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Old 07-14-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Austin Paramedic Motorcycles.

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Under the premise that two wheels are more nimble than four, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services this week started using the agency’s four medic motorcycles to respond to calls on Interstate 35 through downtown Austin. Austin-Travis County EMS has been supporting special events with motorcycles for about two years, but this is the first time they have been used for regular duty, paramedic Juan Hinojosa said.
During rush-hour jams on Austin’s main artery, ambulances can get stuck in traffic, too. The motorcycles, however, can zip down the median and usually arrive about five minutes before the ambulance, he said.
“Being that it’s so congested, it’s a lot easier to get initial patient care,” Hinojosa said, adding that the medics can also quickly determine whether an ambulance is actually needed, making overall emergency response more efficient.
Hinojosa is one of nine Austin-Travis County EMS paramedics who are trained to drive the motorcycles, which cost between $12,000 and $15,000 each. Three of the bikes were donated, and one was purchased through a grant, Hinojosa said. The cycles — BMW GS 650 GSP police authority models — are stocked with cardiac defibrillators, medications, bandages, splints and blood pressure monitors, among other items.
The nine motorcycle medics will take turns patrolling I-35 during the morning and afternoon rush hours. And although they can jump the curb and drive off-road, Hinojosa said the motorcycles will mostly be used on streets, just like ambulances.
As part of their training, the medics took some Austin Police Department motorcycle instruction. Austin is one of a handful of U.S. cities with motorcycle medics, Hinojosa said. County officials said they didn’t have estimates on how much response time and money could be saved by using the motorcycles.



Pretty badass.
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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Solid. If this proves effective, maybe it will pave the way to lane-splitting.
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My thoughts exactly.

But besides the lane splitting implications... It is nice to see medics getting creative considering austins horrible traffic.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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Also, that markup is huge.
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That's been a long time project, used to be a member on twtex that was involved in it if i remember correctly.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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i proposed the same thing at my work (montgomery county ems). the idea got shot down quick. i told them with as much motorcycle traffic there is in montgomery county, it would be good PR, and cut down on response times. they wouldnt bite. :(
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BADASS!!! I saw one of those not the other day. I thought my eyes were deceiving me so I shrugged it off.

On the other hand, Austin also has exploded onto the scene with a ton of motorcycle cops. A ton! Unfortunately, nearly all seem to be solely for radaring speeders.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:44 PM   #8
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pretty cool. And yea Austin's traffic makes me want to shoot myself.

And lucky for me ill have medics enroute quickly if i did!
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I could put lights and sirens on my bike right now if I wanted to through my fire dept, but that would really only be for when I'm off duty and responding to a structure fire. Would be badass running all EMS calls on the bike though.
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Also, that markup is huge.
Not when you consider that is the bike, the fitment of all the gear and the medical equipment on board.




I personally would not want to do something like ride on of those bikes and do EMS from it, I have made too many scenes where the protection of the ambulance is worth it, having a partner is worth it, and too many close calls in the ambulance with stupid drivers not paying attention or not caring that I have lights, sirens and the right of way.


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I could put lights and sirens on my bike right now if I wanted to through my fire dept, but that would really only be for when I'm off duty and responding to a structure fire. Would be badass running all EMS calls on the bike though.
Respond om your bike to catch a plug and roll hose? Or would you have some giant bags to carry your bunker gear?
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:27 AM   #12
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Excellent idea.

Ride safe out there, ATX EMS riders.
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My thoughts exactly.

But besides the lane splitting implications... It is nice to see medics getting creative considering austins horrible traffic.
They way I read that made me LOL.
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They way I read that made me LOL.
well austin has very nice, traffic... especially around 6th.
All of MOPAC and 35 can suck my .... I hate them.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:18 PM   #15
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Seen theses guys downtown during SXSW, and random weekends on 6th. I thought it was a good idea.
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Makes me wonder if they wear gear... or do they squid around like police officers?
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Not when you consider that is the bike, the fitment of all the gear and the medical equipment on board.




I personally would not want to do something like ride on of those bikes and do EMS from it, I have made too many scenes where the protection of the ambulance is worth it, having a partner is worth it, and too many close calls in the ambulance with stupid drivers not paying attention or not caring that I have lights, sirens and the right of way.




Respond om your bike to catch a plug and roll hose? Or would you have some giant bags to carry your bunker gear?
I'm just an EMT so I'd run rehab or accountability. Or relieve a FF/EMT if there's one stuck on an ambulance.
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Bikes are for heavy traffic and if I recall correctly some off-road incident stuff. Idea is being to get to the victim and work them until ambulance or helo can arrive.
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Great idea, but by the time it takes me to gear up...
somebody is going to die!
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