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Two-wheeled ambulances make debut
Cycling paramedics
Bill Clucas (left) and Jo Boocock will be on duty in Leeds City Centre
Bicycle ambulances have been introduced in Leeds city centre after a pilot project proved successful.

Paramedics will use cycles carrying life-saving equipment to get to medical emergencies in the city.

The Lifecycle - a cycling paramedic - will now be a permanent response on Yorkshire Ambulance Service's rotas.

Members of a team of eight will work seven days a week. Their bikes carry defibrillators and other kits to give immediate assistance.

The Lifecycle began two years ago as an experiment in York.

It helped stand down 20% of ambulances, freeing them to attend other emergencies.

Every member of the team attends an International Police Mountain Bike Association course on emergency services cycling.

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