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New EMS rapid response unit activated for public events

by jmaloni
Sat, Jun 16th 2012 01:50 am

by Ray Pauley

Public Information Officer

Grand Island Fire Co.

Grand Island Fire Chief Kevin Koch reports that two new specially equipped EMS "patrol" bikes have joined Grand Island Fire Department's special operations equipment for rapid response during major public events, such as parades, block parties, fundraisers, etc. These highly mobile units can provide on-the-spot basic life support treatment while alerting medics as well as transport, if needed.

Their value was demonstrated at the Relay For Life event on June 8 at the Grand Island High School when an 11-year-old Islander was injured by a golf cart and required EMS attention by GIFC standby crews, including the quick response bikers. After evaluation by GIFC medics, the youth was released to her parents for follow-up medical attention at approximately 9:10 p.m.

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