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Two bikes, worth about $1,300 each, were donated to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District by Lake in the Hills American Legion Post 1231, said Matt Berg, president of Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Firefighters Local 3985.

The bikes will be manned by off-duty personnel hired to staff community events, such as the Algonquin Founders’ Days parade or Lake in the Hills Triathlon and are equipped with medical supplies, including a defibrillator, oxygen, IV and bandaging for traumatic injures.

The department realized paramedic bikes would be an asset when it borrowed one from the Algonquin police to use at the Founders’ Days parade. Berg, who rode the bike, said he treated about a dozen patients during the event. He said this is the only fire department in the area to implement the program.

The bikes also allow the public to interact easier with paramedics, and they give residents the ability to have a closer look at who paramedics are and what they do.

Training for about 12 paramedics who are interested in using the bikes will start in the spring,

thanks Dan

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