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  08/15/2013 at 12:39 pm

Motorcycles Saving Lives

August 15, 2013

Motorcycles Saving Lives
From Utah to Israel, Emergency Responders Are Arriving Faster  on Motorcycles

When something terrible happens and you need the help of  an emergency responder, seconds can make the difference.  But with the streets and highways of the world  getting more and more congested with traffic, ambulances can be held up and  prevented from reaching the scene in time.   That’s why EMTs from around the world have turned to motorcycles to help  them reach emergencies faster.

TEDTalks, a well-known speaker series known for  showcasing modern innovators and forward thinkers, recently featured an EMT  named Eli Beer. Born in Jerusalem, Beer witnessed a bus crash as a child that  inspired him to become an EMT at the age of 15. After noticing that traffic was  preventing ambulances from reaching emergencies, he founded United Hatzalah  (United Rescue). Utilizing, “ambucycles,” motorcycles equipped with emergency  equipment, Beer and his fellow EMTs are able to decrease emergency response  times to just three minutes. Once they arrive at the scene, they can stabilize  victims and care for them until an ambulance arrives to take them to a  hospital. The ambucycles are equipped with everything an ambulance would be  except a gurney. To date, the ambucycles have saved over 200,000 lives in  Israel.

A similar program in Davis County, Utah has equipped its  paramedics with motorcycles. Their program was inspired by another motorcycle  paramedic program in Miami-Dade County, Florida that decreased its emergency  response time from 15 to 3 minutes. Motorcycles help the paramedics maneuver  through traffic more quickly and traverse dirt roads and bike paths with  greater ease. "We can carry everything we need to treat a critical patient  and a regular patient immediately, and then we have a partner that shows up in  a regular SUV with full gear in the next few minutes,” explained David County  Deputy Christopher Pope. Among a multitude of lifesaving gear and medical equipment,  the motorcycles carry IVs, an oxygen tank, breathing tubes and pain medication.  Most recently, the motorcycle paramedics saved the life of a woman having a  heart attack. They bypassed the ER and had her transported straight into  surgery, after which she made a complete recovery.

We love to hear stories about motorcycles being  able to help people around the world and around the country. Tell us your  thoughts about motorcycle paramedics on The Eagle Leather Facebook Page!
 
Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/02/tedtalk-fastest-ambulance-motorcycle-video/
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