L.A.'s 'Hard Summer Music Festival' Sends Sixteen to Hospital

Sunday, August 07, 2011 |

LOS ANGELES - A total of thirty-one persons required medical attention during an overnight music festival near Chinatown.

Hard Summer Music Festival 2010 by Caesar Sebastian. Used under Creative Commons License via Flickr. Click to learn more...
Image of 2010 HARD Summer Music Festival
by Caesar Sebastian
The Saturday, August 6, 2011 HARD Summer Music Festival, advertised more than twenty-five acts appearing on a quartet of stages between 6:00PM and 2:00AM at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, a mile northeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center.

More than two-dozen Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, including LAFD Bicycle Medic Teams were strategically deployed across the 32 acre site for more than ten hours, allowing quick and effective response to the thirty-one persons needing emergency medical services, sixteen of whom were taken to area hospitals by ambulance. Details regarding the age, gender, condition, affiliation and circumstances of those who suffered illness or injury was not immediately available.

The Fire Department did not formally estimate festival attendance, and is not aware of any pre-hospital loss of life at or near the venue.

LAFD Battalion Chief Michael Bowman was quick to credit months of pre-event planning and the Unified Command of local, regional and State officials onsite. He acknowledged the importance of private sector involvement, including that of event organizers, and offered special praise for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which established a special schedule for Metro subway and light rail lines to serve festival attendees.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has already commenced planning for a future event by organizers of Saturday's festival, the HARD Haunted Mansion, which is scheduled for October 28-29, 2011 at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall south of downtown Los Angeles.

Dispatched Units: CT1 CT2 EM720 RA3 RA9 RA2 EM2 EM722 BC739 RA10 RA20 RA2 RA9

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hard Fest was a joke! Dirty, disorganized, horrible service. People on meth running around like psychos!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 1:45,

Thanks for visiting the LAFD News & Information blog. Because our focus was on public safety, we strongly encourage you to contact event organizers directly to discuss your concerns. You can find their contact information at:

hardfest.com

If there were any shortcomings or accolades attributable to the Los Angeles Fire Department, please let us know.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friends of the LAFD,

Please know that we don't approve comments that are impolite - or that are primarily focused upon or clearly argumentative with the comments of another person.

If you have something to say relative to the event, especially with a focus on the Los Angeles Fire Department, please offer it as your opinion or belief without disparaging or denegrating others.

In essence: be polite and in a family friendly manner, build up your own point of view without expressly tearing down the opinion of others. We want to know what you think - not how others are somehow wrong.

OK? Thanks!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

They banned insomniac events and go ventures in los Angeles but not hard events? Is hard going to speak up about the person who got stabbed at the event cause I think that's just as violent as the girl who died of a overdose last year at edc. Just saying...

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 4:43,

Thanks for the note. We are not aware of those organizers [emphasis] being outright "banned" within the City of Los Angeles. We remain under the impression that each and every event proposal is considered individually by the myriad agencies involved (such approval is not a unilateral decision by our agency). If we are somehow mistaken, please let us know.

Also... if you feel there is some manner of fraud, waste or abuse by any City of Los Angeles agency, we encourage you to contact the Office of the City Controller immediately.

Thanks for politely sharing your opinion.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Do the event organizers pay the LAFD for the all of the resorces dedicated to this event? If not, it seems to be an incredible waste of taxpayers money and dangerous to those who live in the area who may risk the delay of care due to all of these ambulances tied up at the event.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 3:14,

While I don't have the documents for this festival in hand (at five minutes to 4AM in our office), it is indeed customary for those arranging special events - we have many citywide year-round, to discuss and formally address the issue of remuneration with LAFD management.

A perfect example is LAFD's extra deployment for the recent closure of the 405 Freeway, which was compensated by transportation officials.

In any case, the personnel assigned to this particular event - like the others, utilized a low-ratio of uniformed LAFD personnel who were mostly (example: Bicycle Medic Teams) assigned from off-duty on an overtime basis.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Why was alcohol stopped being served at 11:00 PM? It seems like a good idea to have a legal alternative to taking ecstasy or other drugs, like having a few drinks. But instead, I was turned away from the bar at 11pm on a Saturday night. Was this an event rule, or did the LAPD or LAFD shut down the alcohol early. Would they rather have everybody take extasy over drinking? Who wants to be locked in a music festival on a saturday night with no access to alcoholic beverages. Talk about frustrating after paying $70 for a ticket.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 1:42,

As the Fire Department (not involved with such decisions!), we don't have an answer as to why or when the on-site bars stopped serving alcoholic beverages.

We're sorry to hear about your frustration, and hope that event organizers (e.g. HARD Productions) will be able to offer an official answer for you.

We're glad you got home safely. Please always celebrate responsibly!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Brian Humphrey,
I love your responses. Clever, clear, polite and very entertaining.
Thank you.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:11,

Well... it's been a hectic few days in our office, and your note comes at a most welcome albeit surprising time.

While your kind words are indeed appreciated, I can't help but think that I could and should have been more clear & polite - if not clever and entertaining :)

Though a summation of my thanks should be posted right about *here*, I feel much more strongly about extending my appreciation to you and others for being readers of our LAFD News & Information blog.

So thanks for stopping by, and please never hesitate to share what's on your mind good, bad or perplexing.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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