Overview

The following report was compiled using San Francisco Pride Parade 2013 dispatch notes. The purpose of this document is to socialize the scope & weight of providing Emergency Medical Services Dispatch at an event of this magnitude.

Background

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration is a parade and festival held in San Francisco every June. Event organizers were anticipating a record 1.2 million attendees to 2013's Pride event, an increase of 200,000 from the four previous years. 2013's attendance increase was primarily due to recent judiciary victories with the repeal of California's Proposition 8 (Prop. 8) and the unconstitutionality of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the days leading up Pride. Additionally, San Francisco was experiencing exceptionally warm summer weather the weekend of Pride.

Prior to 2013, Pride Emergency Medical Services were provided by volunteers, administered by the 'San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee' and under their direct control. For 2013 HealthRIGHT360's Rock Medicine program was brought in to administer Emergency Medical Operations using a combination of their volunteers and existing Pride administration volunteers. Rock Med was selected because of its ability to provide Advanced Life Support field care without burdening the existing San Francisco County Emergency Medical System.

Analysis of Event

The following statistics were collected on Field Team activities using dispatch notes & Field Supervisor post-event interviews. These statistics are relative only to the Sunday, June 30th Pride Parade.

Summary of Event

The following ratios are based on the statistics from the section above and are approximate or average.

Charts

Key:

By Time

The following chart shows Calls by Team over time, bucketed by the hour. This graph shows call-load peaking around 3PM:

Calls by Team

By Team

The following chart shows the 10 Busiest Teams, with the transports having the heaviest call load, followed by T13, T1 and S1 & S2:

10 Busiest Teams

Team Number of Calls Percent of Calls
TP3 15 11%
TP2 10 8%
TP1 10 8%
T13 10 8%
T1 10 8%
S2 10 8%
S1 10 8%
T8 7 5%
T5 7 5%
T4 7 5%

The following chart shows call-load by all teams:

All Teams

Team Number of Calls Percent of Calls
TP3 15 11%
TP2 10 8%
TP1 10 8%
T13 10 8%
T1 10 8%
S2 10 8%
S1 10 8%
T8 7 5%
T5 7 5%
T4 7 5%
T2 6 5%
T10 6 5%
T9 4 3%
T9 4 3%
T3 4 3%
T12 4 3%
T7 3 2%
T6 3 2%
T14 3 2%
T15 1 1%
C1 1 1%

By Location

The following map shows Call Density by Location:

Call Density by Location

The following chart shows call-load by location:

Calls by Location

Location Calls Percent of Calls
Civic Center 17 15%
McAllister & Polk 8 7%
McAllister & Larkin 7 6%
Golden Gate & Larkin 7 6%
Fulton & Larkin 7 6%
Grove & Larkin 5 4%
Fulton & Hyde 5 4%
McAllister & Leavenworth 4 3%
McAllister & Hyde 4 3%
Market & 8th 4 3%
Market & 2nd 4 3%
Grove & Polk 4 3%
Mission & Spear 3 3%
McAllister & Van Ness 3 3%
Golden Gate & Hyde 3 3%
Market & Taylor 2 2%
Market & Larkin 2 2%
Market & 7th 2 2%
Market & 3rd 2 2%
Grove & Van Ness 2 2%
Fulton & Leavenworth 2 2%

Author

This report was compiled on Monday, July 9th, 2013 by Greg Albrecht, Dispatch Supervisor, Rock Medicine Pride 2013.

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