Ross Manning, Bicycle Response Unit
Works at special events, such as big race meetings and New Year’s Eve, where there are large crowds and difficult access. ‘What we didn’t realise when we started (in 2000) is how many jobs we’d pick up just riding around. Sometimes you beat the triple zero call.
The Bicycle Response Unit is not a full time service, but works at special events across Victoria such as the Spring Racing Carnival, Formula 1 grand prix, Anzac Day March, Melbourne Marathon, street parades and New Years Eve. These types of events generally have large crowds and difficult vehicle access which makes the bicycle response quicker and more efficient.
Bicycle response paramedics have a high level of fitness and are often involved in sports such as cycling or triathlon outside of work. When working in the Bicycle Response Unit, they are often first on scene and, although they cannot transport patients, they carry modified versions of all the equipment stored on a standard ambulance.
When not working on the Bicycle Response Unit, paramedics continue to work in their main role.