Emergency Bikers

Birmingham's paramedic bikers

Meet the team that race around saving lives in the city.

Birmingham's paramedic bikers

Meet the frontline heroes of Britain's emergency services as we follow West Midland's Ambulance Service biker paramedics and Essex police biker cops, and enter the world of those who daily risk their lives to save ours.

From shootings and stabbings to heart attacks and delivering babies, Birmingham's three biker paramedics - Steve Harris, Barry Rudge and Mark Hayes - race on their Yamaha FJR1300s to incidents within an eight mile radius of the city centre.

All three have been injured as they risk life and limb responding to an average 400 calls a month. They get there in half the time of a traditional ambulance, adding precious minutes to frontline treatment.


Steve Harris (Series 1 and 2)

Steve Harrisaka Forrest Grump - because he tends to be a bit grumpy

  • He’s been with the ambulance service since 1978.
  • One highlight of his career was delivering twin girls.
  • He reckons he’s got the best job going.
  • His hobby is 4x4 off-roading.


Mark Hayes (Series 1 and 2)

Markaka Flymo – because he took a bend too fast during training and trimmed the grass embankment

  • He joined the ambulance service in 1995.
  • One of his most dramatic incidents was a city centre stabbing where the only way to save the patient was for Mark to plug a severed artery with his finger. The man survived.
  • He loves gadgets.


Barry Rudge (Series 1)

Barry Rudgeaka Flipper - because he took a drenching when he flipped his bike into a river during training, and was told he needed flippers instead of legs

  • He joined the Ambulance Service in 1983.
  • He's a petrol head who used to race in his spare time.
  • He's an ex-Honda Motorcycle CB500 Club champion.

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  • Deanna Louise

    10 months ago

    Deanna Louise

    Enjoy this show so much!! I want to be a paramedic in the near by furture so by watching the program I have learnt a lot of things. It would be a plasure if I could meet both Steve and Mark. Keep up the good work!!

  • sarah higginbotham

    11 months ago

    sarah higginbotham

    myself and my youngest boy love your program thank you for it . we would like to know if there any chance of meeting mark hanze and steven cooper plz as my mum lives near by nd we vist and look for to your relpy

  • ciaran connolly

    12 months ago

    ciaran connolly

    Just not the same.used to forward through the cop bits just to watch the banter with forest and flymo.just cant Watch it no. ...spoiled a good show :(

  • brummie33

    1 year ago

    brummie33

    BRUMMIE33 IT SAD THAT BIKERS HAVE BEEN TAKEN OFF CHANNEL 5 GONE OVER TO WATCH IT NOT FAIR I MET MARK HE WAS LOVELY

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  • Becky O'Gorman

    over 1 year ago

    Becky O'Gorman

    OMG Love The Show - Wondering When New Series Is Coming Out My Faviourite Person is Steve And Mark Because They Make Me Laugh When I Watch The Show - Always Wanted To Meet Them - Big Fan x

  • Carol Price

    almost 2 years ago

    Carol Price

    Just wanted to say a big thank you to Mark who, not on his bike but in an ambulance with technician Noor, responded to a 999 call to my Mom Ann who had a fall in her bathroom last Thursday 5th July 2012. Mom had been on the bathroom floor all night before I raised the alarm. Mark was so very kind to Mom and in a very constrained space he made Mom comfortable and managed, with the help of another unit to get her safely out if the house and onto the ambulance. Mom broke her femur v badly and unfortunately had an arrest on the op table. She was in intensive care for 4 days but is making slow progress. The job Mark and his fellow paramedics do is an amazing one; thank you so much for your dedication, care and kindness.

  • Terry W

    almost 2 years ago

    Terry W

    Thanks Steve for all you did for me and my aunt I am more or less back to normal Auntie is doing well in hospital

  • Annemarie Hayward

    2 years ago

    Annemarie Hayward

    Is there going to be another series coming soon?

  • Flissy

    2 years ago

    Flissy

    Steve is my favourite....I love him purrrrrrrrr!

  • lindsay  mckillop

    over 2 years ago

    lindsay mckillop

    To all the Parmedic staff may your new year be filled with all you wish yourself.Steve and Mark yer proper gents and made two old ladies very happy when they met you in brum i aem the scottish lady who distured your tea break and you were so polite thanks again boys you made our day.People like you should get a OBE never mind next year boys

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  • laura parkes

    over 2 years ago

    laura parkes

    i love emergency bikers does anyone know when they are coming back i want a signed photo of them

  • Neil Gardner

    over 2 years ago

    Neil Gardner

    Devon Freewheelers have their very own Flymo and Forrest lookalikes!

