Medic on a Motorcycle

An article in today’s O explores how Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is dealing with the increasing difficulty of getting fire engines through congested traffic. Some of the ideas include having paramedics arrive on motorcycles instead of fire trucks (already done in some Asian cities), use of traffic cams to direct emergency personnel and installing sprinklers in single-family homes.

What I find interesting is that this article is NOT about the Portland Fire Bureau, suggesting that the urban street grid is less susceptible to this problem than suburban arterials and cul-de-sacs.

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