial release 20 hours into a frightfully busy work shift without break or rest.

Clearly, the quality of my work suffers under such a harsh schedule, and I apologize for not offering more descriptive terminology about the Electric Daisy Carnival from the outset.

Again, thanks for your candid feedback.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:28,

As intimated above by others and hopefully clarified in my updates mentioned to Scott P. above, this "carnival" was a large rave-type music and entertainment event with the potential for a six-figure attendance over two days.

There were no catastrophic events, and the multitude of illness and injuries seen by responders was not atypical for an event in which recreational drug use can be widespread.

I hope this helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 10:46,

Though I could not approve your impolite and vulgarity filled comments for publication, you stated...

..."YOU GUYS RUINED THE EVENT FOR SO MANY PEOPLE! SHUTTING THE MAIN STAGE DOWN BEFORE DARK BOTH DAYS"...

Your accusation toward the Los Angeles Fire Department is without merit.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Tosh,

As pre-hospital care providers, we regretfully have no way of knowing *exactly* what partygoers may have consumed. Come to think of it, often neither do they .

Our advice?

Whether over-the-counter or illicit substances...

The best place for a discussion to start is with your personal physician.

After speaking candidly with a doctor, we encourage a similarly frank discussion with a licensed pharmacist, who can help one understand the importance nuances of quality control not seen in someone's bathtub 'lab' (or worse, folks sometimes 'sharing use' of fixtures other than the bathtub to create substances!).

Our suggestion?

Stay clean and sober, enjoy the music, and remain in a state where you can always make smart choices, real friendships and genuine memories!

While we can't reverse or necessarily treat the many effects routinely seen with Ecstasy, we do encourage those experiencing or witnessing a medical emergency to call us at 9-1-1 as quickly as possible.

What we can do often depends on the timeliness of our efforts. So please never delay in getting yourself or others timely emergency medical care.


Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

So stupid, the people in the riot/break-in are just proving the rave haters out there right.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 3:27,

I appreciate your kind and purposeful writing, and can assure you there was no intent to besmirch the contributions of countless employees, contractors and volunteers who came to the aid of those in need at this year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles.

I can sadly only offer what information I am provided, and if there was perchance a PIO (Public Information Officer) from a commercial ambulance service on site, they were MIA. Hopefully we can work together to change that in the future.

Before I go on, we want to extend our best wishes to your friend, who is hopefully recovering well from the illness or injury that required her to be taken by ambulance from the event.

As intimated above, the purpose of my initial posting - produced under suboptimal conditions, was to offer a bridge from the LAFD Incident Commander, Assistant Chief Craig Fry, to the global media who were clamoring for statistics and affirmation regarding death and injury.

With potentially devastating rumors running rampant ("they are carrying out dozens of dead people") and our media desk phones ringing off the hook for hours, it was essential that pertinent negatives as well some general statistical information (if not a full roster of players) be forthcoming from ours, a public agency with chartered responsibility for life safety at that venue.

That is not to say that there were scores of unnamed and unidentified entities, sadly none of which would provide PIO's to work with or join me for a requisite 2:15 AM conference call prior to filing the admittedly generic information on the newswire.

With no Joint Information Center established for this event (a decision that happens way above my paygrade), I was left to speak at the conclusion of the event with a very basic statement from my agency's perspective.

I am pleased to offer an apology to anyone who feels we were taking credit for their efforts - as such was not now or ever intended.

As a result of your comments, I have added "coordinated transport of 114 persons to area hospitals, mostly through the use of event-contracted commercial ambulance services" to the text above and LAFD syndication feeds.

