First responders ready for River Sessions revellers
AS FESTIVAL goers finalised their outfits and make-up for today's River Sessions, first responders were preparing themselves to treat the worst of the festival's drunk, intoxicated and injured patrons.
For most of the expected 4000-5000 strong crowd, the one-day festival was expected to be a day to enjoy the killer line-up of Australian artists.
But it is likely some will end their day in the festival's first aid tent - or at the hospital.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said two paramedics and an ambulance would be stationed at the event, along with a senior paramedics in another light QAS vehicle.
Additional paramedics have also been put on today's shift, she said.
It's a total of eight additional QAS resources, which the spokeswoman described as "above and beyond the normal resources".
Yesterday Mackay police warned festival goers there would be a zero tolerance policy for drug use.
Senior Sergeant Damian Wells said multiple police dogs would be on hand to sniff out illicit substances, as well as more than 50 officers.
"This is a major police operation and we will have officers working inside the event, with traffic safety and with drug enforcement activities," he said.
"There will also be a heavy police presence in the CBD later in the evening.
"We will have police dogs both at the event and at the Mackay airport."
At last year's event, a total of 12 people were charged with 18 drug offences.
River Sessions director Adrian Young urged the public to enjoy the event, but do so safely.
"We support all of the police operations over the weekend and we have a zero tolerance policy at the festival for drugs and anti-social behaviour," he said.
"There will be bag checks at the event for every single bag that comes through the gate."