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Bike medics slash response time

2012-07-18 07:21

Johannesburg - A five-strong paramedic motorcycle unit has been launched in Johannesburg and the concept will soon be expanded to the Western Cape and kwaZulu-Natal.

It was tried out as a single motorcycle unit in Johannesburg towards the end of 2011.

FASTER RESPONSES

Netcare 911 managing director Tumi Nkosi said: "During this pilot phase we found the MRU invaluable in time-critical cases such as stroke, heart attack or drowning."

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The motorcycles achieved faster response times - almost cutting by half the time lapse between emergency call and reaching the patient - and even faster during heavy road-traffic times.

Five paramedics will serve greater Johannesburg and Pretoria.

SAPA

Comments
  • Cyrus - 2012-07-18 07:32

    Actually a brilliant Idea.

  • wade.vorster.9 - 2012-07-18 08:46

    Brilliant, I love the concept of bikers helping out in emergencies. Well done and let it grow very BIG. I fully support it.

  • cobus123456 - 2012-07-18 08:48

    Actually an old idea been running in Britain for many years. But would be great system here with all the traffic sometimes.

  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-19 15:19

    Excellent idea which should have been implemented long time ago, just hope that the anti-bike car drivers are courteous enough to allow these volunteer heroes the right of way & not deliberately block them as they do with the usual biker commuters.

  • ken.patton.589 - 2012-08-26 18:06

    I fully support it and hope to be part of it one day.

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