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