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St John Ambulance take to their bikes
The Cycle Response is useful in large crowds are expected as that can hinder a land ambulance in getting to a casualty
Cycle Response is useful when large crowds are expected that can hinder a land ambulance when getting to a casualty

A specialist St John Ambulance unit has been launched in Cornwall to help volunteers deliver life saving first aid in busy and hard to reach areas.

The Cycle Response Unit will be used at a variety of events across the county to supplement the existing team of first aiders who operate on foot or in ambulances.

The bikes will enable the unit to provide rapid assistance to people who have been taken ill or injured in locations where it would take a long time, or prove hard for a road ambulance to reach them.

They are very useful where large crowds are expected as that can hinder a land ambulance in getting to a casualty. They are also useful at rural events as they can reach areas quickly where vehicles can't.
Stefan Antoniuk, County Commissioner Operations

The cycles were purchased directly through St John Ambulance and are kitted out with essential life saving equipment including oxygen and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Members who use the cycles have to undertake training before they are allowed to take them out to events. The volunteers who use the bikes are generally qualified to an advanced first aid qualification, or higher, so that the best possible care can arrive at a patient as quickly as possible.

Stefan Antoniuk, County Commissioner of Operations explains, "The Cycle Response Unit is a valuable addition to the services we can offer to people who are running public events.

"They are very useful where large crowds are expected as that can hinder a land ambulance in getting to a casualty. They are also useful at rural events as they can reach areas quickly where vehicles can't.

"The unit is already proving popular with our members and we expect to see them out and about in Cornwall a lot this year."




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