Implemented in the Spring of 1996, the Toronto Paramedic Services Mountain Bike Program is designed for use during the various special events that Toronto Paramedic Services serves throughout the year.
The primary objective of the Toronto Paramedic Services Mountain Bike Program is to provide rapid response through congested areas, allowing paramedics to arrive at the patient’s side faster than a traditional ambulance might. As well, the program promotes safe bicycle riding and injury prevention to the public.
Toronto EMS currently owns 16 mountain bikes and has two CAN-BIKE instructors on staff.
Our mountain bikes have aluminum frames and suspension forks for negotiating stairs and curbs. The bikes are equipped with heavy duty lighting for night operations. The medical equipment carried on the mountain bike consists of an airway kit, oxygen, suction, glucometry, a symptom relief kit with five medications, first aid kit, and a semi-automatic external defibrillator. Specially designed rear rack and panniers enable the bike to hold all this equipment.
The Toronto EMS Mountain Bike Program is affiliated with Toronto City Cycling/CAN-BIKE for training and education, the Ontario Cycling Association for licensing, and the Toronto Police Bicycle Unit for program development.
The Toronto EMS Mountain Bike Program has attracted a significant amount of attention and support from both the public and the media. Recognized as a high profile initiative, the program received coverage by the media including a nationwide CBC broadcast.
Funding for program expansion will be achieved primarily through corporate sponsorship.
Some of the events where the Toronto Paramedic Services Mountain Bike Program provides service include:
- Toronto Grand Prix
- The Canadian National Exhibition
Further requests for information should can be sent to Mike Martino. Every attempt will be made to answer your questions.