BELMONT — Chief David DeStefano and the Belmont Fire Department would like to announce the launch of its Bike Unit.
Last year, the department received a $6,500 grant from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which enabled the purchase of two bicycles, additional equipment, uniforms and training for the 10 firefighter/paramedics and EMTs who are assigned to the unit in teams of two.
The Bike Unit will allow Belmont Fire EMS to have an increased presence in the field and have a more proactive role at town events.
The unit is capable of providing Advanced Life Support care, including using an automated external defibrillator (AED) during large events and gatherings. The Bike Unit provides Belmont Fire with a rapid response capability at events where larger vehicles may have difficulty gaining access due to large crowds, remote locations or confined spaces, ensuring a high quality of care during emergencies.
“I would like to thank MEMA for the grant funding that made this unit a reality,” said Chief DeStefano. “In addition, I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the firefighters who stepped forward to obtain the additional training to staff this unit. Their commitment to improving the safety of our residents deserves recognition, and they will be a visible and consistent benefit to our community going forward.”
The Bike Unit’s first deployment came on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Becca Pizzi 5K, where members responded to a call for assistance almost immediately upon their arrival at the event. They were able to efficiently locate and treat the patient and later positioned themselves behind the runners to ensure anyone needing treatment would be tended to immediately.