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NSW joins emergency slow-down rule

NSW will join Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia with a new road rule requiring all motorists to slow down when passing stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicles. In NSW, WA and Victoria, motorists have to slow to 40km/h, but they have to slow to 25km/h in SA. Queensland has rejected Police Union calls for a …

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Call for 40km/h past emergency vehicles

Emergency services workers are pushing for national approval of the new Victorian rule that vehicles must slow to 40km/h when passing parked or slow-moving emergency vehicles. This is despite the fact that one day after Victoria introduce the new rule a truck slammed into the rear of a small sedan that had slowed to 40km/h on …

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Helmet removal update for ambulance

A manual for ambulance officers on safe motorcycle helmet removal from a crashed rider is being rewritten to accommodate latest technologies. Unfortunately, it has not yet been approved or adopted at a national level, but it is being promoted across Australia, New Zealand and PNG by the Council of Ambulance Authorities. The concern about removing …

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Karen Caruso hit an ambulance that ran a red light

No charges in ambulance and bike crash

Police investigations into a crash between a motorcycle and an ambulance that went through a red light have concluded with no charges laid for driver or rider. The crash happened at a set of lights at 11am on September 28, 2016, in Vermont South, Melbourne, between a Victorian Ambulance Ford Territory and Karen Caruso on …

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MotoMedics patrol sobers riders

While police patrol motorcycle “hot spots” on covert bikes, a MotoMedics first-responder motorcycle on Mt Glorious seems to have had a more preventative effect. In their first full weekend of operation MotoMedics Queensland has reported no incidences, despite a very active weekend for riders around Brisbane. MotoMedics is a volunteer riders group who will act as first responders to injured …

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Do we need off-road motorcycle paramedics?

Motorcycle paramedics operate in several cities around the world, but with the growing number of trail and adventure riders heading bush is it time for off-road bike paramedics as well? The argument is that while a motorcycle paramedic cannot transport a patient, they can get to them quicker in inaccessible areas. The role of the …

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Karen Caruso in ambulance collision

Fault assumed in crash with ambulance

A female rider seriously injured in a crash has been assumed by the insurance company to be at fault simply because she collided with a paramedic ambulance. Max Caruso claims his wife, Karen, was turning right on a green arrow from Burwood Highway into Springvale Rd at Vermont South at 11am on September 28 when …

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Concerns over motorcycle CRASH Card

Riders will be asked to insert a free CRASH Card filled with their medical information inside their helmet to help emergency services in the event of a crash. The Caution Road Accident Serious Crash (CRASH) Card will be accompanied by a red-dot “Do not remove helmet” sticker to be placed on the outside of the helmet …

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Paramedic Georgia Melville

Georgia’s Paramedic Charity Ride passion

Paramedic and adventure riding fanatic Georgia Melville has started a charity ride to raise money for a charity that she is passionate about – Beyond Blue. I first met Georgia when she was the paramedic on the Compass Expeditions Outback Tour with Charley Boorman a couple of years ago. She has since been stationed in …

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