Gilbert to use two-person vehicles for some medical calls
By The Associated Press
Artist's rendition of Gilbert's new response vehicle. (Source: Gilbert Fire & Rescue)
GILBERT, AZ (AP) -
Gilbert's fire and rescue department is seeing whether sending a smaller vehicle instead of a firetruck to handle some medical calls works for the Phoenix suburb.
Gilbert Fire and Rescue says it's starting a pilot program to send a two-person rescue vehicle with a paramedic and emergency medical technician instead of a four-person firetruck to handle less-critical medical calls.
Chief Jim Jobusch says the yearlong pilot program beginning Monday is an effort to maintain response standards in the growing city, which has a population of about 250,000.
Jobusch says all calls are important and get high-quality service but that not all require a four-person crew.
Chandler began using so-called "low-acuity response units" in 2015 to respond to lower-urgency medical calls.