On the Site:


Park City paramedics use dirt bikes to respond to trail emergencies

Jul 21, 2023, 6:28 PM

PARK CITY, Utah — Paramedics in Park City use dirt bikes to respond to emergencies.

When there are emergencies on these trails, search, and rescue crews have different kinds of vehicles they use, but a lot of the time they have had to respond on foot.

“When someone has an emergency on our trail, they call 911 and those coordinates are dispatched to us,”  Captain Matt Provost said. “A lot of these trails are single track and they’re not accessible by UTVs.”

The Park City Fire District moto program helps the first responders race to the rescue when the clock is ticking. They said hikes with heavy equipment can take hours. This is a faster alternative.

“We want to get to our patients as quickly as possible doing the least amount of damage as possible,” Provost said.

The program has been in place for years. Around 60 members of the department participate in trainings so they are prepared when there’s an emergency.

“We have people that have never ridden a motorcycle before but are exceptionally good at EMS,” Provost said.

The district currently has five motorcycles. They’re each outfitted with lights and sirens.

“They’re a lot more user friendly, a lot easier for our personnel to ride, and we’re doing what we can to limit our environmental impact as well,” he said.

The first responders driving the bikes carry backpacks full of first aid items.

“We have an AED, we have medications to deal allergic reactions, also some Narcan…some saline, we also carry some glucose,”  firefighter and moto program head, Ricky Szukala, said.

These motorbike paramedics cut response times and help patients receive care faster.

“Our motorcycle will get to the patient first, make patient contact, start patient care then from there, they’ll talk to our incident command and we’ll figure out the best route to get a side by side to the patient,” Provost said.

They said they use the trainings to educate the community on what they’re doing and how it saves lives.

“A lot of people haven’t seen us on these yet so we kind of get mixed signals initially, but once they realize who we are, they’re super happy we’re out there and they’re thankful we’re kind of hovering around them in case they get hurt,” Szukala said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Jordan Thorpe scrapes snow off his windshield after the first snow of the season in the valley in S...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Warnings, advisories issued as ‘significant’ winter storms heads toward Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal forecasters issued a series of winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories across Utah on Thursday, ahead of a “significant” winter storm with the potential to dump more than 2 feet of snow in the mountains this weekend. The Wasatch Mountains and Wasatch Back communities are expected to receive the […]

19 minutes ago

(KSL TV)...

Matt Gephardt & Cimaron Neugebauer

Bountiful woman left without phone service or answers days after her husband dies

When you pay for a phone service, you expect it to work. But after being unable to make or receive calls despite reaching out to the provider multiple times to fix it – a Utah woman decided it was time to Get Gephardt.

9 hours ago

Cami Johnson reported to police in 2017 that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by her ex-husba...

Daniella Rivera

Sexual assault survivor says delays in police investigation allowed perpetrator to attack a teenager

A Utah woman said delays in properly investigating her report of sexual assault allowed her perpetrator to remain free and attack a teenage girl more than a year later. The KSL Investigators examined the timeline of multiple investigations involving the same man.

9 hours ago

(Jeff Dahdah, KSL TV)...

Alex Cabrero

New USU police dog being trained to help students with stress

This is Sage, the newest member of the USU Police Department. Her specialty is something relatively new for police departments: helping those after a traumatic or stressful event.

11 hours ago

Mug shot from prison...

Eliza Pace and Garna Mejia, KSL TV

Lori Vallow Daybell moved from Idaho prison to Arizona prison to face other charges

Convicted killer, Lori Vallow Daybell is no longer in the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center and now sits in an Arizona Jail.

11 hours ago

(Courtesy of the Parr family)...

Shara Park

Family of Isabelle Parr celebrates her life on the anniversary of her death

A Holladay family is offering forgiveness to the driver of a hit and run accident that took the life of UVU student Isabelle Parr.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Park City paramedics use dirt bikes to respond to trail emergencies