I’ve been looking forward to today for a couple of weeks. Today’s the follow up of the bike patrol course where we do some review on defensive biking, formations, safety, medical responses, and of course the best part: Running scenarios on a bike. Then three days before the course, I sprained my ankle badly 😦 So much for biking. I still went to the course and despite limping around, had a good time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try out those fancy new Brodie Bandit bikes loaded with brand new panniers and medical equipment. I felt like I was being teased, everything was in sight, but just out of reach.
In retrospect, perhaps spraining my ankle wasn’t so bad. Since I wasn’t on the bikes, I was basically patient for the scenarios and spent a lot of time chatting with an officer who’s also working as a paramedic. I was talking to him about EMR and whether I should get licensed or not, even though I’m planning on applying for the PCP program in January. One topic led to another, and somehow the topic of ride-alongs came up. He said he was more than happy to take me on some. Sweet!
It has been a year and a half since my last ride-along. I’ve gained a lot more knowledge and skills within that time, so the ride-alongs should make more sense this time around. One week’s time to get off these crutches!