EMS Director Mike Thomason for Dallas County is gearing up for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) by staffing ambulances and first responders along the route.
Thomason said there will be four tents that are staffed by first responders in the towns of Dawson, Perry, Woodward, Dallas Center, Minburn, and Van Meter.
"We have plans on how to extricate people from the (Raccoon River) Bicycle Trail and the Woodward High Trestle Trail," Thomason said. "We are responsible for those who break the rules or decide to make a different route."
Staffing for RAGBRAI does take away from first responders and ambulance units, so Thomason has called in favors with surrounding communities.
"I’ve talked to Waukee, Boone County, and other surrounding areas and they will help us respond to calls if we are at a RAGBRAI call," he said. "We are trying to run both operations so our resources aren’t depleted."
The cost to assist both Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 23, is $500 per day, but Thomason said the department will make up for those costs in transports.
"We are well-prepared and expecting to do extrication off of the bike trail; however, because it is EMS we have to roll with whatever is dealt to us," he added.
The board also discussed holding two more informational meetings on the proposed county administration and jail facility to be located east of Adel on Highway 6.
Meetings will be held