An ambulance emergency response vehicle
is a vehicle operated by an emergency medical service
to respond to medical emergencies either in addition to, or in place of, an ambulance
capable of transporting patients.
They can also be known as a fly car
, echo unit
, rapid response vehicle (RRV)
, quick response vehicle (QRV)
, quick response service (QRS)
, emergency response unit (ERU)
, paramedic chase car
, fast response unit (FRU)
, tango unit
or simply an ambulance car (PRU) Paramedic Response Unit.
Emergency response vehicles can be used to reach a scene more quickly than a standard ambulance, as they may be able to move through traffic with greater ease, or travel at greater speed, to bring additional or more skilled resource to a scene, or to simply to avoid sending too much resource to medical problems that do not require it.
The vehicle may be a production car (often a station wagon
as they have greater carrying capacity) which is provided and manned by an emergency medical service
organization in order to provide transport to their staff. The fly-car enables the crew (often a lone responder) to bring their equipment quickly to the scene of an emergency, and may carry most of the same equipment as a full size ambulance
, although it is likely to be limited in its capacity to transport patients.
An emergency response vehicle can help emergency medical organizations use their resources more efficiently, sending this smaller vehicle to the scene of an... Read More