Bike MS: Buckeye Breakaway 2016 (formerly known as Pedal to the Point)

On August 6th and 7th (2016) the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society will be holding its Bike MS: Buckeye Breakaway 2016 (formerly known as Pedal to the Point). This event is a unique cycling adventure that challenges riders of all ages, levels and abilities while also raising money to end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The Ride begins at Brunswick High School. Over 2,500 cyclists travel to Ashland where they’ll relax with friends while enjoying overnight entertainment at Ashland University.  The next day, riders make the return trip to Brunswick High School where they are welcomed by massotherapists and a celebratory picnic.

We are searching for Physicians, Nurses, Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders, and Amateur Radio Operators to Volunteer for this event. As part of the Emergency Medical Services, you will be providing Communications and/or Emergency Medical Service along the route and/or at First Aid Stations located at the rest stops.

Amateur Radio Operator Volunteer Information

To volunteer you must hold a valid Amateur Radio Operator License and be permitted to operate on the 2m and 70cm bands. You will also need to supply your own radio equipment able to operate on these bands (mobile radios with at least 35 watts are recommended). You will be positioned along the route and at Rest Stops. You will need to be able to supply your own transportation to you assigned location.

We are also looking for Amateur Radio Operators willing to operate as a SAG (Support and Gear) Vehicle on the route. In this role you would drive the route and assist with cyclists who have broken down and need transportation to the next Rest Stop or the Finish Line. A bike rack on your vehicle would be very helpful.  In addition we are looking for Hams to ride along in the Medical Response Vehicles to provide communications for the Medical Operations.

Medical Volunteer Information

As part of the Emergency Medical Services, you will be providing Emergency Medical Service along the Route and/or at First Aid Stations located at the rest stops. Personal vehicles will be used for transportation of medical staff and for the response units.

To volunteer as part of the emergency medical services for this event, you must hold a valid Ohio License as a Physician, Nurse, EMT-B (or higher) or First Responder. In addition, volunteers who hold a current Certification in American Red Cross Emergency Response or an equivalent course will be accepted. All Emergency Medical Services volunteers, except Amateur Radio Operators, are required to have a current AHA CPR Level C or equivalent.

Medical Support Logistics and Protocol Safety Training

We will hold a meeting of all of the medical services volunteers for this event (if you cannot attend please contact us and we will make other arrangements so that you can volunteer). The meeting will include a review of the medical protocols and the basic logistics for the event. Please bring a copy of all of your certification cards to this meeting or have your original certifications available for verification (if photocopies cannot legally be obtained).

This meeting will be held on Thursday July 28th (2016) at 7 p.m. at Kent State University Twinsburg Regional Academic Center located at 2745 Creekside Drive, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

Volunteer Sign-Up On-Line For Both Medical and Communications Volunteers

You can sign up on-line, just click HERE to be taken to the Sign-Up Form.

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