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Firefighters Continued from page 37 "During the race, we take all the orders from the tower," said Mar- tin. Each turn has a full fire-res- cue crew, he explained, and the tower determines which should be dispatched to an accident site. Along with the fire crews, each turn is also staffed with an ambu- lance and a wrecker crew, and two of the corners have roll-back truck crews for badly damaged vehi- cles. NASCAR vehicles are extreme- ly safe, said Martin, noting that drivers have often hit walls at 200 mph and walked away from the accidents unscathed. The cars have undergone safety improve- ments over the years, he said, in- cluding special ,'space age" win- dows that won't shatter and dou- ble netting on the sides to prevent head injuries. "Once the race starts, you don't leave the truck. You stay in the truck all the time." If an emer- gency arises, a crew member can't leave the rescue truck until a relief worker arrives. When accidents do occur, res- cue crews have to be particularly familiar with trouble spots on the vehicles. "You don't put your hands on the floorboard of the car, because it's so hot it will burn you," said Martin. "I think they said it was Jen Ellingsworth photo The locals were out in full force during the MBNA 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway during the Sept. 19-22 weekend. Members of the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach Fire Departments didn't see much action, though, because there was only one accident to which firefighters had to respond. Shown here from the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department. are First Lt. Randy Soots, left, and ambulance Capt. Kevin Dono- Van. ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. is pleased to announce the association of KEVIN P. S. WALLACE, M.D. Dr. Wallace is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He trained in Scotland and England, and at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was Chief Medical Resident. Also welcoming October 1, 1997 RENATA B. DIDYK, M.D. Dr. Didyk comes to us from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is Internal Medicine trained with a subspecialty in Endocrinology (diabetes, thyroid, osteoporosis and other glandular disorders). Dr. Wallace and Dr. Didyk will be seeing patients in conjunction with Nancy A. Union, M.D. and Sue Isaacs, PA-C * 645-6644 * 119 W. Third Street, Lewes, DE Hours Monday-Friday by Appointment CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997- 41 150 degrees on the floor." Drivers, he explained, wear spe- cial shoes that protect them from the heat of the floorboards, how- ever, one of the first things res- cuers check at an accident is whether the driver's feet are tan- gled. "And you don't want to touch the floorboard doing that," said Martin. "When there's an accident on the track, we're the first ones to make sure the driver is OK and there's no fire," he said. If there is an injury, they relay the informa- tion so paramedics can then pro- vide immediate medical interven- tion. Any time there is an accident, however, drivers must go to the in-care medical center for assur- ance that there are no unseen or unnoticed injuries. NASCAR, said Martin, "is a strict organization, and everything is done by the rules." Drivers who break rules are usually subject to fines or other sanctions, he said. Rescue personnel also take care of the track if it rains. When the rain isn't too hard and it appears the race will be able to continue, the rescue crews either drive on the track or drive vehicles drag- ging tires to expedite the drying process. "Every weekend seems to work out OK in Dover," said Martin. "We really haven't had any bad experiences up there." One of the reasons for contin- ued high safety levels at the Dover track, Martin believes, is because Dover Downs promotes continu- ity with experienced crews each year. "They don't put new crew son every race," said Martin. "They want the same crews that were there before." Martin said he has thoroughly enjoyed his experiences at the Dover track. "All these drivers are nice, down home guys -' most of them are southern boys. They all sit down and they'll talk to you. They're really nice guys." Martin said his best experience at the Dover track was meeting Bill Elliott, the McDonald's Ford driver. "When I got to meet him and see what a nice guy he is - that was the best experience. It's a lot of fun up there. I look forward to it twice a year," said Martin. Other local rescue workers who worked at this year's Winston Cup race included Walter Southerland, Bill McManus and Ted Doyle, all of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company; and Randy Soots and Kevin Donovan of the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department. FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTS LEWES SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, P.A. is pleased to announce the association of Michele D. Thomas, M.D. Dr. Thomas is a fellowship trained, board eligible Colon and Rectal Surgeon. She completed her fellowship at Leigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. She is a Board Certi- fied General Surgeon and completed her training at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, CT., an affiliate of Yale Uni- versity. She attended Johns Hopkins University for her under- graduate degree and received her medical degree from Jeffer- son College. Colon and Rectal Surgeons specialize in diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Treatment may be either medical or surgical in nature. Some of the problems and diseases are, but not limited to, hemorrhoids, fistulas, fissures, diverticuli- tis, constipation, incontinence, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's or colitis) and cancer of the colon, rectum and anus. Routine screening evaluations are also available. Dr. Thomas is trained to perform: SURGERY, COLONOSCOPY & LAPAROSCOPIC PROCEDURES. Appointments can be made by calling: Now Also Accepting Aetna Principal Health Care AmeriHealth 1305 Savannah Road i Lewes Office Millsboro Office 644-2633 934-5001 232 Mitchell St. (Suite 201)