  • Jack Homer

    over 2 years ago

    Jack Homer

    Hi Mark saw you today at the German market, went to ask you a question and you had to respond to an incident! keep up the good work and good luck with further incidents! :)

  • Clare

    over 2 years ago

    Clare

    Just had a kebab with mark at the German Market, keep it up guys

  • dan

    over 2 years ago

    dan

    brilliant programme met mark on sunday and had a photo made my day

  • yorkshirepudding

    over 2 years ago

    yorkshirepudding

    I love this show, and I always like the bits where they do something on the lesser known emergency bikers. Here in the North East, we have a vehicle recovery motorcycle operating on the A1, that can tow cars to safety to keep rush hour traffic moving. Check out pics on http://www.cfmotoringservices.co.uk/recovery.html. Perhaps this could be featured in one of the programmes?

  • jon

    over 2 years ago

    jon

    was wondering when the series that is being recorded in cornwall is being put on i want to see it so badly because some has been recorded in newquay

  • Bootneck Dave

    over 2 years ago

    Bootneck Dave

    I am a Fireman and Volunteer Ambulance Officer here in Perth West Oz. I used to be a Motorbike Police Officer here before the fire service. Love the program but sorry Essex I prefer the Birmingham Paramedics ;-p we don't have the traffic issues here or the population density for biker paramedics but the volunteers do have 'pushbike first aiders' for big events !!!! I am a Shrewsbury boy originally and former Royal Marine. Love your work keep it up Ambo's should be in the media more often to help with recruiting it is a service we could NOT do without, just like Police.

  • AnneMarie

    over 2 years ago

    AnneMarie

    Hello has Mark and Steve ever thought about training St John Ambulance Mamebers in Advanced First Aid

  • ToddGreenbank

    over 2 years ago

    ToddGreenbank

    Hello i am from New Zealand we like watching the prog and great work you do over there we dont have that sort of service over here arriving on motor bikes to save people and we are motorbike fans.

  • Kelly Bickford

    over 2 years ago

    Kelly Bickford

    Hi there are are you. Just wondering if there is going to be any new series this year or next year as I miss not watching it. I am a massive fan of them.

  • Ellie

    over 2 years ago

    Ellie

    i like steve he's my fav.

  • Sandy Innes

    over 2 years ago

    Sandy Innes

    Doing good lads

  • Sandy Innes

    over 2 years ago

    Sandy Innes

    doing good job

  • Graham Jones

    over 2 years ago

    Graham Jones

    Barry has retired due to ill health.

  • Kath

    over 2 years ago

    Kath

    Where is Barry Rudge please

  • Louise

    over 2 years ago

    Louise

    What a fab show!! I'm off to Birmingham soon on a training session - my daughter is soooo jealous!! I am definitely gonna spend some time looking out for the lovely Mark! He so brightens up my day!

  • AngelaClarke

    over 2 years ago

    AngelaClarke

    We love this show. My son has just started a paramedic science foundation degree at Coventry University. Steve and Mark are inspirational! Keep up the good work.

  • Dawn

    over 2 years ago

    Dawn

    This is a great show i love it be safe lads i agree with Carrie above mark is great xx

  • Carrie

    over 2 years ago

    Carrie

    Great show guys, luv watching the programme especially Mark : ) xx

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  • JOHN

    over 2 years ago

    JOHN

    I MET MARK TODAY AND HAD MY PHOTO TAKEN WITH HIM THANKS MARK JUST NEED TO GET STEVE

  • zoe

    over 2 years ago

    zoe

    Every wednesday night our house comes to a stand still as mom cant go a week without watching mark and steve and the amazing job they do. They always give 100% and are a true inspiration showing just what going that extra mile can do for individuals. Even on a shopping trip to birmingham mom keeps a look out for mark and steve haha.... perhaps one day she may just pass them when shes shopping

  • iain l

    over 2 years ago

    iain l

    just seen the first episode of the new series and being a biker myself really opens your eyes into how dangerous mark and steve battle through traffic in the city they are a great credit to the nhs and who knows i might stumble across them one day (not during their line of work) well done channel five best show on tv best wishes for barry keep up the good work guys!!!

  • Mike F

    over 2 years ago

    Mike F

    Great show nice to see true life professionalism with humanity...as well ... can someone supply information regarding the back packs and the body worn video recording equipment (and mounts) as am currently trying to source equipment for a charity project..ps.. cant wait to see next series..

  • ryan

    over 2 years ago

    ryan

    i met steve in brum today was thankfull he gave me time for quick snap haha love the show there amazing at what they do and brave to ride them monsters through the city every dayy fair play!

