Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Bike-riding EMTs becoming popular

You see those ambulances, often called "buses," trying to weave through traffic? It can be tricky.

In an article by Jenni Berygal, published in Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), we learn that many cities, including Los Angeles, have now have bicycle-based EMTs. When Carrie Fisher took ill on a plane, in fact, the biking EMTs got there first.

Every second counts, of course. The LA EMS Bike Team was at the airport during the holidays.

The LA force has 60 bikes and costs LA $90,000 a year for staff and $12,000 for equipment.

Bike teams are great where things are congested--festivals, concerts, marathons.

At present 500 agencies have EMS bike teams.

Sounds like a plan to me.

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