On Sunday, May 12, 2013, EMS Bike Teams from the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit (UDECU) and Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder assisted with the medical coverage for the Delaware Marathon in Wilmington, Delaware. UDECU was invited to provide EMS at this event by New Castle County Emergency Medical Services, and this was the third year that UDECU assisted with this event.
With approximately 3,000 runners, the EMS Bike Teams provided a crucial role in rapid response to pedestrian-heavy areas which were difficult for ambulances to travel to. The Delaware Marathon is one of many events where UDECU deploys an EMS Bike Team, and University of Delaware EMTs train extensively to become Bike Team certified.
The University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit often utilizes bicycles to respond to emergencies where an ambulance may not be able to drive to. Often times, special events on campus and in nearby communities will require an EMS Bike Team to standby for possible emergencies. These events include UD Football Games, 5K’s, the Delaware Marathon, and Bike Races.
Since the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit Bike Team is activated so often, specialized training classes are held for the EMTs. Based on International Police Mountain Bike Association courses, the UDECU classes cover navigating through crowds, biking over rough terrain, biking during inclement weather, and many other topics. UDECU has a tradition of excellence in EMS, therefore all Bike Team certified EMTs are required to go though these rigorous training classes.
Congratulations to Chad Potter, UDECU’s newest driver!
UDECU attended the Spring 2013 Activities Night at the Trabant University Center. We are still accepting applications for the Spring Probationary Class. Click here to apply online.
The University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit is now accepting applications for the 2013 Spring Probationary Class! Check out our membership information and apply online.
Happy Holidays from the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit. Have a safe holiday season and good luck on finals.
Over the past 3-4 months, Life Line ambulance has been building the new UD-1. The ambulance has completed construction, and will be painted and detailed this week. The ambulance is a 2012 Lifeline Type III on a Ford E-Series Chassis. UDECU members will vote for the final ambulance design. The University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit would like to thank the University of Delaware, as well as the hard work of past and present UDECU members, for making the purchase of the new UD-1 possible.
Congratulations to Christine Kuhl for becoming UDECU’s newest driver!
The University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit recently received a YoUDee award for its participation in the FYE student seminars, in which members provided information to new students about the role that UDECU plays on campus. For a full listing of YoUDee awards for this year, click here.