Medics equipped with mountainbikes
and Medics on mountainbikes will come to the aid of injured fans during the Rugby World Cup.
Wellington Free Ambulance has added two mountainbikes to its fleet so paramedics can easily navigate inner-city streets, Courtenay Place and the waterfront.
Ambulance service spokesman Ross Cameron said the number of pedestrians expected during the tournament would make it difficult to get ambulances or quad bikes through parts of the city. ‘‘It just means we can be on the spot. ‘‘We can keep up with the crowds as they migrate,’’ Mr Cameron said.
He said two bicycles used by medics to patrol the waterfront, Oriental Bay and summer events had been successful.
For the duration of the Rugby World Cup, four bikes would be in use.
The high-spec Norco mountain bikes have been equipped with radio communications, a defibrillator and an advanced first aid kit.
‘‘Those fan zones will have quite a high pedestrian count, so the bikes will be pretty useful amongst the World Cup party goers, just as a rapid response unit,’’ Mr Cameron said.
There will also be a specially equipped quad bike, a four-wheel-drive vehicle and the standard fleet of ambulances.
As well as the mobile medics, a triage centre will be set up on Tory St during the World Cup to offer rapid treatment and reduce the workload on frontline and emergency staff, Mr Cameron said.
Two-wheel aid: Paramedic Ross Weddell takes to the road on a mountainbike.