LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez joined Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas today to unveil the city's latest “fast-response” firefighting vehicle, FRV 82.
The vehicle if the fourth of its type to be added to the LAFD fleet. City officials called it an important tool to ensure quick and effective responses to a fire or medical emergency.
“Angelenos deserve the best equipped and most effective fire department in America,” Garcetti said. “The Fast Response Vehicle is part of that commitment, and it puts the idea behind my 2020 Vision for L.A.'s Future, driving innovations to define the future we're building to work in our communities now.”
FRV 82 will be stationed in the Hollywood area. LAFD now has FRVs assigned to every geographic bureau, with units already deployed in downtown Los Angeles, Watts and Sylmar, according to the mayor's office.
The FRV carries all the equipment and medical supplies of a paramedic unit, and it is equipped with a 300-gallon water tank with pumping capacity.
Instead of deploying a larger fire engine or ambulance to respond to a medical emergency, the FRV crew can respond to calls and reach a site quicker.