Mounted and ready, our cycle response team were part of increased presence in the city where up to 180,000 visitors flowed through each day to enjoy the event. With increased support from area ambulance crews across the region, our cycle responders were a great addition to ensure effective emergency support was available for those who may need it.
Jay Vernon, Paramedic and Cycle Response Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside at NWAS, said: “Responding on a pedal bike allows a unique opportunity to access places around our city that vehicles cannot. They have the advantage of speed and can regularly beat vehicle ambulances to incidents as certain highway restrictions do not apply to cyclists, allowing them to get to patients, and treat them, as quickly as possible. This was especially beneficial during Eurovision as we faced temporary road closures and huge numbers of visitors across the city.”
This is the first time in several years that the cycle response team have been stationed in Liverpool, paving the way for future presence in the area. Matt Calderbank, Sector Manager for Cheshire and Merseyside North said: “It’s been a real success in terms of patient care and the support from the public has been great. We would like to see the cycle team out and about more often in the future.”
Jay continued: “The people in and around the city were really supportive of seeing paramedics on pedal bikes working collaboratively with other emergency services to ensure everyone was safe during the event. As always with the weather, it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits both in official event locations and around the city.”