EASTTOWN -- Imagine being in the middle of a crowd enjoying a concert at Wilson Farm Park when suddenly something goes wrong and someone needs medical attention immediately.
Due to a crowd, an ambulance is unable to swiftly get through.
But now, an emergency medical technician can maneuver through a crowd here using new bicycles outfitted with the same medical equipment found in an ambulance.
Berwyn EMT Capt. Matthew Valocchi, Lt. Chris Griesser and Lt. Nam Truong worked last fall to secure financing for the bikes after seeing more community events that draw large crowds.
"Even in the few years I've been here there's been a whole lot of development of parks and public space," said Greisser. "We decided we needed a more agile service."
Berwyn Fire Company EMTs recently purchased four EMS bikes. Two bikes have already arrived.
One is equipped to handle cardiac arrest cases. It holds a defibrillator, which can be used to restart someone's heart. The bike also holds basic airway equipment to help a patient breathe.
The second bike holds medical and trauma emergency equipment, such as splinting supplies and tools to assess vitals.
"They really have everything an ambulance has without the ability to transport," Greisser said.
EMTs will travel on the two bikes as a team. Two additional bikes with the same equipment are slated to arrive later this month. All of the bikes have sirens and emergency lights.
Berwyn Fire Company was able to purchase the bikes partly due to a $7,000 state grant obtained by state Rep. Duane Milne, R-167th, of Willistown. Two local businesses -- Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors and Firstrust Bank -- kicked in $2,500 each.
Truong said the bikes will be particularly helpful this summer during planned events at Wilson Farm Park.
"This park specifically poses a challenge for us because the access for an ambulance is quite limited," Truong said. "So we can get there very quickly (on bikes) and start rendering aid as the ambulance makes its way closer to us."
Last week, nine volunteer Berwyn EMTs completed 32 hours of related training through International Police Mountain Bike Association, Greisser said.
"We take a lot of pride in being progressive. The bikes fit into our mission here," Truong said.
An added bonus to having the bikes, Truong said, is the way they will improve the fitness of EMTs.