New Bike Officers/Medics Get Extra Training for the Parade

Police Officers, Medics and Firefighters from all over the Greater Houston Area recently completed EMS and Police Cyclist Operations Courses certified by IPMBA (International Police Mountain Bike Association).

The FM 1960 Parade Committee covered tuition for those who volunteered to come back and work the parade on Sunday, March 13. Those officers and medics underwent additional training ahead of the parade.

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The 3-Day Bike Response Team (BRT) training includes crowd management operations, practical exercises involving riding and deploying in formations, team riding in crowds, arrest/rescue techniques, gas mask operations, slow speed skills, mounts and dismounts.  The students also learned how to use the bike as another tool in dealing with crowd management and crowd control incidents. Some of these lessons are clearly for future use, in case the officers and medics are called upon to handle civil unrest situations such as rioting.

The courses leading up to the BRT training are described below.

 

Bike Class Attendees

The Pasadena Fire Department and Cypress Creek EMS also have students in the class

Of the seven IPMBA certified instructors, six are from Cypress Creek EMS. They are Matt Tomlinson (Lead EMS Instructor), Bobby Sellers (Lead Police Instructor), Brian Gillman, Jeff Taylor, Steven Ray, and Juan Rodriguez. The seventh instructor is former CCEMS Field Supervisor Rebecca Lane,  who now works for Fort Bend EMS.

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Lead Police Instructor Bobby Sellers Teaches the Finer Points of Low Speed Maneuvering in Tight Spaces

Although some of the training is the same, there are differences between the Police and EMS courses. Here are the course descriptions.

EMS Course Description:  Safety, job performance, and efficiency are at the root of this training program. EMS personnel on bikes can frequently respond more quickly than those in motor vehicles, especially in congested urban areas and in crowds. They are also effective in search-and-rescue operations, such as those resulting from natural disasters. Students learn basic and emergency bike-handling skills, riding single and in pairs under various traffic conditions, ways to effectively and safely pack equipment, techniques designed to safely handle EMS scenes, and personal safety techniques. This course is a must for Medics seeking to develop and improve their riding skills and their use of the bike on the job.

Course Length: minimum 32 hours

Testing Procedure: Written & On-Bike

Requirements: Applicants must currently be EMS personnel currently assigned to bike units, EMS personnel applying to become members of a bike unit, or members of an agency considering use of the bicycle.

Certification: IPMBA Certification is available to EMS personnel who successfully complete the practical test, earn a score of 76% or better on the written test, become members of IPMBA, and submit applications for certification accompanied by the appropriate fee.

Police Course Description

Bicycle officers need to ride whenever and wherever they are needed. Proper training is essential to an officer’s on-the-job performance and safety. It is also critical in reducing liability. The PC course provides bicycle officers with the skills they need to effectively serve their communities. The course is divided into eleven units: Bike Handling & Vehicular Cycling, Bike Fit, Group Riding, Hazard Recognition & Common Crashes, Obstacle Clearing & Riding Techniques, Patrol Procedures, Nighttime Patrol, Community Policing, Basic Maintenance, Legal Issues & Traffic Laws, and Fitness & Nutrition. This demanding class involves over 20 hours of on-bike time to develop and improve riding skills.

Course Length: minimum 40 hours

Testing Procedure: written & on-bike

Requirements: Applicants must be police officers currently assigned to bike patrol, officers applying to become members of a bike unit, or members of a department considering use of the bicycle.

Certification: IPMBA Certification is available to sworn police officers who successfully complete the practical test, earn a score of 76% or better on the written test, become members of IPMBA, and submit applications for certification accompanied by the appropriate fee.

TCLEOSE credit for successful completion of the course will be awarded to Texas Peace Officers.

 

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