Illinois River medics provide emergency care in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A medical transport crew in Peoria takes a break from its truck each weekend to staff Illinois’ first, and perhaps only, Advanced Life Support transport watercraft.

The Journal Star reports that the waterborne ambulance serves a dual purpose as an emergency responder and ambassador of safety on the Illinois River.

Josh Bradshaw is an EMT and community resource manager for American Medical Technologists. He says the program allows the One Advanced Medical Transport crew to engage with the public in a different way while promoting safety.

Their primary goal is to provide medical care on the river and shoreline during boating or skiing accidents. It also tows stranded boats and gives kids free life jackets.