TROY — The Troy Fire Department recently received grants to outfit their paramedics on wheels.
The department received a donation from the Thom and Pat Robinson Fund to purchase four new Volcanic bicycles to be used by medics during the Troy Strawberry Festival, Treasure Island concerts and other large scale outdoor events.
The new wheels were put to work over the festival weekend with approximately 20 people needing immediate medical attention during the festival.
“These bikes are specifically designed for fire and police use. They have a lifetime frame warranty and are built to have a longer service life. The bikes are also outfitted with racks and packs which carry all of our Advanced Life Support equipment,” said Chief Matthew Simmons.
The Troy Fire Department also received a grant from the Ohio EMS organization to update the department’s advanced AED (Automated External Defibrillator) units.
“We also obtained a state of Ohio EMS grant that we were able to update our advanced AED units, which allow for paramedics to treat certain heart conditions. We were able to purchase two of these AED units to outfit the teams,” Chief Simmons said.
Paramedics ride in teams of two “roving teams.”
“One team is comprised of two paramedics and carry EMS equipment including, advanced AED units, oxygen, modified ALS drug bag, and first aid supplies. This allows for the roving bike medics to efficiently and effectively respond to and care for any EMS incidents up to a full cardiac arrest,” Chief Simmons said.
The Thom and Pat Robinson Fund donated $12,500 for the equipment.
“The Troy Fire Department strives to provide the best service for our community and we are proud to work with community leaders and partners that believe in our mission,” Simmons said in a press release. “Their generosity and support only helps to enhance our levels or service, professionalism, and dedication to the citizens and visitors of the city of Troy. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful people in our community who are willing to lend a hand and make Troy, Ohio a beautiful and safe place to call home.”