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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

San Diego Fire-Rescue ZuumCraft Deployed "The Zuumer"

San Diego Fire-Rescue Boosts Marathon EMS Support with Electric Scooters

All-electric “apparatus” are the newest addition to San Diego’s inventory
SDF-RD Captain/Paramedic Ed Jones uses the ZuumCraft to help get a runner back to an aid station with the help of volunteer medical staff. Photo Bob Graham

By Bob Graham
Published Tuesday, June 4, 2013
June 3, 2013 – The Rock-n-Roll Marathon has been taking to the streets of San Diego for 20 years. And alongside the runners, San Diego Fire-Rescue has provided medical support when needed. This year however, the department made a leap forward, putting new, environmentally friendly fire “apparatus” in the field for the first time. 
Working alongside the ambulances and paramedic bike teams at the event were four new ZuumCraft electric scooters. Complete with San Diego Fire-Rescue insignia, emergency LED lighting and all the medical equipment and supplies necessary to render immediate assistance and care to those in need, the scooters are capable of getting a paramedic on scene in minimal time. According to the manufacturer, the scooters can carry a 200-lb. rider at a speed of up to 20 miles per hour with a range of 40 miles, including the ability to climb a 12% grade.   The all-wheel steering gives medics the ability to quickly maneuver through crowds and around obstacles much faster than an ambulance or fire apparatus could.
The Zuumers were first positioned near the starting line, and then repositioned on the last several miles of the course, where it was estimated the majority of calls would occur. With a heavy marine layer staying in place throughout the race, those participating were treated to much cooler temperatures than they would have encountered on a typical San Diego weekend.
According to Maurice Luque, SDF-RD spokesperson, Fire-Rescue medics responded to 30 medical aid calls during the marathon, with 10 of those calls resulting in patient transport.  Luque added that plans call for the department to eventually add four more scooters to their apparatus inventory, which will be used at a variety of civic events.


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