Police Officers, Medics and Firefighters from all over the Greater Houston Area are at Cypress Creek EMS this week for the EMS and Police Cyclist Operations Courses certified by IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association). Note: For Those who volunteer to work the FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade, tuition is free. (see more on that below)
The Pasadena Fire Department and Cypress Creek EMS also have students in the class
Of the seven IPMBA certified instructors, six are from Cypress Creek EMS. They are Matt Tomlinson (Lead EMS Instructor), Bobby Sellers (Lead Police Instructor), Brian Gillman, Jeff Taylor, Steven Ray, and Juan Rodriguez. The seventh instructor is former CCEMS Field Supervisor Rebecca Lane, who now works for Fort Bend EMS.
Lead Police Instructor Bobby Sellers Teaches the Finer Points of Low Speed Maneuvering in Tight Spaces
Although some of the training is the same, there are differences between the Police and EMS courses. Here are the course descriptions.
EMS Course Description: Safety, job performance, and efficiency are at the root of this training program. EMS personnel on bikes can frequently respond more quickly than those in motor vehicles, especially in congested urban areas and in crowds. They are also effective in search-and-rescue operations, such as those resulting from natural disasters. Students learn basic and emergency bike-handling skills, riding single and in pairs under various traffic conditions, ways to effectively and safely pack equipment, techniques designed to safely handle EMS scenes, and personal safety techniques. This course is a must for Medics seeking to develop and improve their riding skills and their use of the bike on the job.
Course Length: minimum 32 hours
Testing Procedure: Written & On-Bike
Requirements: Applicants must currently be EMS personnel currently assigned to bike units, EMS personnel applying to become members of a bike unit, or members of an agency considering use of the bicycle.
Certification: IPMBA Certification is available to EMS personnel who successfully complete the practical test, earn a score of 76% or better on the written test, become members of IPMBA, and submit applications for certification accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Police Course Description
Bicycle officers need to ride whenever and wherever they are needed. Proper training is essential to an officer’s on-the-job performance and safety. It is also critical in reducing liability. The PC course provides bicycle officers with the skills they need to effectively serve their communities. The course is divided into eleven units: Bike Handling & Vehicular Cycling, Bike Fit, Group Riding, Hazard Recognition & Common Crashes, Obstacle Clearing & Riding Techniques, Patrol Procedures, Nighttime Patrol, Community Policing, Basic Maintenance, Legal Issues & Traffic Laws, and Fitness & Nutrition. This demanding class involves over 20 hours of on-bike time to develop and improve riding skills.
Course Length: minimum 40 hours
Testing Procedure: written & on-bike
Requirements: Applicants must be police officers currently assigned to bike patrol, officers applying to become members of a bike unit, or members of a department considering use of the bicycle.
Certification: IPMBA Certification is available to sworn police officers who successfully complete the practical test, earn a score of 76% or better on the written test, become members of IPMBA, and submit applications for certification accompanied by the appropriate fee.
TCLEOSE credit for successful completion of the course will be awarded to Texas Peace Officers.
Tuition is free for the Officers and Medics who commit to work the Annual FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Patrick on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The tuition is covered by the 1960 Parade Committee. The participants will receive the 3-Day IPMBA Bicycle Response Team (BRT) Training from March 10-12, 2016. The Bicycle Response Team (BRT) training will teach bike officers and medics in Crowd Management Operations. Practical exercises involve riding and deploying in formations, team riding in crowds, arrest/rescue techniques, gas mask operations, slow speed skills, mounts and dismounts. The student will also learn how to use the bike as another tool in dealing with crowd management and crowd control incidents.
The Annual FM 1960 Parade is in its 38th year. This and other events held by the parade committee raises money for the Cypress Creek EMS Scholarship Fund which helps deserving EMT and Paramedic students with tuition.