The JFRD Bicycle Emergency Response Team began when three fire fighters rode bikes through the crowd to provide emergency medical assistance during the city's New Year's Eve celebration in 1999. Since that time, the team has grown to more than 30 members and provided emergency responders for Super Bowl XXXIX and other events with large crowds.
The Bike Team, as the unit is commonly called, enables emergency personnel to respond faster through large crowds and congested areas than if they were in a Rescue vehicle. Typically, the team works outside Everbank Field during football games such as Jacksonville Jaguars home games, the Gator Bowl, ACC Championship and Florida-Georgia. The team also works at Metropolitan Park during large concerts or events. And the team provides emergency medical response during the River Run, other races and any large event.
The Bike Team is equipped with all medications carried on Rescue vehicles as well as an automated external defibrillator.
All team members are emergency medical technicians or paramedics. They also are all certified for wildland and urban search and rescue.