August 15, 2011
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) answered 20 calls for medical assistance during The Providence Bridge Pedal Sunday. Lieutenant Matthew Silva, Fire Liaison to the Portland Office of Emergency Management, supervised eight firefighters who patrolled the course and provided medical aid where needed. The firefighters used two rescues, one brush unit, and two specially modified ATV's to get through and around the congestion that over 18,000 bicyclists bring to the streets and bridges of Portland during this event.
Of the 20 calls for help, American Medical Response transported six individuals to area hospitals. Two of those transports were for individuals with serious traumatic injuries and one transport was for a man who had suffered a heart attack. It is unknown at this time the conditions of any of the patients.
PF&R recognizes that bringing thousands of cyclists together can cause accidents. That is why PF&R assigns these firefighters to this event to assist and to be at the right place at the right time. One firefighter, who was utilizing an ATV, was near the man who suffered the heart attack. The firefighter was able to quickly get to the individual and assist the bystanders in administering CPR. The firefighter then stayed with the man's 6-year-old child until Portland Police were able to transport the child to a family member after the man was transported to OHSU.
Portland Fire & Rescue reminds everyone that properly fitting bicycle helmets continue to save lives everyday. Please wear your helmet when you ride.
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August 15, 2011
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