Cambridge Paramedics to Pedal to Emergencies on "Bike Ambulance"
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I have recently read an article in the Cambridge News that Paramedics will pedal to emergencies in central Cambridge on a new bicycle ambulance. NHS chiefs hope the new yellow and green mountain bike, which comes with a blue flashing light and siren will help staff reach their casualties quicker.
The city's new Cycle Response Unit (CRU) will deal with the same day to day emergencies as regular ambulances but aim to bring down response times in a confined city centre.
The bikes will be ridden by paramedics trained in advanced emergency cycling. The bike will be equipped with panniers on each side fitted with oxygen, a defribrillator and various other devices usually carried in an ambulance.
Reaching the patient quickly is vital in life threatening conditions. Parks, shopping centres, pedestrian areas and heavy traffic are all difficult for traditional ambulances to reach their destination but with the new bicycle ambulance everywhere is accessible!
The bikes will also be used on minor emergencies, leaving the traditional ambulances free to be dispatched to other emergency calls.
The Cycle Response Unit is on a 3 month trial in Cambridge and if successful, it could became a daily sight on city streets.
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