Bicycle Paramedics Bring Aid On The Double
Posted December 25, 1996
NASHVILLE, N.C. — The two man team has been together for just a few months, but emergency workers say it's already paying off.
So far, about 30 patients have been treated more quickly because these paramedics on bikes can go where no ambulance can drive.
David Tabot, one of the team, says the level of the care is about equivalent to what you would get from an ambulance.
County emergency workers realized they needed something like this last summer, when lightning struck a crane and hurt more than a dozen people at a fireworks display. Heavy crowds got in the way that night, but these vehicles can go right through them now.
Dale Griffith, another of the paramedics in the program, said that the bicycles carry all of the same equipment as an ambulance, just in smaller quantities.
But they can get it there a lot more quickly. They say that's the big difference. They recently had their first big test at the Spring Hope Pumpkin Festival.
Griffith said that he and his partner had been dispatched several times at the festival at the same time as ambulances had, and reached the problems several minutes before the ambulance each time.
Minutes that could one day mean the difference between life and death.