Macau Grand Prix Committee Committed to Excellence in Safety and Rescue

Certificate issued by FIA to Macau Grand Prix Committee

The Macau Grand Prix has always made safety its top priority, consistently maintaining the highest international standards in all areas of prevention and rescue. On October 3 and 4, the Committee conducted local rescue team training jointly with the FIA. The programme, which included a wide variety of training both theoretical and practical, was designed to ensure that all rescue team members are trained to the highest internationally-recognised standards. Since 2004, the Macau Grand Prix has been promoting the localisation of its rescue teams and, since 2007, all team personnel have been Macau residents. Since then, each year the Committee and the FIA have together organised courses to provide professional training for each local rescue team member, ensuring each has sufficient knowledge and ability to provide medical rescue and fast intervention services at Grand Prix. This year, the rescue teams will work alongside more than 500 other race officials, all of whom have also undergone training, at the Grand Prix. As a high-speed sport, it is vital that the response to motorsport incidents is rapid in order to immediately go to the aid of those involved. Unlike a regular ambulance, motorsport rescue vehicles are equipped with highly-specialised personnel and hardware. Each team member must be fully conversant with the specialist equipment as well as the precise procedures in the event of an incident in order to respond with fast efficiency. In order to perform a rescue procedure effectively, the Race Director must remain calm when faced with sudden incidents, and respond with clear and accurate instructions. Close communication and cooperation between all involved are vital to ensure rescue operations are performed quickly and seamlessly. Invited to conduct this year’s rescue team training courses were FIA Extrication Consultant Jean Jacques Issermann, as well as the FIA Medical Delegates Jacques Tropenat and Alain Chantegret to provide professional instruction, share their experiences and give demonstrations. This year, 20 doctors and 66 firemen took part in the training courses, and were required to participate in car accident simulation training, practice and assessment. Participants who successfully passed the examination received FIA certificates indicating they have surpassed internationally-recognised requirements and are ready to ensure the smooth running of the Macau Grand Prix.

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