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Emergency Workers In Durham Pedal Their Way To The Rescue

Posted July 5, 2001 12:06 p.m. EDT

— Durham County emergency workers have put a new spin on helping people.

Kristen Busick and Keith Barnes are biking partners, but they are also paramedics -- pedaling paramedics. At big events, they manage to bob and weave through crowds.

"We can go places faster than people walking and go to places where the truck can't get to," she says.

The paramedics always travel in pairs and are prepared for just about anything.

Between the two of them, they can do about 80 percent of the services that a traditional ambulance can provide. Everything they need, they can carry with them.

"We have a defibrillator, oxygen, medication, bandages and supplies," Barnes says. "There are only a few medical procedures that we can't do."

The bicycle response team has 12 members. Durham is one of the few counties in the state that offers the program.