Motion Notion 7

We don’t want to cause any jealousy, but we’ve decided that Motion Notion is our favourite event.  This year it was a 72 hour nonstop festival, and it was hot and sunny the whole time.  We’ve come to the conclusion that our polyester blend uniforms are not keeping up with their wicking properties propoganda! 

The event was staffed by Brian, Stephani, Travis and Laura.  This year we brought two extra members so we could cat-nap in shifts.  We had three providers on at a time, and one person was able to sleep for an hour at a time.  We get a little ‘spun’ from sleep-deprivation after a couple of days, but the festival is so much fun it’s worth it.

Motion Notion is planned and organized by Katalyst Productions, and it had even more exciting things this year…the stages were more spread out throughout the area, and the one thing that we really liked was the Mushroom tent.  It sat in the forest looking like a mushroom (hence the name!) and inside there were other ‘mushrooms’ on the ground and hanging from the ceiling, that would sing and make noises when you touched them.  People would go inside and make music, and it seemed that the more people who were touching the mushrooms, the cooler it sounded.  So many people asked us if we had checked it out that eventually we had to go just to see what everyone was talking about.  We weren’t disappointed! 

Some of the campsites were like nothing we’d ever seen as well.  At one point we found a living room set up in the forest, with couches, coffee tables, and lazy-boy recliners. Many thanks to the lovely lady who hosted us at that site! That takes camping to a whole new level!

 The nights were as cold as the days were hot, and a lot of people would come by the medical tent to invite us over to warm up at their camp fires.  As always, Motion Notion was attended by the nicest people.

 We ran into several people that we’d met last year, and it was great to see familiar faces.  You might recognise some of them from our pictures of last year.  Thanks to everyone who gave us permission to use their photos! 

Security was once again provided by Alberta Crowd Management, and we can’t say enough about this group of wonderful professionals from Edmonton.  We are pleased to work with them any time for any event, and they are our recommended security provider.  They keep their events safe and orderly without dampening anyone’s fun.  We greatly appreciate that they never interfere with our work, which is a problem we commonly run into with other security companies.  At one point we requested one security guard just as a precaution, and when we turned around there were ten of them!  It’s fantastic to know Alberta Crowd Management has our back if we need them, and it was great to see this wonderfully professional gang again. 

We had lots of people come by to say ‘thank you for being here’, even though they hadn’t needed our services.  We also had some people stop us when we walked around and ask where we got our costumes.  In the dark, we’re noticeable by the reflective striping on our uniforms, which is what they liked.  We told them where they could get reflective striping of their own!  There were a lot of other amazing costumes being worn, which were definitely cooler than ours. 

The music was incredible, and there were a lot of lights and visual attractions.  Large banners were lit with black light so they glowed near the main stage, and the DJs were incredible.  The IAS team was caught dancing in their medical tent at dawn one morning, which kind of shocked the group of people walking by.  As they said, “Wow, usually you EMS people can’t stand this music.  You’re not even wearing ear plugs!”  They must have been referring to some other company, because you couldn’t help but move to the music, it was that good.

 We really enjoy the atmosphere and the people at Motion Notion.  The difference with IAS is that we don’t look at these events as work!  We get to go to fun events without having to buy tickets and meet interesting people while providing medical care to those who need it.  What could be better?

 We even managed to get some shopping done.  Motion Notion has the best vendors, and we couldn’t resist.  There was blown-glass art and jewellery, including a jewellery vendor who made beautiful pieces out of shells and other natural materials.  There were belly-dancing scarves for sale, hats, great clothing, sparkly toys and novelties, and all sorts of neat items. 

Katalyst productions and the prime mover James did an awesome job of providing for the EMS crew.  We were given a large tent, a generator to provide power as a neighbour, along with tables, blankets, and cots for patients.

 We were kept busy with minor injuries and illness, including several allergic reactions.

 We ran out of some medications, particularly meds to stop allergic reactions, and we had to have an emergency shipment brought in from Calgary, which is about a four hour drive. We saw approximately 50 patients.  We had two precautionary ambulance evacuations, but both patients returned the next day and were just fine.  It was nice of them to drop by the tent to say hi when they got back.  We always appreciate finding out how our patients are doing after the fact!  We handed out a lot of ear plugs and electrolyte replacement for those who were dancing all night, and loaned out a few jackets.  We fixed one of the generators (an annual tradition now!), loaned out Stephani’s spare car tire, and Brian changed and repaired a flat tire for one of the festival goers since we just ‘happened’ to have a tire repair kit in the trunk.  Travis, (being a millwright by day, medic by night!) was able to assist the food vendor with their electrical and mechanical problems.  Laura drove a stranded young girl back to Calgary with her as well in order to ensure she made it home safely. 

We’re always glad to help out however we can, since we’re a multi-talented bunch! Overall it was a super safe event with no major incidents, and we had a great time.  Thanks to James, and thanks to Katalyst for having us out again; it’s always a pleasure!

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