12 suffer heat illness, 2 rushed to hospital at high school in Southern Pines

Students at Pinecrest High on Saturday with an ambulance outside. Photo from Aberdeen Times.

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) — A dozen students at a marching band competition were treated for heat problems and two were taken to a nearby hospital in Moore County on Saturday afternoon.

The incidents happened around 3:30 p.m. at Pinecrest High School when more than a dozen people suffered from heat-related illnesses, according to the Aberdeen Times.

Students were at the school Saturday for a regional marching band competition.

The calls came in at the school’s auditorium, parking lot and football field area.

A dozen were treated at the scene for heat related complaints, Southern Pines Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Cameron said. Two people required transport by ambulance to a nearby hospital with injuries reported as not life threatening.

Several ambulances were on the scene and the Moore County Mobile Command Center was also at the scene.

Officials set up a triage area inside of the school’s football field house and took people out of the heat and into a controlled atmosphere and assisted them in cooling down and rehydrating with water.

Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Carthage Fire & Rescue, Moore County EMS, and the Moore County School Police responded to the emergency.

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