Most of Thunderhill clients recognize that Side-Trax is the primary provider of medical care for the track but may be unfamiliar about the company’s origin.
The owners, Jeff & Debi Moore each have 21 years of experience in the field of emergency medicine. Prior to the inception of Side-Trax, Jeff worked as a paramedic for a ground ambulance as well as a helicopter service. Debi, an R.N. with pre-hospital certification worked at a level II trauma center emergency department in Chico.
While staffing a stand-by shift at Thunderhill with a local ambulance service, Jeff identified the need for an alternative medical service that would benefit the track. He noted that the long transport times to the nearest trauma center were contributing to more “down time” for the track’s clients. In addition, the ambulance services in the area were preparing to put a halt to providing stand-by services at the track as their demand for staffing escalated. Jeff reasoned that a service dedicated to staying at the track during the entire event yet able to provide the necessary, immediate, advanced life saving treatment was the answer. This was the beginning of Side-Trax.
Over the past 9 years, Side-Trax has developed a highly specialized system of responding to incidents. Side-Trax directed its goals toward rapid response, rapid assessment and rapid treatment. They explored approaches that would specifically decrease the time of initial response to the injured. Side-Trax is primarily a dual paramedic system. This is a “team concept” as opposed to the “crew concept” used in traditional ambulance services. A tiered response was thus created, further reducing the response times by getting the closest responder to an incident.
Recognizing that most incidences occurred off course, in fact sometimes extremely off course, the idea of an all-terrain response vehicle came into being. The advantage of this over the traditional box type ambulance was that an ATV could pull up right next to the injured driver or rider instead of an EMS hiking to an incident located off track. By employing various all-terrain vehicles capable of crossing the track virtually anywhere by going off course, critical seconds can be saved in getting to the injured driver or rider. The other team member then follows in an ambulance if required, as well as calling for necessary additional resources. This done even as the initial assessment is being carried out, successfully speeding up the entire process. While this approach is still relatively new to many, it is already being used successfully at many motor-sports venues around the world!
This specialized approach has already been beneficial on several incidents at Thunderhill. Side-Trax continues to explore innovative ideas to implement systems that benefit all participants at Thunderhill Raceway!