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Fuoco me! Paramedics on three wheels in Victoria!

Last post 11-04-2011 09:10 AM by Caroanbill. 4 replies.
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  • 11-03-2011 05:34 PM

    Fuoco me! Paramedics on three wheels in Victoria!

    Motorbike medics to hit the streets (Herald Sun, VIC)

    Peter Rolfe; 30 October 2011
    From: The Herald Sun

    Nick Thresher with one of the three-wheeled motorbikes. Picture: Tony Gough Sunday Herald Sun

    LEATHER-clad paramedics will hit Melbourne’s streets on high-powered three-wheel motorbikes next month in a high-octane bid by the Baillieu Government to improve ambulance response times.

    The Sunday Herald Sun has obtained exclusive images and details of the 500cc motorcycles paramedics will ride on city streets and the new uniforms they will wear.

    The new specialist Motorcycle Paramedic Unit will hit the streets within weeks, with a team of six emergency riders racing to emergencies at speeds of up to 140km/h aboard Piaggio scooters.

    The three-wheel machines will initially be used in the CBD and inner-city suburbs such as Richmond, South Melbourne and Carlton, but will be sent to regional cities including Geelong when needed.

    They will also be used at festivals and major events such as the Phillip Island MotoGP.

    Ambulance Victoria spokesman Tony Walker hoped the new bikes would speed up response times.

    “It’s all about how quickly we can get to a patient and treat them,” he said. “If that person needs urgent attention, this paramedic can get to them and administer care until another ambulance arrives or cancel that ambulance if it’s no longer required.”

    Motorcycle paramedics have been used in NSW since 1993, the UK since 1991 and Hong Kong since 1982.

    Health Minister David Davis said the new $3 million fleet would be sent into built-up areas for rapid responses to emergencies and would also be able to navigate heavy traffic faster than a regular ambulance.

    “All Victorians will benefit from this new emergency response unit,” he said.

    Clinical trials by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Singapore General Hospital compared response times of ambulances with motorcycle-based paramedics, finding the motorbikes almost five minutes faster.

    The study found a reduction of five minutes in response times could increase cardiac arrest survival rates by up to 11 per cent."

     

    I don't know about you but what a friggin awesome idea!!



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  • 11-03-2011 05:44 PM In reply to

    Re: Fuoco me! Paramedics on three wheels in Victoria!

    Yep about time there was a program last week on austar following UK paramedics,police, & Hospital volunteer couriers on there motorbikes very interesting

  • 11-03-2011 05:52 PM In reply to

    Re: Fuoco me! Paramedics on three wheels in Victoria!

    I love the idea. Get the help to the patient as soon as possible. By any means! Hope the riders/medicos are able to be seen by the car drivers out there.

    4 years and 20,000 K's later, I'm still scootering, and you guys are stuck with me!
  • 11-03-2011 06:21 PM In reply to

    Re: Fuoco me! Paramedics on three wheels in Victoria!

    Good choice of machines - lots of storage space for their gear, plenty of performance for getting around the city and three wheels a bonus on the streets of Melbourne with its tram tracks. I'm not actually sure what our paramedics use - Honda ST1300 perhaps?

  • 11-04-2011 09:10 AM In reply to

    Re: Fuoco me! Paramedics on three wheels in Victoria!

    Fuoco = high powered ?????????????

    Indifferent 

    but then, I rode the PX in today with that massive 6.6kw motor roaring its way across Anzac Bridge.

    OK, be serious .. what a great idea.  I watch the Sydney city paramedics here on large, heavy touring bikes and think - why?  A scooter or a dual-purpose bike would make more sense, an MP3 or Fuoco makes even more sense still.  I guess there would be some extra electrics - wonder how those are powered.

     

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