Councilmember O'Farrell, LAFD Unveil Fast Response Vehicle for Echo Park

Mitch O'Farrell, LAFD

ECHO PARK - In an effort to decrease response times to critical patients and other emergency situations, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will begin a six-month pilot program using a two member dual-response resource, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Chief Ralph Terrazas announced this week.

The Fast Response Vehicle, or FRV, will be stationed overnight in Elysian Park and start each day at Fire Station 20 in Echo Park. The vehicle will service the Central City/Pico-Union/Echo Park area during peak weekday hours to provide flexible fire and EMS response in some of the City’s busiest areas.

"The Fast Response Vehicle is particularly important in the hillside communities of my district, and could potentially shave critical minutes off response times,” said Councilmember O'Farrell. “This new resource is a step in the right direction, and the next step will include the return of the engine company that was taken during the budget cuts of 2011.”

The FRV is a quad-cab pickup truck/brush patrol that functions as both a fire-suppression vehicle and first-response Advanced Life Support unit. The FRV carries all the equipment and medical supplies of a paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Unit and is also equipped with a 300 gallon water tank with pumping capacity.

“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,” Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said. “Upon completion of the pilot program, the data will be evaluated. If the FRV is proven efficient, it may be expanded into other areas of the City.”

“I want to thank Chief Terrazas for working with me to make sure that the communities served by Fire Station 20 in Echo Park have all the resources they need, and that my district be kept safe," said O’Farrell.

The pilot program includes a second FRV, which is based in the North San Fernando Valley.