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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by schaffer40, Sep 24, 2012.
I saw that in the paper today and I know a few LA fire personal and contacted one of them and he's riding this weekend for round two of Carmageddon.
Pretty Cool. I'll ask him to take some pictures and see if I can post them up....
It's LA City not County....
Too bad their stuck on klr's
That wasn't nice...
in the uk there are some fire men on bike to i think they use fjr1300 and they carry a hose and other stuff to put out small car fires. the bike look cool.
i think they will find out quite soon how crap the klrs are if they drop it can cant get it up again.
I have met the fire service FJR rider, its a publicity tool, though they get involved with Bikesafe too, there have been trials of "firebikes" too, but these days lone working and the need for the emergency services to have backup to protect them from the public makes it little more than a publicity stunt.
See "Emergency Biker". With or without Boorman narration.
Israel does something similar.
Having grown up in LA and now living in DC, it makes sense.
In the old days, my stepdad was a mounted (aka "horse") LA County Deputy. Most metro areas are too big for horses, and they are a little more difficult to maintain than a KLR (or so I have heard), but the principle is the same. Just another method to get first responders where they are needed. All the skills and training in the world can't help people if they are stuck in a traffic jam a mile away.
A KLR is slightly faster than a horse, and you don't have to muck out the stall nearly as often.
It's Los Angeles City FD not the county
I saw that story on the local news. What I didn't know until you posted the article is that the LA police chief is a nationally ranked motocross rider. You would think there would be more pro-riding on his agenda
Here is one of the bikes
Charlie Beck rode the 2010 Catalina GP, finished 34th HWT A.
He hurt himself a few weeks ago... Small story about it but did not mention of it was dirt or street. Was not a "serious" injury.
Here is an article for R1200RT fire fighting motorcycles.
Europe and other countries have been using motorcycles as quick response/first responder vehicles for some time. It's nice to the see the U.S. playing catch up to the rest of the world as usual And no, using bikes solely for traffic or escort duty doesn't count.
I told my Chief we should get in on this...he disagreed
I went through the EMT portion of our fire academy and brought this idea up. One of their firefighters had just submitted a proposal about. It did not go through. I was thinking less on the fire fighting front and more on the EMT front. Two guys on bikes can get through traffic and stabilize the patient until the ambulance gets there for transport. As congested as the DC area is, I thought it was a good idea.
I happen to think its a good idea, the problem is that a lot of people are stuck in their ways and can't fathom doing things differently.
Also, I can't tell you the number of medical "professionals" who think I'm a total idiot for riding. They also seem to feel the need to share every gruesome story they've ever seen or heard of involving a motorcycle. If this type of person OS in a "risk assessment" position, there's virtually no chance of a proposal going through.
Then you still need an ambulance, so the bike can't replace a unit, so there's add'l cost.
I do the 911 gig for a living. I have several coworkers who ride without protective gear. I've been on several bad outcome motorcycle accidents with many of them over the years and they are unchanged. Whatever floats the boat, sometimes we all learn the hard way I suppose.