SAS bike squad deployed at Six Nations at Murrayfield

Scottish Ambulance Service emergency responders are to be deployed on bikes for this weekend’s Six Nations match with Italy.

Off the back of Glasgow’s COP26 in 2021, where bikes were used at the climate change conference to attend to medical incidents at the event, a team of SAS emergency responders has been recruited and trained for deployment.

The East Region cycle Response Team can be deployed through the Service’s Ambulance Control Centre (ACC).

The squad, which has 11 members and although based in the East at present, can be used anywhere in Scotland if requested. Recently, they attended the Scotland vs Ireland match at Murrayfield, and will also be out at the Scotland vs Italy game on Saturday (March 18).

Last year, they were used at The Open at St Andrews and other sporting events, while they will also be used at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later this year for the second year running alongside normal ambulance resources.

Andrew Cook, Paramedic Team Leader and lead on the unit, said: “This great initiative has been utilised successfully at various events.

“They can respond easier to busy footfall areas and can be deployed to a range of incidents such as cardiac arrests. If appropriate, they will be backed up with additional ambulance resources depending on the call.

“The idea being that paramedics can respond quicker to emergencies in busy areas that are difficult to travel through in a car or ambulance.  

“The bikes have equipment that will enable them to respond to life-threatening emergencies and we hope that the cycle responder paramedics will be able to treat and triage patients appropriately on scene, which could potentially free up another resource for conveying patients to hospital.

“Another fundamental benefit of the cycle response unit is the reduction of carbon footprint.”

in 2022 where the bikes were used Six Nations, Festival of Running, Edinburgh Marathon, British Open Golf, Eagles concert Murrayfield, Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow to Edinburgh Cycle, Scottish Half Marathon, Autumn internationals Murrayfield, Queens Funeral, Winter Market. 

Posted on 20/03/2023