Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service is hoping to launch EMS on bikes -- perhaps in time for the Memorial Day Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks at Compo Beach.

In an announcement last week about that prospect, EMS Bike Team Chairman Michael Salvatore reported that EMS is trying to raise $15,000 to move the plan off the drawing board quickly.

Salvatore said research shows more than 300 EMS bike teams across the country, including units in Norwalk, New Britain, Stratford and Bristol. They are also found at military installations, hospital-based EMS, colleges and search and rescue units, he said.

The bikes, which would cost about $1,800 with equipment, would supplement transport in highly congested areas and at special events such as the Memorial Day parade and the Italian Festival, he said.

The two-wheelers, which would allow EMS personnel to move faster and safer than by ambulance, need to be multi-speed mountain bikes with dual purpose tires for on- and off-road conditions, Salvatore said.

The donations would pay for four police-style bicycles, equipment bags, helmets, uniforms, training and medical supplies, Salvatore said.

Tax-deductible donations may be made out by check to WVEMS, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) volunteer organization.