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Paramedics trade in ambulances for bikes during Riverfest

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Tri-State Ambulance paramedics traded in their ambulances for bicycles during Riverfest.

Those paramedics said bikes are much easier to maneuver in big crowds. So in case of a medical emergency, they'll be able to start treatment immediately.

Those bikes have 40 pounds of equipment attached to them, including advanced life support equipment, advanced airway equipment, AEDs and medications.

That's enough to treat a person for roughly 10 minutes before an ambulance arrives, said Mike Huber a critical care paramedic for Tri-State Ambulance.

"So we're down here at Riverfest just being here for the community, providing first aid and care for patients that may be overcome by heat or just have medical emergencies in general,” Huber said.

The bikes have been used for the past seven Riverfests, according to Huber. They're on duty for 6 p.m. to midnight.

So far this year, the paramedics have only responded to a handful of medical calls.

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