POLK COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2013) – Polk County Fire Rescue is enhancing services with a new medical Bike Team. The PCFR Bike Team was formed to provide emergency medical care rapidly at special events. The team members ride in pairs with one Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Each team carries approximately 30 pounds of medical equipment including airway management apparatus and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) giving them Advanced Life Support (ALS) capability. This allows the team members to begin treatment prior to the arrival of a rescue unit.
With the use of bicycles, rescue personnel can maneuver through large crowds reaching patients more quickly, saving precious minutes. Unit members provide initial medical treatment and notify paramedics for transport when necessary.
Candidates for the unit must complete the International Police Mountain Bike Association EMS Cyclist Program, which builds skills and agility in crowded conditions and in difficult-to-navigate environments including down stairs and over curbs.
The PCFR Bike Team works many of the major events in Polk County including Christmas parades, the Carillon Classic 5k Run/Walk, Mayfaire festivities, the Iron Man Triathlon, Sun ‘n Fun and other large-scale events.
For more information on Polk County Fire Rescue visit, www.polkfire.net.
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Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) is a division of the Board of County Commissioners. PCFR provides fire, emergency medical and emergency management services to residents in a 2000-square-mile area, as well as provides mutual aid to surrounding counties. PCFR has more than 600 full-time employees throughout 45 stations, which run more than 80,000 calls each year.