Officials begin bicycle medic program at LAX to improve response times

  • Source: KTTV-TV MyFox 11 Los Angeles
  • Published: 10/12/2017 10:16 AM

First responders to injured travelers at Los Angeles International Airport are now available to arrive on bicycle from within the complex in an effort to reduce the number of unnecessary ambulance and fire truck calls, airport officials announced Wednesday. The six-month trial program between Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Fire Department was begun because LAFD data show that the majority of emergency medical service incidents at LAX do not result in ambulance transports to the hospital, making the practice of routinely sending fire trucks and rescue ambulances to the airport inefficient. Instead of always sending a truck or ambulance, two advanced life support cycle teams are now responding to calls, supported by an advanced provider response unit staffed with a nurse practitioner and a firefighter/paramedic, all located in the LAX terminals.


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