The Scottish Ambulance Service this week took delivery of nine 1200cc BMW touring motorbikes this week to provide a faster service in Scotland's cities. Here we interview one of the paramedic bikers chosen to provide the new service.
The JT: So tell me, how do you see the new bike helping provide a better service?
Biker: Well, what you've got to remember is that this baby, the BMW R1200 RT, is a real advance on the R1200 GS, they've upped the overall power to 110bhp with a Nm of 115.
The JT: Meaning, I take it that, the bike is quite fast?
Biker: Fast? I'll say! 0 to 62 in 3 seconds. And its top speed is on the toppy side of 120. If you catch my drift...
The JT: So, fast bike, fast response time to the scene of an accident, faster treatment for the patient?
Biker: Y-e-e-s, sort of. We'll need to see about that tho'.
The JT: But my understanding is that the bike will be fitted with panniers containing all the equipment the attending paramedic needs to stabilise the patient's condition.
Biker: Yep, that's the problem right there, you see. Too much weight on the backend, talking a black hole in performance terms. I suppose I could carry a packet of plasters, some paracetamol, stuff like that.
The JT: I see, well I suppose it's something at least that the service will be able to get through busy city streets quicker.
Biker: Hmm, don't know about that...
The JT: What, you don't know if it will result in faster response times in urban environments?
Biker: Yeh, see it's the city thing I'm concerned about...
The JT: In what sense?
Biker: Well, I don't want to risk the bike getting scratched do I?
Inside: NB: please note that the new service will be positioned at that tea hut at the Rest and Be Thankful. When phoning with a life threatening emergency be sure to ask for Les.