CareFlight Paramedic to swap helicopter for bike

CAREFLIGHT Senior Flight Paramedic Brad Solomon is trading in flying at an altitude of 4000 feet in a Bell 412 helicopter for a road bike and bitumen – and it’s all for a good cause.

Brad is one of four determined CareFlight staff pulling on a cycling jersey at this weekend’s annual CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge on Sunday, May 4.

A peloton of cyclists will join Brad in the epic 260-kilometre ride to help raise vital funds and spread awareness about the important work of the air-medical retrieval service.


“We wanted to create a unique fundraising event that would be challenging and fun at the same time,” Brad said.

“The physical and emotional stamina needed to make the 260-kilometre distance up the Toowoomba range will be a huge achievement for every one of the participants.

“One that I hope will inspire other people to set goals and achieve them, no matter how big or small.”

The ride begins at CareFlight’s Varsity Lakes office on the Gold Coast at 5am and ends at CareFlight’s Toowoomba hangar at approximately 4.30pm the same day.

“This will be my third time participating and although the ride will be a long and tough journey, I’m looking forward to sharing the camaraderie between the riders as we support each other along the way,” he added.

Brad has been a CareFlight Paramedic for 18 years and says that while the job is challenging, the variety of work and the opportunity to help people in need, makes it very satisfying.

“There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’, so we must be prepared to respond quickly to a variety of time-critical and complex emergencies, ranging from serious motor vehicle accidents to transferring critically ill patients between hospitals, or being tasked on search and rescue missions.

“It’s a rewarding job, but one that is only made possible thanks to the generosity of the public and businesses who donate to the service,” Brad stated.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue choppers are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week at four helicopter bases with specialist medical and aviation crew who are ready to help at a moment’s notice.

Community support remains crucial to the ongoing resources needed to deliver the very best rapid response medical care to Queensland communities.

You can support the CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge by donating to one of the cyclists here.