10 May 2013
For immediate release Friday 10 May 2013
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A British Red Cross first aid motorbike will make its debut at the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride, which starts in Brandeston on Sunday 12 May.
First aid motorcycles are already used in the ambulance service to provide rapid access and urgent care to people in need and now the Red Cross are doing the same. The Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride will be the debut event for the charity’s Suzuki V-Strom 650 GT first aid motorbike.
Volunteers from the Red Cross provide first aid cover at many events like these throughout the country, using ambulances, 4x4s and bicycles. They are now adding two Suzuki motorbikes to their fleet of medical vehicles, to provide even more essential first aid at public events.
Volunteer Kev Brace will be riding the motorbike at the fundraising event in aid of Action Medical Research where participants can choose from a 42, 68 or 103 mile ride, starting at Brandeston Hall.
Paula Stevenson, first aid service manager at the Red Cross, said: “These new motorbikes are a fantastic addition to our existing fleet of emergency response vehicles. Having motorbikes available at events such as the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride will really help us reach people who need medical attention even more quickly.
“The bike is fully equipped with vital lifesaving equipment and the volunteer rider is fully trained to respond a variety of challenging and life-threatening situations. This could be vital in the first crucial moments after a cardiac arrest, when swift lifesaving treatment can make all the difference.”
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 GT model was selected based on its performance and ability to carry medical equipment safely. The bike is equipped with full resuscitation capability, including a defibrillator and oxygen.
The motorbikes are only operated by volunteers who have a high level of first aid training, including vital resuscitation support training. All riders also undertake a motorcycle handling course which includes written exams. This has been written and delivered by an external, specialist company.
Richard Hankins, head of event first aid for the British Red Cross, said: “Our first aiders will be using these bikes to help them save lives and reduce suffering. We believe the fact we now have the bikes will be really appreciated by competitors and event organisers alike. We've already received a large number of bookings: these are mostly for cycle races, sponsored walks, marathons and other mass participation events on public roads.”
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