Paramedics bike through town during festival
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:46:38 GMT —
When an emergency happens at the cherry festival, the crowded streets make it hard for ambulances to get through.
Thatâ??s why North Flight EMS has had bike patrols throughout town covering different events.
There are 10 people on the bike medic team that have been riding around in two person crews each day during the National Cherry Festival.
The mountain bikes come stocked with everything needed for an emergency, just like an ambulance would, other than the backboard and cot.
So far during the festival, north flight says around 100 emergency calls have been made.
One paramedic told us just why the bikes are so important this week.
"We kind of split it at the Open Space; we have out east patrol and west patrol. Being on the bikes makes it easier for us to maneuver through the large crowds, it's a little bit harder to get the ambulance into these places with tighter quarters," says North Flight paramedic Aaron Sogge.
To be a part of the bike crew, the paramedics were required to pass a three to four mile agility test, and then do a patient assessment.