First Aid

The St John Ambulance Bicycle Emergency Response Team (BERT) will proudly be providing first aid services to competitors at the 2019 Duo Classic.

If you come across an injured rider, please stop, provide assistance and ask a fellow rider to inform race officials at the next checkpoint. Remember to take note of the injured riders’ race number to provide to the officials.

BERT and the Duo Classic
BERT and St John Ambulance are very proud of their association with the Duo Classic and even more so of the event’s founders and our BERT ambassadors Rebecca and Dan McConnell. For BERT the Duo Classic is an event that especially resonates with the team. Placing emphasis on team work the Duo Classic mirrors the philosophy of BERT, a service that also emphasises and is dependent upon team work, in BERT’s case to support community events and to save lives.

What is St John BERT providing for the Duo Classic 2019 event?
At the Duo Classic 2019, St John Ambulance BERT will be providing the following services.

  • A First Aid Post at the event village.
  • 2 BERT units on course. These two teams each staffed with two BERT officers carrying first aid equipment and pain relief medication.
  • An onsite ambulance. The ambulance will provide an enclosed treatment space.
  • Liaison with emergency services. All transport to hospital will be organised with ACT Ambulance Service.

What to do if you or another competitor is injured?
If you need any first aid attention, see one of the St John Ambulance crew or an event marshal for assistance.

A bit about BERT and St John Ambulance
The Bicycle Emergency Response Team known as BERT is a pre-hospital Advanced Life Support service administered by St John Ambulance Australia (NSW). With over 130 years of experience, St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) provides first aid training, products, and first aid services at events.

BERT was first established in 1998, just in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Now in its 20th year, the service is staffed by over 50 highly trained St John Ambulance volunteers providing over 3,600 man hours annually to over 70 events state-wide. BERT can be found at special events across NSW and ACT where the area, roadways, crowds or access difficulty will delay conventional Advanced Life Support provision or response time to an incident.