Portland (OR) Studying Effectiveness of Rapid Response Vehicles

Some Portland Fire and Rescue crews made the switch from the traditional fire truck to smaller SUVs, reports katu.com.

Fire officials said the city is still studying the use of the new fleet. The SUVs were introduced last summer. Fire crews said SUVs are supposed to relieve fire engines for more serious medical calls. 

Lieutenant Rich Chatman said more than 80 percent of the calls his department receives are for medical emergencies.

“We have the same medical supply that we would carry on the engine or truck, because in some cases, our engines were actually on a serious call and another serious call came in and the RV had to respond to it,” Chatman said.

Two fire engines were retired to pay for the SUVs.

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