I hope this simple verbiage will assuage your most pressing concerns until more specific information can be obtained.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

LAFD had really very little to do with the patient contacts. I would know, i was one of the privately employed medics working EDC. Most of the city employees were working at the command post. There were a few out in the thick of it... but most of it was all done by privately employed individuals that are getting paid squat...or not getting paid at all like myself. Anyway, thank you all my other brother / sister EMS personal that were out there.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

J,

Your lengthy unpublished comments regarding the actions of Police Officers [emphasis added] should be directed to our friends at the LAPD. Their website is:

lapdonline.org

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

rjbemtp,

Thanks for the note. We're not averse to sarcasm, especially when we fail to communicate clearly :)

As mentioned above, the verbiage "...transport of 114 persons to area hospitals, mostly through the use of event-contracted commercial ambulance services." has been added to the text above and LAFD syndication feeds.

I hope this helps address your concerns.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:12,

Thanks for sharing your firsthand view of volunteering to provide Emergency Medical Services at such an enormous event. We're sure you are one of many who made a meaningful contribution.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Stephen K. Peeples said...

Brian, as the online editor of a daily newspaper who also monitors the comments and blogs, I commend you for the excellent job you're doing, based on the thread above. You remain the voice of reason. Hope your superiors appreciate your work as well.

dizi izle said...

So stupid, the people in the riot/break-in are just proving the rave haters out there right.

Anonymous said...

While many "shows" provide contracted first aid or higher medical personal to events. For example Dodger stadium provides a MD that is usually ER trained with a couple of nurses and two or three private ambulance crews and for the most part they do handle a majority of the needed care. The LAFD, by law, still is responsible for the EMS of the City of LA. The same for the rave. Most events only hire BLS (basic life support), and the experience of the crews can vary from none to several years.(I know, I used to work for a company that did EMS for events.) The LAFD is there mainly for ALS (advanced life support). As a member of the LAFD that has worked at many special events, we will usually let the contracted company handle as much as they can before stepping in. This allows the LAFD to not take away from the local community that is still needing the service of LAFD. I like that people are trying to learn how the LAFD and other agencies work.

gideon said...

I like to Thank Both L.A.F.D and the L.A.P.D for the out standing work seen this weekend at Electric Daisy Carnival.

Many things not expected happen and
a tragic accident by a irresponsible
being. I have never felt so safe
participating at a event like I did
this weekend at EDC. I know that this type of event is uncommon and it takes a lot of precise expertise to manage public safety and well being.

I am happy and prefer the guidance of the L.A.F.D & L.A.P.D I am writing for the Major contribution that they make to our community and wish that they find ways to make our experiences better and safer in the future.

I am one of the 185,000 that made it home safely that night and I am here to thank you!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Peeples,

Thank you for your kind words. They mean more than you know.

In 2004, when the LAFD began this blog that encouraged comments, we were resoundingly condemned within government and public safety circles as "losing our perspective" - as if government were somehow above those we are proudly sworn to serve.

Dare I say (nearly six years later), that our time spent on-line *listening* to our stakeholders has been among the most rewarding aspects of my career as a public servant.

Though precious few members of the LAFD visit this blog, I am trustful that they understand the extreme honor I am provided in communicating on their behalf.

Please keep up your great work at The Signal, a daily must read for many that strongly influences our perception of community oriented news.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dizi Izle,

We think all right-minded people will agree that the 'gate-crashing' behavior so prominently featured in the mainstream news was highly unsafe and broadly tarnishing.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 7:55,

Thanks for visiting the LAFD News & Information blog. It is gratifying when a member of our agency visits the site, and even more rewarding when they participate.

As you so clearly explain, there is often much to be learned by all who attend and serve at large public events.

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Gideon,

Your words of appreciation are humbling. We're glad you felt safe at the event. As both mentioned and inferred above, all of us are in a constant learning environment.

In regard to your mention...

"...a tragic accident by a irresponsible being."

We can agree with the tragic, but will confess not knowing enough at this time to call any one person irresponsible - or the loss of life a simple accident.

There are simply (and sadly) too many factors unknown to us, but to which we trust the Coroner's Office and Police Investigators will be able to uncover and share in the interest of public safety.

