New 'bike medic' program begins at LAX

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The Los Angeles International Airport and the L.A. Fire Department have teamed up to roll out a new "bike medic" pilot program at the airport.

It includes two medic bike teams, which will be able to weave through traffic and reach injured or ill travelers more efficiently.

Charles Pannunzio with LAX told KPCC that these on-site medics will determine whether someone needs to be transported to a hospital by an emergency vehicle.

"If the fire department doesn't have to send a fire truck or an ambulance, those resources can be used elsewhere," Pannunzio said. "And also, it doesn't impact the traffic."

Bike medics aren't new to the airport: They're usually brought in to help with injuries during high-traffic periods like Christmas and Thanksgiving.

The pilot program will be assessed after the six-month period to determine whether it will be extended.

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