Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas and members of the Los Angeles City Council on Monday unveiled the department’s new Fast Response Vehicle (FRV) Pilot Program.
The FRVs are quad-cab pickups that function as fire-suppression vehicles and first-response advanced life support units. The city is testing two of the vehicles – one in the Pico-Union and Echo Park communities northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and one in the San Fernando Valley. The vehicles provide flexible fire and EMS response. The FRVs carry all the equipment and medical supplies of a paramedic mobile intensive care unit and are equipped with a 300-gallon water tank to fight fires.
“This trial program is another example of the LAFD working to find more efficient and effective ways to continually decrease response times and improve operational efficiency,” Terrazas said.
Following the pilot program, the vehicles may be expanded into other areas of the city.
“The Fast Response Vehicle is particularly critical in the hillside communities of my district, and could potentially shave critical minutes off response times,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District. “This new FRV is a step in the right direction.”
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