The Bike Medic Team was organized in May 1996 and is commanded by David Jarashaw as an additional means to deliver emergency medical services (EMS).
With the increasing number of large venue, mass gathering events such as the American Music Festival, Boardwalk Art Show, July 4th Fireworks and regional events such as NASCAR motor races in Richmond, Virginia there became an increasing need in the City for this type of service. The mobility of the bikes allows the teams to get into areas where ambulances are limited. Their immediate access at these events provides a quick response to patient care.
The Bike Medic Team consists of 24 members and is coordinated by the Captain of Special Operations. The bike medic team currently uses eight 24-speed mountain bikes with front suspension. Each bike is outfitted with headlight systems, warning lights, rear gear rack and saddlebags to carry equipment. Each team consists of two bikes that together carry a full set of EMS equipment.
The Basic Life Support bike, operated by a EMT-Basic, carries a fire extinguisher, fire resistant coveralls, a semi-automatic cardiac defibrillator, and other basic assessment and first aid supplies.
The Advanced Life Support bike operated by a Shock Trauma, Cardiac Technician or Paramedic carries basic and advanced airway and breathing equipment, equipment to start intravenous lines, and a small drug kit to treat the majority of conditions requiring medications.
Each member wears a highly visible uniform and carries a portable radio for communicating with the Incident commander or other units operating at an event.