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BTP on bikes are coming out for London Pride

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Specialist police medics, who respond to incidents on the London Underground, will for the first time start deploying to incidents on bikes. 
 
The officers will deploy on bikes during busy periods including during the night time economy, rush hour and at events. This will support the BTP and TfL’s Network Incident Response Team (NIRT) who respond to incidents on the London Underground, assisting passengers and helping Tube services to resume again.
 
Formed in 2011, the NIRT brought together, for the very first time in the railway industry, a bespoke team of officers trained with advanced medic capabilities and other skills, working with London Underground’s most senior deployable operational managers.
 
Officers on bikes will deploy to areas primarily in Zone 1 and Zone 2 areas, responding to crimes, medical incidents and rail operational incidents likely to have an impact on London Underground services. 
 
Head of the unit, Inspector Stuart Downs, said: “It won’t just be the rainbow flags and face paint coming out for London Pride this weekend, this event will be the inaugural deployment of our cycle response capability”.  
 
“Cycling is an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly way of getting around the capital. The use of the bikes by our existing officers will help cut our deployment time, helping to keep the network moving safely and securely. 
 
“Our cycle response capability is in addition to the established NIRT vehicles, which transport a senior operation manager from TfL as well as vital equipment such as stretchers, specialist extraction equipment and advanced medical supplies.” 
 
Incidents on the London Underground can have a profound impact on the smooth running of the network, early intervention and resolution is key to keeping London moving. Officers will deploy alongside paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, ensuring patients receive quick, specialist care and addressing the associated police matters. 
 
Inspector Downs added: “If a person becomes unwell or suffers and injury on the Tube, every second counts. Our number one concern will always be the care of the passenger, but we also have to remember the wellbeing of the thousands of passengers who may be trapped in trains in tunnels. The cycle squad will massively decrease our response time in the more congested central areas; meaning that Tube services can resume as soon as possible.”
 
Richard Jones, Head of Network Delivery at TfL, said: “TfL and BTP have been working in partnership for several years to develop the capability of this world class team, which responds to a range of medical and operational incidents on the railway. This initiative is another example of the Network Incident Response Team putting customer safety first and working with the police to keep London moving.”

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