Portland (OR) Fire Bureau Reviews Use of Rapid Response Vehicles

The Portland (OR) Fire Bureau is reportedly having success with its implementation of rapid response vehicles equipped specifically for medical emergencies.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1hM5bfl) that the fire department of Oregon’s most populous city has found its response times improved at all four fire stations that have the new rapid response vehicles.

The specially-equipped SUVs get better mileage and their maintenance and repair costs are much lower than for full-sized fire apparatus, saving the department thousands of dollars.

The program, which involves two-person crews to run the vehicles, has also freed up fire crews to focus on critical fire incidents and rescues.

Read more about this program at http://bit.ly/1hM5bfl.

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