Whenever there are crowds, paramedics know that there will be calls. Unfortunately, the very nature of a crowded event makes it difficult for a paramedic in an ambulance to quickly reach a patient.
Members of Medic’s bike team utilize mountain bikes equipped with special bags to carry the necessary medical equipment. Team members work in pairs to carry all of the necessary equipment and can deliver care to even the most serious emergency within seconds.
The team operates at events throughout Mecklenburg County such as Speed Street, July 4th, and New Year’s Eve. During the 2008 Speed Street, the team responded to more than 140 calls for help. Thanks to their quick response and ability to treat many patients on site, only 25 patients had to be transported to the hospital.
This benefits not only the people attending an event but also the public at large. Less ambulances are being drawn away from the normal 911 service to answer calls at a single event, which allows us to do a better job of upholding our own high standards for response time county-wide.
The men and women of Medic’s Bike Team are selected for not only their strong patient care skills but also the physical conditioning required to tolerate long hours of riding a bicycle which is loaded with an extra 30 pounds of gear.
Many of our team members are also triathletes, including one member who has completed an Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run) and one who has completed a Half-Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run). Two of our triathletes were ranked among the top 10 in North Carolina in their respective divisions.