05/05/07 154 W - + 18 - 16 The Longest Wait

Thump in the distance, a couple cars ahead. North on McDowell, approaching Lane. Brake lights and scattering cars. Roll to a halt and there's a motorcycle against a dented minivan. Inch forward and see a single person on the pavement. Three block south is a square full of first responders. Irony. Pull over and hop out. Somebody's already talking to 911. Kneel behind the victim. He's conscious, still and speaking. And cracking jokes. No blood, no signs of shock. Don't move. Keep your head still. There'll be an ambulance here in a second. Many seconds, of course. That's the longest wait, though there's no hysterics here. It's people screaming that really slows time. The other driver is crying but not wailing. EMS arrives within minutes, ambo and bike team. Engine 3 a couple minutes later. Back away, retrieve vest, circle scene once with camera, and continue on. Just another day in the city.

Bike team?
Flip (Email) (Web Site) - 05/06/07 - 04:28

Legeros - 05/06/07 - 04:59

Raleigh Fire, Cary EMS and Rex ERT also have bike teams in the county
CFP 7021 (Email) - 05/06/07 - 09:05

Wake County EMS has a bike team with 14 certified members, supported by a an equipment trailer. The team works special events downtown, RBC center, South Glenwood, etc.

Nice pix of them rendering care elsewhere on legeros.com.

Skip Kirkwood (Email) (Web Site) - 05/07/07 - 09:45

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