CCEMS and IPMBA
The concept of providing advanced level prehospital care and rapid responses to large, congested community events has proven effective beyond the original team member’s expectations. The early success of the team provided opportunities for the unit to grow and by 1998, the team decided that more training was needed to improve bike handling skills for the safety of everyone. After evaluating several programs that had proven successful with police departments around the country, the early members joined the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) and began the process of certifying all the team members according to IPMBA standards. The early course was designed around law enforcement procedures, but at its core was a solid foundation of bike handling skills unique to riding as a public safety cyclist. The first supervisor of the CCEMS bike team became actively involved with IPMBA and worked with other members to adapt the police cyclist course to meet the unique needs of the medical responders and with that, the EMS Cyclist Course was created.
By 2005, the team had achieved much success and with it the need to grow. Several members were sent to the IPMBA conference to attend an instructor’s course; with the intent of coming back and teaching the IPMBA EMS Cyclist Course in-house to our members in the future. This concept again was successful beyond our expectations due to the growth in the number of agencies that were looking to develop similar cycling teams within their organizations. Over the next several years, CCEMS was teaching two to three classes annually and expanded the training to include police and EMS cyclists from all over the state. With this increased training demand, we continued to develop our team members and certify new instructors every few years.
Over the next 10 years, Cypress Creek EMS increased its commitment to the success of IPMBA and the use of EMS cyclist. Currently, CCEMS Assistant Executive Director Wren Nealy serves as president of IPMBA. In addition, two CCEMS members serve on the Board of Directors and eight team members are certified as IPMBA instructors or instructor trainers. All of our instructors actively attend the annual IPMBA conference and teach regionally and nationally.
Cypress Creek EMS was instrumental in integrating medical personnel into the Bicycle Response Team Training curriculum to support law enforcement on the front lines of crowd control situations. This new curriculum has become the standard for bike team deployment nationally.