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SLO Fire Dept. to use E-bikes for rescue operations

San Luis Obispo Fire Department
Posted at 12:57 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 15:57:24-05

The San Luis Obispo Fire Department on Friday announced major improvements to its rescue capabilities.

It is starting a new E-Bike Medic Program will use motorized mountain bikes to help first responders reach those injured on the city's trails quicker.

“It is amazing how much faster our paramedics can reach patients on our City’s trails,” said Fire Engineer and Paramedic Ryan Mason, who led the department’s new e-bike program development. “What used to take 45 minutes to an hour to reach an injured hiker or mountain biker can now take us less than 10 minutes.”

The City's fire department partnered with the San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Local IAFF 3523 Benevolent & Emergency Assistance (B.E.A.R.) Fund and the parents of the late Matthew Frank, also known as SLO Stringer, to make this possible.