Austin City Limits sees 234 incidents reported during Weekend One, ATCEMS says

Austin-Travis County EMS said they responded to a total of 234 incidents at Austin City Limits 2022 (ACL) Weekend One.

ACL Weekend One kicked off with an impressive amount of festival goers this year with around 70,000 people in attendance each day.

Along with those festival goers were officials who were also in attendance at Zilker Park, including Austin police and Austin-Travis County EMS personnel.

"We get teams in place prior to the event anticipating the increase in call volume, so we bring in staff that are already there that are ready to go," said Commander Eric Gordan with ATCEMS.

During ACL Weekend One, EMS responded to 234 incidents. Commander Gordan says most of those calls were heat and alcohol-related. Many cases were treated on site with 16 of those cases having to be transported to the hospital.

"We have commanders and communicators on site from our communications divisions," said Commander Gordan.

Commander Gordan says ATCEMS has been preparing for how to properly respond and staff the popular music festival for months. Alongside their teams on site, EMS also has four ambulances assigned to ACL at all times.

Now that ACL Weekend One went so smoothly, EMS is ready to do it all over again ACL Weekend Two.

"We're going to just kind of reset and regroup, go over some things we could maybe learn from moving into the second weekend [and] make sure we have all of our personnel equipment in place. The weather looks like it's going to be fairly similar to what this past weekend was so that's kind of helpful to allow us to predict as good as we can to prepare," said Commander Gordan.

EMS says if you plan on going to ACL Weekend Two, be prepared and have a plan. They advise drinking plenty of water, charging your phone, and drinking in moderation.

Austin City Limits 2022 continues for Weekend Two on Friday, Oct. 14.