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  • ColinS

    over 2 years ago

    ColinS

    Absolutely brill show, guys you are a credit to WMAS. So much professionalism. Keep up the good work and keep filming. I hope you inspire more young people to become Para Bikers. WELL DONE!!. Cant wait for your return on 24th August 2011.

  • ColinS

    over 2 years ago

    ColinS

    Absolutely brill show, guys you are a credit to WMAS. So much professionalism. Keep up the good work and keep filming. I hope you inspire more young people to become Para Bikers. WELL DONE!!. Cant wait for your return on 24th August 2011.

  • lclassylass

    over 2 years ago

    lclassylass

    My thoughts go out all Paramedics with Birmmingham riots forgotten heros evert one.

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  • jane

    over 2 years ago

    jane

    Cant wait for the new series, just joined local bloodbikes group. Any chance of autographed photo for fundraising or even better a visit?

  • Graham Jones

    over 2 years ago

    Graham Jones

    New series starting on 24th August 2011

  • Annemarie

    over 2 years ago

    Annemarie

    Went to BHX at weekend, didn't see either Mark or Steve. Will be going again very soon as liked the shops. Can anyone give me a clue as to where they hide.

  • Kelly Bickford

    over 2 years ago

    Kelly Bickford

    Hi there. I am still a massive fan of emergency bikers and love watching it. If its impossible to have their autographs. Just wanted to know when the next series of emergency bikers is on

  • Ryan McBride

    over 2 years ago

    Ryan McBride

    Can someone fill me in on the case which involved an Army Medic having seizures at the train station, my sky+ clipped the ending which usualy gives you the outcomes. Love the show You guys do a fantastic job hope there will be more series in the future. Ryan

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  • Claire Louise

    almost 3 years ago

    Claire Louise

    Amazing show. Absolutely love it. Hope there is another series or whatever soon :) Saw Steve in Birmingham on Monday.

  • Biz Jackson

    almost 3 years ago

    Biz Jackson

    BIZ What a good program,thank you to Steve&Mark and people like these guys who put up with a lot of flack to keep us all safe and well THANK YOU. Hope Barry is keeping well.

  • Annemarie

    almost 3 years ago

    Annemarie

    Coming to BHX at the end of July. Hopefully might bump into Steve or Mark, to say hello and congralute them on maing the show so enjoyable.

  • jason clarke

    almost 3 years ago

    jason clarke

    maximum respect to these guys, i must admit that being into bikes and generally loving riding is what made me watch this, the skill and precision these guys have when riding is excellent but you have to take your hat off to the sheer passion these guys have for the job. it dont matter who you are, how bad you treat them or how aggressive you can be these guys will help you regardless, they want you to be ok and they strive to see you in good shape. maybe its being on camera, maybe its written in the rule book of being a paramedic but you can see in all their mannerisms that these guys are for real, job or no job they are the most caring people on the planet and human beings you can fully rely on. i live near the birmingham city centre and would love to just congratulate these guys on a job well done one day, and we should all do the same to any we see because without these guys the world just wouldnt be a nice place. as for the police, they do a job, it serves an important purpose but boy oh boy that guy martin ackers i think his name is, he one hard mother biker, he take nil shitto its hilarious how harsh this guy can be but in the end the person taking the punishment will not do it again so lesson learnt... the hard way :) keep up the good work guys we support you all the way, hope to see much much more of this program.

  • Amanda Baker

    almost 3 years ago

    Amanda Baker

    I'm about to start a new job at Birmingham Fort on Monday, seeing the insane way people drive around Brum is making me more nervous about the drive over there (buses would take too long from Halesowen). I'm just hoping that there won't be any need for me to be meeting these guys in anything but a social way.

  • anthony phillips

    almost 3 years ago

    anthony phillips

    why dont we see flipper any more?

  • Mikey CBR1100XX

    almost 3 years ago

    Mikey CBR1100XX

    Being a Biker and been riding since I was 9yrs old I love this Show well done CH5 - - Steve and Mark are Awesome - - hope Barry is back soon. Not sure about the POLICE side of it..mainly due to the increased use of unmarked police biker/bikes to infiltrate Bikers in groups.

  • bobby

    almost 3 years ago

    bobby

    these guys are awsome at biking there better than me i should be ashamed of myself :(

  • Crag

    almost 3 years ago

    Crag

    I think it should just be Steve, Mark and Barry on the show. I'm soryy, but the police just ain't that interesting anymore. Love the paramedics tho!

