CCEMS Bike Medic Response Team Receives Generous Grant

The Cypress Creek EMS Bike Medic Response Team will now be able to provide a higher level of emergency medical care at major public events, thanks to a generous grant from the IRONMAN Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

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The $17,777 grant pays for a custom trailer to transport the Cypress Creek EMS UTV ambulance and all the equipment for up to eight bike medics. UTV stands for Utility Task Vehicle.

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At public events, the UTV trailer which has generator and climate controlled bike and equipment storage will serve as the command center for the team. The new trailer will be deployed for the first time at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas National American Championship in the Woodlands on May 16, 2015.

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At the all-day event, athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands, followed by a 112-mile bike course and ending with a 26.2-mile run to the finish line on Waterway Ave.

As the athletes push the limits of their physical capabilities there is no doubt that medics will be needed. Based on prior experience, CCEMS Special Operations Director Wren Nealy says, “We expect to evaluate and transport as many as 100 athletes. The majority will be transported by UTV ambulance to the Mobile Field Hospital established by Memorial Hermann Hospital.”

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The CCEMS UTV is the only such vehicle in the Greater Houston area equipped with everything you would find in a regular ambulance.

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The CCEMS Bike Medic Response team will work alongside the Montgomery County Hospital District EMS and several Montgomery County Fire Departments to quickly respond to athletes and spectators in need of medical care. In addition, 14 CCEMS paramedic students will staff medical aid stations along the 26.2 mile running course.

The CCEMS Bike Medic Response Team was formed in 1996 by staff and volunteers. It was the first such unit in the Houston/Harris County area. In began with no budget, so the founding members sought out donations to make the unit a reality. At that time, bikes were donated by area businesses and soon the team was providing rapid responses to medical emergencies during special events.

The concept of providing rapid response to medical emergencies has proven effective beyond the original team members expectations. Today, the Bike Team provides its services to about 50 special events each year. These range from the Texas Crawfish Festival to IRONMAN competitions to Mardi Gras in Galveston.