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Updated: 06/20/2013 10:28:02AM

Ambulances with only two wheels

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Polk County and Haines City firefighters and rescue personnel are a new mounted patrol used to provide rescue services in crowded situations or where regular ambulances could take longer to reach someone requiring first aid. At the Hurricane Expo PCFR officer Matt Glockner (left) showed Haines City firefighters J. Herlocker (center) and Lt. J. Jimenez (left) and the crowd their new ambu-bikes.

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Taking their lead from riders in last year’s Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, some members of the Haines City Fire Department and the Polk County Fire Rescue department have taken to the streets in what could be called ambu-bikes.

The two departments, faced with providing life-saving services in areas where a regular ambulance getting to an injured or ill person could take life-threatening minutes, have taken a novel approach to the problem: they have outfitted rugged bicycles with all the equipment an ambulance has so they can provide life-saving services by weaving through crowds.

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