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  • Anne Stubbs

    almost 3 years ago

    Anne Stubbs

    my favourite programme by far - loving Steve and Mark as they seem so genuine!

  • dan

    almost 3 years ago

    dan

    met steve and mark in town the other week fab men

  • Richard Leitch

    almost 3 years ago

    Richard Leitch

    Well done fellas, we watch you all every week.Hope to see Barry back soon.

  • Graham Jones

    almost 3 years ago

    Graham Jones

    Well done guys keep it up. It's about time the Ambulance service got a program of it's own as there are a lot of police programs out there. From a retired technician. Ps. What make are your Leathers?

  • Ben mullen

    almost 3 years ago

    Ben mullen

    Guy's you came and filmed with us at the BMF CADAR Police Stand!!! Thanks for coming along, we look forward to seeing you again...

  • sharon

    almost 3 years ago

    sharon

    thanks for looking after me on new street station

  • sharon

    almost 3 years ago

    sharon

    thanks for looking after me on new street station

  • Mel

    almost 3 years ago

    Mel

    Series is one of most interesting on TV - I think I'm in love with Steve...

  • tash

    almost 3 years ago

    tash

    wowthe show is amazing you guys are brill, iv just this min come from an accident scene not far from my housep and steve and mark hayes was there. 10/5/11 the accident involed a car and a bus, on woodthorpe road kings heaths. you two were brill well done to every one there at scene

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  • lclassylass

    3 years ago

    lclassylass

    I my am in brum from scotland and am on a mission to get my photo taken with one of the team. Where am i lightly too the find.A true credit to nhs.

  • victoria

    3 years ago

    victoria

    these 3 guys are a credit to the NHS, total respect for being able to combine the awesome paramedic skills with their motorcycle skills

  • Julie

    3 years ago

    Julie

    I think Steve is gorgeous. When he's on screen I go wobbly! Excellent work all. Take care xx( for Steve!)

  • Annemarie

    3 years ago

    Annemarie

    Just passed my First Aid at Work course. The show makes so much more sense now. Keep up the good work, might be joining you one day.

  • Matt Moore

    3 years ago

    Matt Moore

    Worked with Mark while filming for series three. He is a really nice guy who knows his stuff keep up the good work guys and hope to be working alongside for st paddys 2012

  • doug and Amy

    3 years ago

    doug and Amy

    Hi guys, you are real heroes and fantastic on TV too. Keep up the great work. Me and my daughter Amy especially like Steve (but hey, you are all nice people!) and we don't think he is grumpy at all. Does anyone know what the outcomes were for two of the patients featured on last night's show (series 2- episode 12)- there was a yopung lad with a head injury and another poor lad who had attempted suicide. Hope they got the treatment and help they needed at hospital.

  • Maggie and John

    3 years ago

    Maggie and John

    Absolute heroes! Why is it that footballers and non entities are given OBE's etc for doing nothing and these guys put their lives on the line for us every day but are rarely recognised? Wonderful lads. Thank you for your dedication.

  • Henry Street

    3 years ago

    Henry Street

    I work with these guys and they are the same off camera as they are on. It was too bad Flipper had to leave, we all wish him well in his premature retirement. Filming has just started on the next series so i am sure Steve and Mark will be back on the TV very soon.

  • Liz & David

    3 years ago

    Liz & David

    Great Show and True heros, I know its all in a days work but they are so profesional and take everything in their stride. Just been to Birmingham for the weekend and wondered if we would come across any on the featured bikers on duty and fortunately managed to meet 'forrest' doing the crossword in the coffee bar, had a couple of words and told him he wasnt grumpy. Thanks for a great show.

  • Chris Lee

    3 years ago

    Chris Lee

    Love watching these guys. A true inspiration. I am a medical techy that rides a self funded ambulance quad in Cornwall but always look forward to watching these guys and the many adventures they experience. Keep it up guys, all the best Chris from Quad Response, Cornwall.

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  • Dottylotty

    3 years ago

    Dottylotty

    Just watching the show!! Which I love!! I just wanted to say you do a fantastic job!!

  • Edward Taylor

    3 years ago

    Edward Taylor

    Saw the guys in the St.Patricks Parade on Sunday 13th March, managed to say a few words to Steve as he was in a car with the window down,Mark was on his bike, told Steve how I enjoyed the progamme and thanked him for what they do for the people of B'ham and for those who visit B'ham. Then later on went to catch the Bus home and there was a gentleman collasped on the floor a lady was trying to give him medical attention, then along came Mark closely followed by Steve all the time giving the gentleman medical and life saving attention, the incident was being filmed. I hoped the gentleman made a recovery. It was a sad ending for me after really enjoying myself at the Irish parade. Well done channel 5 a really great programme and for selecting these guys for your programme.

