Woah! Anyone got some stabilisers?
I posted the other day about Zimbabwe’s new Ox-Wagon ambulances. Well, they’re a third world country so what can you expect. Now, in 21st Century England, Anthony (marigold) Marsh, newly appointed as Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, has unveiled his ‘secret’ weapon in the fight against ‘falling’ response times: Yes, it’s a bicycle; complete with blue lights, sirens, defibrillator, vital drugs and (wait for it) a puncture repair kit. Read the article in the Birmingham Mail.
Tony, oops sorry, Anthony said, “I believe it is much quicker for the *Cycle Response Unit to get to pedestrian areas to treat patients, especially during the busy Christmas period when the city centre is very crowded,” Judging by the picture I’d suggest that this is a new way to discipline staff for their failure to meet local ‘A’ cat targets. Add a trailer on the back and they could transport patients as well.
Oh, and it’s going to “help save the planet by proving an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional, fuel consuming ambulances.”
Look forward to Alan Murray introducing a rugged, mountainbike unit in his revamping of the Welsh Ambulance Service.
*Maybe that should be Cycle Response Advanced Paramedic.