Hello, and welcome to the Homepage of the
International Fire & EMS Motorcycle Response Unit Association (IMRUA®).
Our association is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to help facilitate the communication and cooperation between various Fire and EMS services worldwide who use motorcycles or other 2 wheeled vehicles in their service. Our mission is to make the use of motorcycles as safe and effective as possible and to promote their use in busy Fire and EMS services to help improve response times and elevate the level of public service provided.
Fire and EMS Motorcycle Response Units (or MRUs) can be highly beneficial as call volumes increase, municipalities become more congested and traffic worsens, and resources become scarce. Our work environment is very unique and highly demanding, as we often work alone in a profession that is usually based on teams of responders, requiring MRU personnel to be highly trained and have many years of experience. Our space is limited and therefore must be maximized with specialty equipment designed for our intense working conditions. Our constructive cooperation through IMRUA has improved our MRU utilization whereby improving the level of services provided to hundreds of communities around the world.
Dr. Patric Lausch
Hungarian EMS Agency MRU
How everything started...
founding |I|M|R|U|A|® in 2009
On the occasion of the first International Conference of Motorcycle Respond Units from 12 to 14 June 2009 in Pécs, Hungary, paramedics from Hungary, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, USA, Great Britain, Australia and Germany got together to establish the International Fire & EMS Motorcycle Response Unit Association, “IMURA”. Therefore the German “Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.” is charter member of IMURA.
In their different countries all Paramedic Motorcycle Squadrons provide active support for the public rescue service and contribute to reduce hold-back times. In major cities Motorcycle First Responders to some extent were able to cut down the time between the incoming emergency call and arrival on scene by 50%. This improves the medical outcome for cardiovascular and trauma patients.
On the final day of the conference all present ambulance motorcycles of all nations involved participated in an extensive drill executed together with the Pécs Firebrigade and the local rescue service to reveal that trained paramedics are brilliantly embedded in the Chain-Of-Survival to accomplish the patient-centred assistance in the shortest possible time – despite all communication problems (commands were often passed on in six different languages).
Finally the conference members agreed to schedule their reunion every two years. The second IMURA Congress has taken place in 2011 in Koper/Slovenia, the third was 2013 in Germany/Salzgitter and the fourth Congress was 2015 in Netherland/Zwolle. The next congress, the fifth, will be in April 2017 in Poland / Gdansk. The exact date will be announced soon..
IMRUA Congress 2011
IMRUA Congress 2013
IMRUA Congress 2015