. - Tens of thousands of people are expected to cross the Ravenel Bridge for the 2016 Cooper River Bridge Run, which means all hands on deck for local first responders.
Charleston County EMS will be "calling all cars," Div. Chief Dwayne Simmons said of the 10k race. "We'll have ambulances. We'll have other rescuers," Simmons said. "Students normally help and some of the hospitals. It's a big effort, and we all work together on the Bridge Run."
Simmons will also navigate the crowds on a special motorcycle equipped with oxygen, airway kits and medicine for dehydration. It has an AED defibrillator for cardiac emergencies and even an obstetrics kit.
"Just about any emergency that needs to be taken care of, we can handle the beginnings of it," Simmons said.
According to Simmons, there's only one EMS motorcycle within Charleston County EMS, but he said the department has ordered another. The vehicles are typically used for large crowd events, like the Bridge Run, since the motorcycle can navigate through people and congested streets easily.
"The motor is able to cover more ground and maneuver between traffic to areas we can start patient treatment," Simmons said.
According to officials, Charleston County EMS plans months in advance for the Bridge Run to make sure race-goers are taken care of on the big day.
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