MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department has debuted its newest addition to the crew-- an EMS bike unit.
First responders will now have access to six bikes, specially designed and equipped to provide them with a faster way to get to patients in need of help at crowded events, like run/walks or community gatherings.
Paramedics were at Ride the Drive on Sunday to show off their new bikes that can carry as much equipment as they'd need to respond to injuries or emergencies along the way.
Responders were able to use the new bikes for the first time on Saturday at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
"We did have a couple of incidents there, minor injuries and we were able to access the patients quickly on these bikes here," says MFD paramedic Kris Kiley. "We're able to carry more equipment, medications and gain quicker access to the patients that we see in the community and on our race day events and special events."'
The paramedics will ride in teams of two at big events.