So far they only have one motorcycle, a white Yamaha FJR1300 with “MotoMedics” livery.
Co-founder Jade McGuinness says the bike seems to have had a calming effect on other riders.
“They see the bike and probably think it’s the police patrolling and they slow down,” he says.
Jade says he supports more visible police patrols on the roads to act as a deterrent.
We followed Jade over the mountain and also noticed riders slowing down when they saw the bike.
However, we didn’t notice the covert police BMW K 1300 pass by until Jade told us about it later on.
It illustrates Jade’s point about visible police patrols. It also provides anecdotal evidence that a police covert patrol is pointless if it doesn’t deter riders from dangerous behaviour.
Meanwhile, Jade says they have already had good support from Moreton Bay Regional Council and hope to extend their service to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hinterlands in 2017 and throughout the nation within five years.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 11 Councillor Darren Grimwade recently met with representatives from MotoMedics to discuss funding opportunities and eligibility through council’s community grants program.
“Council’s community grants program provides financial support to community organisations in the Moreton Bay Region for projects, events and initiatives that benefit our residents,” the councillor says.
MotorMedics will also approach motorcycle companies for sponsorship to get more motorcycles patrolling other areas popular with riders.
Jade says any type of motorcycle that can fit their emergency first-aid equipment would be suitable. It doesn’t need to be fast as they abide by all speed limits when on patrol and attending an incident.
Co-founder Ryan Chase says they have three other qualified paramedic volunteers who will ride on roster between Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
Ryan believes there is a vital need for a first-responder patrol service to fill in the waiting time between a crash and the arrival of an ambulance.
“Response times on the mountains for a Queensland Ambulance Asset can take time as they need to come from the Gap or Samford/Maleny,” he says.
“By placing ourselves already on the mountain we have the ability to proceed to an incident when QAS is responded but begin administering critical first-aid until an ambulance can get on scene.”
So far, the not-for-profit MotoMedics has one suitably equipped Yamaha FJR1300 but they hope to raise funds through a Gofundme campaign for more bikes.