Paramedics to get motorcycles

2012-07-17 16:07

Johannesburg - An expanded paramedic motorcycle unit was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The Motorcycle Response Unit (MRU) for Gauteng would soon also be in action in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, Netcare 911 said.

The MRU was tried out as a single unit late last year in Johannesburg.

"During this pilot phase we found the MRU invaluable in time-critical cases such as those where patients suffered a stroke, heart attack or near drowning," said Netcare 911 managing director Tumi Nkosi.

He said the MRU achieved improved response times and was on average 40% faster, especially when traffic was gridlocked.

The MRU would comprise five trained paramedics serving the greater Johannesburg and Pretoria CBDs, as well as the surrounding areas.

  • johan.vanzyl.56 - 2012-07-17 16:34

    A big thumbs up for motorbikes. Now motorists just need to be aware of the paramedics on the bikes and not take them out due to being unaware of what goes on around them or due to being on their mobile phones. The MRU is a great initiative.

      phillip.vercueil - 2012-07-17 16:47

      We have the same system here in Scotland and it works very well!! Hopefully the motorist there will show the same respect to the bikes as they do here!! It is a great initiative!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-17 21:13

      Yes Phillip, but in Scotland you have a majority of thinking caring road users. Here in South Africa we have murderous, gun toting idiots who think they own the road. I really hope these brave selfless paramedics stand a chance of survival out there ...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-17 16:39

    Good initiative. I like it.

  • Ken Denysschen - 2013-07-23 15:19

    This is a no brain'er. I ride a bike and drive a car. Since riding my bike I have learnt bike riders have to think for most car drivers. Maybe everyone should be made to ride a bike so they think about bikers. It's not difficult to look out for the average bike rider as he will be appropriately dressed and riding with headlights on. Lets hope the general public look out for these paramedics as they might just need them one day.

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