Victoria's first Motorcycle Paramedic Unit
2 December 2011
Ambulance Victoria has officially launched Victoria’s first Motorcycle Paramedic Unit to respond to emergencies in inner Melbourne.
The dedicated Motorcycle Paramedic Unit will make it easier and quicker for Ambulance Victoria to respond to emergencies at places such as the Docklands and the busy CBD.
The growing population is putting pressure on our transport infrastructure, and as a result, increasing traffic congestion is making it difficult for ambulances to respond rapidly to emergencies in inner Melbourne.
The new Motorcycle Paramedic Unit will provide early assessment, triage and initiation of treatment. It will also be able to advise the co-ordination centre when stretcher vehicles are not required - enabling resources to be directed to where they are most needed.
The men and women of the first Motorcycle Paramedic Unit will be riding Piaggio 500cc motorcycles. These motorcycles are used by paramedics in Singapore.
In 2010-11, Ambulance Victoria responded to 350,000 emergency incidents in metropolitan Melbourne.