Bicycle Paramedic ProgramTroy Fire Department’s Bicycle Paramedic Program was started in June 1994 as a trial program to be used during special events in the community. Two paramedics staffed mountain bikes carrying: both BLS and ALS equipment, an abbreviated drug bag, intubation supplies and a cardiac monitor, split between the two bikes. Although the bicycles were owned by the riders, the fire department and local hospital furnished all other equipment.
Shortened Response TimesUse of the bike program shortened response times in crowded areas by as much as 3-5 minutes when compared to the use of golf carts and more traditional ALS units. Direct public contact was possible, and, as opposed to sitting in an ambulance, the paramedics were approached by and talked with many people. They received only positive comments on the program.
Bike Program OperationsWhen the Bike Program is working an event, we respond to calls that happen on the event site. Our way of receiving the calls vary from event to event. For larger events, I.E.: parades, large festivals, 5 & 10K runs, we are dispatched by an on-scene coordinator. For smaller events, we are paged over a public address system or notified by radio by on-scene police or other event staff. Our response times vary by event. For some events, the times can be as short as 15-30 seconds. For parades or running races, the times can be up to 2-3 minutes.
Upon arrival at the scene, we notify our primary fire station so that they can document our location and incident. Once we have started treatment, we assess the patient and call for an ambulance as soon as possible if needed.