October 27, 2018
The Twin Cities Mountain Bike Patrol (TCMBP) was formed in 2018 to meet the need for a volunteer group of first responders to assure safety on Metro area mountain bike trails, and provide medical support at a variety of sports events. Most of the members of TCMBP are also members of the Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, and/or the former MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) Mountain Bike Patrol, and have been involved in medical support for numerous events in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin since 1996. Their red jerseys with the white cross on them are a familiar sight at the Twin Cities Marathon, the BLAST Series mountain bike races, the City of Lakes Loppet (on skis and mountain bikes), the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, as well as all of the Team Ortho/Minnesota Monster Series races since their conception.
The majority of the patrollers are trained to the Wilderness First Responder level, although their ranks also include Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals. Their medical training has served them well, with documented saves at the Twin Cities Marathon in 2012, and again in 2014, and a BLAST Series race in 2008, as well as countless interventions for both serious and minor medical issues. Members are also certified in the highest level of Basic Life Support, CPR for the Healthcare Provider with Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), in addition to their first aid/emergency medical certification. Patrollers ride on the course in teams of two, equipped with first aid supplies for trauma, bone and joint injuries, common medical situations such as nausea, vomiting, cramping, dehydration/over hydration, and heat and cold illnesses. Each team also carries a special, compact AED, which were purchased through a grant by the Team Ortho Foundation.
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