  • Birmingham ink

    3 years ago

    Birmingham ink

    The tattoos were done at Birmingham ink tattoo studio, 66 dalton street, city centre, B4 7LX, www.birminghamink.com the guys are absolutely amazing! Genuine heroes and we are so proud to have worked with them, all the best

  • Jim

    3 years ago

    Jim

    Yous are great!!!! Keep up the great work! Love Yous guys!

  • Adrian

    3 years ago

    Adrian

    These paramedic bikers are 2 fantastic guys so good at what they do and telly stars to they come over really well.Keep up the srerling work.

  • Simon

    3 years ago

    Simon

    These folks are amazing! Especially the paramedics - absolute heroes. Fast, life-saving and incredible. Thank you.

  • Alex

    3 years ago

    Alex

    Actually Jan furze, the snake and staff is originally the rod of Asclepius, the greek god of medicine and healing. Retold in the bible as the story you mention..it also refers to an ancient (but still used) medical practice of removing parasitic worms using a stick.. Also, LOVE the show guys..I'm hoping to start paramedic training soon and I love watching the experts at work..

  • Jan Furze

    3 years ago

    Jan Furze

    Love the series, but Steve wasn't quite right about the serpent emblem. This emblem depicts the story in the Bible about Snakes biting the children of Israel who were in the wilderness. In the story the people come to Moses to ask forgiveness from God since they feel it is a plague. Moses is told by God to put a bronze serpent on his staff, with the promise that if anyone who is bitten looks at the staff - they will not die! Bet even old Moses couldn't have foreseen this episode would end up on Steve's arm in a Birmingham tattoo shop. Keep up the good work you brilliant Guys.

  • David A*

    3 years ago

    David A*

    Does anyone know the name of the tattoo shop that Mark and Steve got their tattoos done on the episode screened on 7.2.11? Thought it might be Chameleon Tattoos - but where?

  • darien blake

    3 years ago

    darien blake

    what a wicked and brill series..im a biker myself and currently ride a ducati 1098...so if mark is up for it i can show him how to ride that zx10r of his lol...keep the good work up lads..hope to see you out and about in birmingham some time..and the tea is on me...

  • kelly. bickford

    3 years ago

    kelly. bickford

    As you are good at your job it would be a true if I could meet you all in brentwood as I could learn more from you.

  • jamie andrews

    3 years ago

    jamie andrews

    your work on the tv is good thanks do 9000n eposodes

  • Harry Cearnes

    3 years ago

    Harry Cearnes

    I what more series! U guys are great you do an amazing job keep it up WELL DONE.

  • Luke Bone

    over 3 years ago

    Luke Bone

    wow u guys are amazing im traing to be a paramedic at the moment id love to work on the bikes but im aiming to work on the air ambulance but hay you guy's are my role modles amazing work guys well done

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  • Kelly Louise Bickford

    over 3 years ago

    Kelly Louise Bickford

    I have been watching the emergency bikers on channel5 and i love watching it. The three bikers are very good at their job. I have passsed a firstaid course and have just started to voluntar for st johns ambulance chelmsford division.I Know what to do in an emergency. i look forward to the next series. do you know when that will be bye for now Kelly Louise Bickford From Brentwood Essex

  • onion

    over 3 years ago

    onion

    great show, get well soon Barry and keep up the good work steve and mark.

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  • paul

    over 3 years ago

    paul

    what are the headsets that are used on the bikes

  • John hauton

    over 3 years ago

    John hauton

    We really enjoy the series, and we hope Barry gets better soon. Kindest regards and seasons greetings. John & Tina Lincoln

  • Steven Roberts

    over 3 years ago

    Steven Roberts

    I asked about Barry on the Emergency Bikers Facebook Page and was told "Barry is currently off work due to an aggressive form of Rheumatoid Arthritis so it's to painful for him to work at the moment. But there is some good news he is now on strong pain relief so we should see him on our screens soon!"

  • Rachel

    over 3 years ago

    Rachel

    i am thankfull for all the great work

  • Chris Love

    over 3 years ago

    Chris Love

    I LOVE THESE GUYS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  • Chris rown

    over 3 years ago

    Chris rown

    I hope you enjoyed the meal at the Fox Inn on the 10th Dec; good to meet you after all Andy from A&S has said (all positive of course).

  • Emma

    over 3 years ago

    Emma

    Whats wrong with Barry - he's my fav x

  • Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Anonymous

    Get Well Soon Barry and its an Awesome show

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