amusement park injury service

Wednesday, March 27, 2002 5:19 PM

A person wants to start a new amuesement park injury service, what kinda impact would this have on the amusement park industry, let's forget about regulations, let's get amusement park workers the skill, of savign a life, then worry about G's. Lets Ed Marky try to slow this down! Check it out here

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 5:49 PM
My home park already does something similar to that on their water attractions.

-----------------'s cheap, and people will wonder what you're up to. :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2002 7:00 PM
Hmm thats intresting. So do you think that this system is working on those water rides and should be explored in depth with other rides?

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 10:30 PM
Sounds like a good idea to me. Parks should consider this as a daily option.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 11:44 AM
I think that right now with all the recent lawsuits at SFGAm this is just what they need. Maybe SFGAm's should start looking at this plan to prevent further problems with protocal in the park.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 1:36 PM

It's a good idea, but I don't think it warrants the creation of an entire company to do it. Basic First Aid and adult CPR would only add about a day to an associates training, but the cost versus how much "value" it adds to the guest expirence isn't worth it to the park in most cases. So most park will train either ride supervisors or security personnel to handle the basic first aid until the EMTs get there, and that is probably gives the best bang for the buck...

As a side note, I was trained by my park in CPR to respond while the EMTs are enroute...


Thursday, March 28, 2002 2:53 PM

They've been trying to market this for a while now. I don't know if they have had any success.

This really doesn't apply to the SFGAm lawsuit. That involved the actions of the parks trained personnel long after they arrived.

Thursday, March 28, 2002 11:26 PM

This does warrant a whole company to do this. It requires a lot of planning, and also requires acute precision.

A day to train workers? Not even close, try WAY less then that...

Just train ride supervisors and security guards? Yes they'll be trained along with everyone else... What if a supervisor isn't around?? Let's say in the parking lot? This isn't just aimed at Ride Op's and people, "in," the park... As far as $$$ viability... not as much as one may think...

You were trained by your park? E-mail me, I'd like to know what park that is... My e-mail address can be found on the link.

Jim who's been trying to market what? Does this apply to the SFGam cases, possibly... but none of us will know... we'll have to wait and see.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 3:26 AM

I think the service is warranted, but I feel that an entire company soley devoted to amusement parks, isn't going to do to well. It is much more cost friendly to the park to have an internal staff member teach First Aid, CPR, etc.. than to hire an outside company to do it.

Besides with so many lawyers and people looking to make a quick buck, any park or person could be sued if the First Aid doesn't go quite as planned. Sure there are Good Sam laws, but there are still people who will sue. I do agree that the need is there to have people trained in first aid, for the first crucial minutes of an injury.

I was trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED by my park (PKI), and they did a fine job. The people in the parking lot are also trained in First Aid, CPR, etc... I was trained by a park manage who was a certified trainer, and was certified soley for this purpose.

The whole training proccess is about a day long, with a day being 8hrs... CPR training is about 3-3.5hrs, First Aid is another 2-2.5hrs, Throw in an hour or so for lunch, and then add OHSA Blood Bourne Pathegeons Training adds another hour to hour and a half.

I can see a market for you training people to train park employees the park for larger parks, and maybe you training a few employees at a smaller park, but I strongly doubt any park would have you train thier entire staff. It just doesn't make sense for the park. I wish you the best of luck...


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Friday, March 29, 2002 6:37 AM


I was saying that I believe that I first heard of this operation offering its services to parks six months or a year ago. It's not something just announced this month.

As I understand it, the issue in the Six Flags Great America lawsuit was the failure of the park EMT's to treat the victems condition or call an ambulance. As far as I know, there was no issue raised with the first response of the ride ops or others.

Friday, March 29, 2002 9:34 AM

I totally value these opinions These are aspects that I knew people would bring up, and as everything goes on, we were correct on what people would think. These question were asked when we wanted to implement this type of service into a local school district, and that completed with flying colors...

But yes, N, you make valid points, but have also gave me more ideas which is good... There is a lot more to First Aid and CPR care, and AED training.. and that is where we've picked up the slack.

The need for a whole company is key, not only is this an amusement park industry thing, but we have to be open-minded, and have also obtained and gone after other industries, have to leave the options open...


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