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Tactical Operations Paramedic Support (T.O.P.S.)
"Good medicine in bad places"
Rutherford County EMS T.O.P.S. team was established in 1993 and is the oldest of the special teams. Paramedics are trained to provide medical support during tactical operations with law enforcement. They are trained in evacuation and treatment of patients under hostile conditions. They are equipped and ready to respond to such incidents as riots, hostage situations, and felony warrant arrests.
The team consists of eight paramedics that work primarily with the Rutherford County Sheriffs Department, however the team is made available for training and deployment for all law enforcement agencies within the County. The team trains monthly and must pass yearly physical agility tests.
In 1996, the RCEMS Pedal Medic Team was started with a monetary donation of $500 from Middle Tennessee Medical Center and a donation of two Specialized HardRock Bicycles from Nashville Bike Company of Murfreesboro.
Fourteen Paramedics and EMT's joined the team with all training and events worked by the team members off-duty and without pay. Today, the team consists of ten to fifteen members and training takes place on their days off, without pay. The team does receive pay for working most events, except for covering Public Relation Events for Rutherford County. Training is mandatory at least once a month.
Photo of Bike Team members assisting someone The team presently rides Gary Fisher mountain bikes. These bikes are equipped with lights, sirens, AED's, BLS and all ACLS drugs, and portable 02. The teams ride in pairs with one bike equipped with the BLS supplies and the other with all ALS supplies.
Over half of the Medics and EMT's are I.P.M.B.A. certified. The International Police Mountain Bike Association added EMS Cyclist Section to their training. This consists of four days of classroom and riding skills training. This teaches how to ride in large crowds of people and difficult places which allows the rider to get to the injured victim.
The team covers large events like Uncle Dave Macon Days, MTSU football games, the Smyrna Air Shows, Christmas Parades, and Street Festivals. The team rides on the Greenway when time and weather permits. The bike team has their own trailer, small maintenance shop, and tools to keep the bicycle and equipment in top working order. All team members wear uniforms which consist of red shirts and black pants or shorts.