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MSA Marshal Manual

MSA Marshal Manual

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Published by: Raj Kapoor on Oct 13, 2011
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is aregistered charity (No. 296802) whichhelps to improve safety standards atmotorsport events. The MSF strives to dothis in three ways by
direct support,
and through
Direct Support
The Fund assists with the purchase of rescueequipment as stipulated In the MSA Blue Book.The MSF will consider claims from all MSArecognised clubs organising licensed competitiveevents, and all MSA licensed rescue vehicles andservices. whatever the motorsport discipline;however, claims are not accepted fromindividuals or teams. Support for non-Blue Bookitems will only be given In exceptional cases.
To recognise the work done by people andorganisations concerned with motorsport safety,“The Ferno MSF Award” is presented each yearto
“the Individual, club or organisation makinga significant contribution to motor sport medical or rescue services”.
The MSF publishes a newsletter, Rescue andResuscitation, twice a year which goes to alldoctors and rescue crews involved inmotorsport.
To help the exchange of Information, theFund has an annual presentation on safetyand related matters, called the WatkinsLecture in acknowledgement of the workdone In this field by Professor Sid Watkins.
The work theMSF is able todo is entirelygoverned bythe amount of moneyIt is able toraise, and theTrustees hopeenthusiastswill supportany fundraisinginitiatives bythe Fund.Personaldonationsrepresent asignificantpart of theFund’s annualincome and if you wouldlike to make acontribution.please send acheque, madepayable to:
MotorsportSafety Fund,P0 Box 239,WestMailing.KentME19 4BL.
The Text in this document is taken from the Motorsports Safety Fund’sPocket Guide to Marshalling.The Trustees of the Motorsport Safety Fund wish to thank Bob Rae, whocompiled this text. Thanks also to Steve Allison, Jim Whittaker, DavePierre and Jeremy Edwards (Circuits); Kevin Bradley and Andy Large(Rally); Roger Whjeldon (Recovery); Dave Simcox (Snatching) andMaggie O’Malley
Marshals Manual3
An Introduction to Marshalling
Marshalling is for anybody who is interested in and wants to be involved in motorsport. You don’tneed any special skills or qualifications to start, just common sense and a reasonablydeveloped sense of self-preservation.As you become more involved you will be able to take advantage of training funded by thesport’s governing body - the Motor Sports Association - and run by individual motor clubs,Regional Associations or the clubs set up to cater specifically for Marshals - the British Motor Racing Marshals Club, the British Rally Marshals Club and the BRDC Marshals Club.This booklet isn’t a substitute for that training, but is designed to act as an aide memoire to backup the experience and the training you will receive as your marshalling career progresses.
Personal Equipment
Wearing the right gear is essential for marshals. You can’t go back to the car, nip into a bar or pop off for a hot dog and a cup of tea at the drop of a hat. In the wrong sort of clothing there is avery real danger of hypothermia in the winter and sunburn or heat stroke at the height of thesummer.You don’t need any special clothing to go marshalling. Be prepared for the worse andremember you can always take off an extra layer of clothing if you are too hot.
Essential Clothing
Wear natural fibres (cotton and wool) - particularly next to the skin. Man made fibres canmelt - even under protective overalls - causing nasty burns.
Thick shirts and trousers, several jumpers and one or more pairs of thick socks. On colddays wear thermal underwear.
Always cover your arms and legs - even when it is hot. Overallsprotect your clothes and giveadditional protection against fire if they are the orange, flame resistant Proban treated varietyworn by many marshals.
Wear thick gloves which are reasonably loose fitting and consider carrying a spare or awaterproof pair as damp gloves can scald if you grab a hot exhaust.
Stout boots - hiking or work boots - are essential. Even if you are wearing gloves it is quicker and safer to kick debris off a track rather than to pick it up. Never wear trainers. They provideno protection and are not waterproof.
Hats are essential as we lose a high proportion of body heat through our heads in coldweather and a light hat will protect from sun stroke in hot weather.
Always take waterprooftops and trousers with you. Avoid thin nylon at all costs. Rubberisedcloth and more expensive fire resistant waterproofs are the best option.
Choose colours which don’t clash with flags - orange is ideal.

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