Devon first aiders faster on bikes

Joseph Bulmer

DEVON Red Cross has unveiled two new fast response vehicles — bicycles.

The first of their kind in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset or the Channel Islands,

the bikes give first aiders speed and manoeuvrability when visiting outside events such as the show and will be seen in action throughout the region.

The bikes, which have been sponsored by Land Rover, were soon pressed into action at the North Devon Show as Red Cross members attended several minor incidents such as stings, abrasions and people suffering from the heat or generally feeling unwell.

Biker Andrea Beecham told the Gazette that they had proved very manoeuvrable among the crowds and were equipped with bells to give a warning.

When fully operational the bikes will also be fitted with special panniers in which to carry medical equipment.