The purpose of the EMS Bike Patrol is two-fold:
- to provide an alternative means to allow medic personnel to reach people with medical emergencies who are not easily or rapidly accessible by medic vehicle or ambulance in a large crowd.
- to provide public education and awareness of the importance of bicycle safety. Head and brain injuries are the most common causes of death in bicycle incidents.
The EMS Bike Patrol operates in Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) modes and works in cooperation with a stationary medic team at special events who provide an all terrain vehicle and additional personnel if the situation requires it. Team members complete extensive training and must be in excellent physical condition to meet the demands of this role which include riding significant distances at fast speeds to ensure quick response times.