Los Angeles firefighter motorcycle response team

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Firefighters on motorcycles are skirting Los Angeles road congestion and getting to places where bigger vehicles can’t. The Fire Department’s five-member unit of two-wheeled first responders can get to an injured victim quickly and scout fires and other problems.

The Kawasaki off-road-capable motorcycles are outfitted with a defibrillator, fire extinguisher, medical supplies and a handlebar-mounted GPS system.

Fire Chief Brian Cummings says the motorcycles could be one of the solutions to improving response times.

The Los Angeles Times says the pilot motorcycle program debuted during last year’s two-day closure of a 10-mile stretch of busy Interstate 405 when hundreds of thousands of motorists dodged doomsday predictions of “Carmageddon.”

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