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South Wales medics are preparing for the influx of shoppers this holiday season


By Simon Gaskell
South Wales Echo

CARDIFF, South Wales — Paramedics are using pedal power to save lives in Cardiff this Christmas - after switching to their bikes for city centre medical emergencies. The Welsh Ambulance Service is teaming up with St John Wales to pilot a First Responder Cyclist (FRC) scheme to prepare for the influx of shoppers and revellers flocking to the city during the next month.

After beginning last weekend, the scheme will see FRCs use mountain bikes to cover the city's streets, pedestrian precincts and shopping arcades. Each of the cycling FRCs will be equipped with a mini defibrillator and a resuscitation kit.

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