Celebrating AV’s Motorcycle Paramedics

Ambulance Victoria (AV) is showcasing its highly trained Motorcycle Unit in recognition of World Motorcycle Day on 21 June.

Specialist Resources Manager Joshua Tait said Motorcycle Paramedics are an important response capability that allows paramedics to quickly reach people in an emergency.

“Motorcycle Paramedics can safely manoeuvre through traffic faster than a road ambulance, which allows us to reach patients sometimes minutes earlier in an emergency,” Joshua said.

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“They can also access places that cars can’t – they can use bike paths and footbridges and can access pedestrian areas such as Federation Square, Flinders Street walkway, and Bourke Street.”

The BMW F 850 GS motorcycles are specifically designed for emergency services.

The custom motorcycles are equipped with emergency beacons, emergency siren, two-way radio communication, and panniers that hold life-saving medical equipment.

“The bikes carry modified versions of the equipment found on an ambulance, including an automated external defibrillator, medication, airway equipment, and trauma management supplies,” Joshua said.

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Motorcycle Paramedic Geoff Briggs said it has been a privilege to work in the unit for the past 12 years.

“It’s amazing to combine the job I love doing with my favourite pastime which is riding motorbikes,” he said.

“Back when I joined Ambulance Victoria 21 years ago, I never thought this unit would exist.”

AV first trialled motorcycle response in 2011 and formally implemented the use of motorcycles in 2015.

Motorcycle Paramedics attend special events across the state including New Year’s Eve and sporting and charity events such as the Melbourne Marathon, Around the Bay, and Run for the Kids.

They respond to all kind of cases and each year attend more than 3000 calls.Motorcycle Paramedic going through life-saving medical kit Close-up of the BMW GS850 motorcycles