On July 4th 2023, the Sterling Rescue Bike Team sent four providers to Washington DC to assist the National Park Service in support of the National Independence Day Celebration. The team provided medical support for the parade and the national fireworks display. The weather was warm, but cooled off some as the sun was setting. Our teams responded to heat related illnesses, minor injuries from falls, and other medical emergencies as they arose.
Sterling Rescue has been supporting the National Park Service for many years with the Independence Day Celebration, providing first aid and Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency management services to the over 700,000 people enjoying the parade, fireworks and other entertainment. Team members utilize bicycles to navigate dense crowds during special events like these, to access patients faster than conventional vehicles. The mobility of the Sterling Rescue bicycle teams allows us to shift our support during the event, from the parade route in the afternoon, to the fireworks display watch areas in the evening, to best support the emergency medical needs of the participants.
Participants were: Erik Hanna, Al Molina, Kate Passow and Mike Seppala.
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