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In Polk, emergency help on two wheels

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Your chest is tight. Your breathing labored. You're sweating. And you're in the middle of a massive crowd at a public event -- not where you want to be when you need medical attention as quickly as possible.

Now in Polk County, a new team may be coming to your rescue. Polk Fire Rescue is using bike teams to help people at big events who are in trouble.

A paramedic and EMT ride together carrying bags of potentially life-saving equipment, oxygen, an AED, and certain drugs.

The teams can squeeze through a crowd in a fraction of the time it would take an ambulance to get there.

Referring to one of the new bikes, Mike Lunsford of Polk Fire Rescue said, "What we have learned is that this is 45 seconds to a minute to get into a dense area, where it would take two to three minutes to even get an ATV in, and upwards of five to six minutes to get an ambulance in."

Polk Fire Rescue says the idea is working out so well, it is expanding its program from ten to fifteen members.

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