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Gilbert to use two-person vehicles for some medical calls

Posted: 5:06 AM, Jan 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-27 07:14:07-05
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.