The City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department has a written emergency plan (see PDF) that should be followed in the event of a medical emergency at the Soccer Complex. All workers/coaches/volunteers should be familiar with this document and their role and responsibility in an emergency. Any questions should be directed to the athletic staff.
An emergency is the need for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to give further medical attention and/or transport an athlete to the hospital. It is important in these situations that coordination between the athletic staff, coaches, parents, and players be effective. This guide is intended to delineate roles and outline the protocol to be followed should an emergency occur.
Situations when 911 should be called are:
- an athlete is not breathing
- an athlete has lost consciousness
- it is suspected that an athlete may have a neck or back injury
- an athlete has an open fracture (bone has punctured through the skin)
- severe heat exhaustion or suspected heat stroke
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
The highest person in the chain of command who is present at a scene will be the designated person in charge, or leader. That person is responsible for deciding whether to call 911, instructing others how they may be of help, and will be the person who stays with the athlete until EMS arrives.
Once it has been decided that EMS should be called, the following protocol should be followed:
When you call EMS, provide your name and title or position, address of medical emergency, telephone number, number of individuals injured, condition of injured, first aid treatment already administered, specific directions, and other information as requested.
Chain of Command
Certified Athletic Trainer/Medical Professional (if on site)
1. The highest person on the chain of command will be deemed the leader, and will stay with the athlete to monitor the athlete’s condition and administer necessary first aid. If possible, someone else on the chain of command should also stay and assist.
2. The highest person on the chain of command will make the call to EMS or will designate another person to make the call. (911 from a cell phone) Specific instructions: EMS should be told what the emergency is, the condition of the athlete, and how to get to where the athlete is. Also, tell the 911 staff member that someone will meet them at the entrance of the Soccer Complex to aid in directing the ambulance.
DO NOT HANG UP UNTIL EMS HANGS UP FIRST.
3. The leader will send runners to the main entrance of the Soccer Complex on Wire Road to direct the ambulance to the athlete. The runner should stay in their position and wave the ambulance through the proper turns to get to the athlete.
4. The leader will designate another person to attempt contact with the athlete’s parents if not present on site.
The Head Coach will have the emergency contact information for each player.
5. If transport is deemed necessary by EMS, the athlete will be taken to East Alabama Medical Center, unless the parent requests otherwise.
The venue is located at:
2340 Wire Road, Auburn, AL 36830
The intersection to the venue is on Wire Road
Pertinent landmarks include: at front of Soccer Complex
Location of Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
In office in the concession building.
► Coaches should take note of the closest AED to their practice and game locations.
VENUE ADDRESS: 2340 Wire Road
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Parks and Recreation Office: 334-501-2930 DRRC: 334-501-2950
Houston Manning: 334-501-2942 Jeff Lee: 334-501-2952
Jason Burnett: 334-501-2943 Mike Goggans: 334-501-2945
MAP OF VENUE SITE AND AED LOCATION:
Red line indicates the path from Wire Road to field access to Fields 1 – 7.