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.

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