Mayor Garcetti celebrates launch of new LAFD Fast Response Vehicle unit

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined Councilmember Monica Rodriguez and Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Chief Ralph Terrazas at a press conference to announce the launch of FRV 82, the Department’s fourth Fast Response Vehicle (FRV). The launch of FRV 82 is an important milestone in the Mayor’s back to basics agenda delivering common sense reforms to improve city services — and there’s no more important service to the residents of Los Angeles than a quick and effective response in a fire or medical emergency.

“Angelenos deserve the best-equipped and most effective fire department in America,” said Mayor Garcetti. “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 serve Hollywood, and with its launch the LAFD now has Fast Response Vehicles assigned to every geographic bureau with units already deployed in Downtown L.A., Watts, and Sylmar. The FRV carries all the equipment and medical supplies of a paramedic unit, and is also equipped with a 300 gallon water tank with pumping capacity. Instead of deploying an engine or ambulance to respond to a medical emergency, the FRV can now take those calls, get to the site more quickly, and offer a greater array of life-saving resources. As a result, equipment that once would have been deployed for medical emergencies is now available for other emergencies, which in turn cuts the time between a 911 call coming in and a unit arriving on scene. 

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