MSR to provide medical services for Rally Australia

Motorsport Safety & Rescue (MSR), Australia’s leading supplier of motorsport medical support, has been appointed the official FIV provider for Repco Rally Australia, round 10 of the 2009 World Rally Championship.

MSR will provide eight First Intervention Vehicles (FIV), two incident control vehicles, and two flight paramedics for the event, to be held in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, from September 3-6.

The FIV crews will be located at the start of each special stage and at a midpoint in the longer stages of the rally. The FIV is the first vehicle dispatched in the case of an incident occurring on the special stage requiring medical assistance, or assistance with the vehicle.

Their team, which includes intensive care paramedics, paramedic/rescue officers, medical officers and fire/rescue officers, will attend to crews until handover to the New South Wales Ambulance Service, if further treatment is required.

Managing Director of MSR, Geoff Becker, said that their involvement in Repco Rally Australia was the pinnacle for his team.

“We’re very excited and pleased to be providing our expertise for Repco Rally Australia,” Becker said. “As far as our business is concerned, providing services for a World Rally Championship event is the pinnacle, and we’re looking forward to being involved.

“We will be providing full medical and rescue services for the event, as per FIA requirements.”

MSR have already surveyed much of the route to be used for Rally Australia, and have been liaising closely with Ambulance New South Wales.

Repco Rally Australia’s Clerk of Course, Michelle Gatton, said that MSR was the perfect choice to handle the event’s safety requirements.

“We’re very happy to have engaged MSR to provide our first line medical and rescue services. MSR has provided medical services to many rounds of the Australian Rally Championship and were an obvious choice for Repco Rally Australia,” Gatton said.

The MSR team will be supported by Sabelt, Pirelli, Hema Mapping, BSM Sport and PT Rescue at Rally Australia.

“In particular, we’re pleased to welcome Hema Mapping onboard as sponsors,” Becker said. “Hema will be providing the two incident control vehicles with GPS units which will include an overlay of the course. The benefits of this system is it gives the staff in these vehicles a huge advantage when planning resource deployment to an incident.”

Motorsport Safety & Rescue, a Tasmanian based company, is widely regarded as the leaders in their field. They provide services to many of the country’s leading motorsport events, including the Australian Rally Championship, Targa Tasmania, the Australasian Safari, and Targa West.

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