Until then, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the many who were - and some who continue to be hospitalized.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

LAFD personnel developed an incident action plan, implemented the IC system and handled what was basically a large multi-casualty incident. Yes private resources did transport patients, but they did so under the supervision and evaluation of the LAFD and only were allowed to transport stable patients. There is no need for any of the private EMS personnel to have had their feelings hurt, as all of us worked well together, but again the LAFD was ultimately responsible for and in charge of the incident.

Events such as these should not be allowed. The City should examine this event and the tragic outcome (death of a 15 year old). Do we really need to have events that sponsor and glorify drug use?

Anonymous said...

See what you do not understand is that these type events are happening and been going on since back in the Disco days "The 70's" We as a music community have been doing these type events fro decades. Now, if you ban our music and not allow us to use our resources for safety then the alternative is to go underground and that's where the Danger is.

Un monitor and extremely dangerous locations. The LAFD and the LAPD did a extraordinary job of managing all the people that attended 2 days of festivities. These issues with consumption of narcotics and crowed control are and always will be a issue, what needs to take place is education.

Unfortunately death of a 15 year old occur We morn the situation and really check the negative outcome of our behavior. This type situation would happen at any place at home at a prom etc. It just happen to be she went to edc and it happen. we have to learn and create education, holding it back and making it wrong will only create dangerous methods of partying.

We cant prevent drug use that we have learned with D.A.R.E but it thought us and kept us present to the reality of the outcomes. These kids will always will go for what's in fashion and dare-devilish fun. get present to our times its all over the internet.

I agree the city needs to examine and create programs and ways of making any type of event safe. We are a community and part of the city and we are requesting the help.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 2:13,

We heartily concur that frank and forthright discussion (including recent concerns) must take place between stakeholders and policymakers before another event of this magnitude and genre occurs in Los Angeles.


Anonymous 9:47,

Thanks for sharing thoughts which not only convey a diversity of public opinion, but also subtle challenges facing our community as a whole.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

All,

Please remember that your comments must be polite and specific to the topic at hand - regardless of opinion.

Kindly address the issue(s) and offer your personal viewpoint as passionately as you please. Ad hominem attacks on other commenters is truly non-productive and will not be approved.

Your comments should be able to stand on their own merit without a need to attack the viewpoint or persona of another.

Oh.. and please keep the verbiage family friendly. OK? Thanks!

Write on!!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

What is the name of the company contracted to do the EMS at the rave?? BLS or ALS. Paid or volunteers?

How many LAFD resources were assigned to the rave, taking those units away from the public?

Will the people running the rave be responsible for ambulance billing, if the patients can not or do not pay??

If not, why not?

Anonymous said...

Since I was alive in the disco days, although young. I do not remember 12,13,15, and 16 year old kids out all night dressed in bikinis. High on drugs and at the mercy of whoever finds them.

I think the LAFD and LAPD must charge for the extra resources needed at such events. Or don't grant the permit.

Age limit of 18 or 21 should be put on an event like this. The parents of these childern should also be looked at.

Anonymous said...

Hello Everyone, Please contact the Company and request to stop these parties. Also LAFD should sent Insomniac a bill for services at the rave. This wasted valuable LAFD resources.

Contact Info:
Insomniac Inc., 11684 Ventura Blvd. Suite 813, Studio City, 91604

Harmonica Virgin said...

You know, a lot of people here are making ridiculous errors in thinking. It is not an EVENT that causes injuries; it is morons like the gate-breakers. I have been to a ton of electronica events, and the worst injury I ever suffered was a blister.

You people need to stop being so histrionic and unreasonable and THINK! THINK! THINK!

I had a letter to the editor printed in the LA Times last Thursday regarding the infantile reasoning that people are using regarding EDC. Nobody died because of a rave. People were hurt because they lacked parental supervision, were around the minority of utter morons who were gate-crashing, or were using substances in a completely uneducated way. This has nothing to do with Insomniac. Insomniac put on a concert, they didn't tell people to gate-break or use drugs. This has to do with a minority of people being irresponsible.

If you don't want events to exist where there is the possibility of injury, you better stop driving. And eating for that matter. People die doing these activities every day.

Stop your witch hunt and be reasonable.

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